A few days ago, I was talking with some seminary friends and we were complaining that all of the books that were hard to carry from class to class (back in the “old days”) are now available digitally. Now there are vast amounts of information available at the click of a few keys. This amount of data can be overwhelming and that’s a problem in itself, but there’s another problem. The data may be coming too fast.
A submarine can go too fast to hear its own sonar. Like submarines, pastors aren’t called to go fast, but to go deep. You can’t go fast and deep at the same time. Our world champions speed, but Christ calls us to live deeply.
Since I started teaching at Kairos over eight years ago, I’ve become an inadvertent expert on young adults. Getting to know this generation has been both a challenge and a reward, and being let into the lives of these young adults has been a great privilege for me.
Here is one of the differences I’ve discovered: Post-moderns look for truth in relationships. Moderns, on the other hand, look for truth in information. Postmoderns are looking for someone whose life is lived congruently and thus, evidence of a truthful life. Moderns look for coherent statements such as, “A is true. B=A, therefore B is true.”
Military strategists follow the troop movements of their enemies. When the troops are moving, where they’re moving, and the types of troops being moved can often give away the intentions of the enemy. Any military action, it seems, begins with a massing of the troops.
With this in mind, wouldn’t we, as church leaders, do well to see how Jesus is moving His troops – to understand how He wants us to “attack” our communities? In other words, wouldn’t knowing the gifts/passions/talents of our members help reveal how God wants to use our churches to reach those around us?