John Santic on Questions about “Mega Church” ecclesiology

kinnon —  December 6, 2006 — 1 Comment

I interviewed John in September for the Southside Community Church video I’m producing – and then we discovered each other in the blogosphere. John has a well thought out response to my Church of the Little Rascals post from last week.

Is God’s mission in this world to entertain the bored? Or is it about learning to act against injustice, feed the poor, care for the brokenhearted, and heal the sick? If church is all about getting people to come, then how does the pattern of being “sent” that we find in the incarnation fit into the picture? If a boring church is a sin, is not an entertaining one a sin also when we consider what the work of Christ was all about? Where does the call of Isaiah 61 fit into the picture?

These are just some questions stirring in me in light of what I read and what I’ve been pondering lately…

(ecclesiology – theology as applied to the nature and structure of the Christian Church)

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A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

One response to John Santic on Questions about “Mega Church” ecclesiology

  1. I view all churches as in transition from what they once were to what they will be. What will they be in the future? I don’t know, and I’m not sure anyone can say with any absolute certainty, what the future will bring. So, let us suppose that this tiny controversy rising out of your Little Rascals posting is just a part of a larger conversation that the Holy Spirit is using to lay the foundation for transforming churches that are focused on the entertainment value of the Spirit to be changed into churches for whom the Holy Spirit is a agent of personal and social transformation. Maybe on a larger scale, these “exciting” churches serve a contrasting purpose so that we might see actually where the church is to go. In other words, if these churches didn’t exist would we, in our fallenness, need to create them, so that we might understand how far we have to go to be the church in all its fullness. As long as God has not abandoned the church, I won’t either. He gives me enough reason everyday to hope that the best years of the church are still to come.


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