Christians of the world, this is my solemn request.
Stop going to church.
When you meet a fellow Christian, don’t start by asking what church they go to.
Stop wearing the wonderful things that your church does as a badge that you derive personal identity from.
Stop holding your pastor up as the one true source of theology and biblical interpretation (for their sake as much as anyone else’s)
Don’t find your identity as a Christian in how you gather together/worship/preach, or on some non-core theological principle.
Because that church has no future. That church is an event, a program, a tradition. Nobody who doesn’t already go to a church, wants to go to a church. The world does not need to go to church.
Instead, this what I believe we ought to do.
Start being a part of a church
Engage with the mission of your local church
Build your church community by loving people inside and outside of your church
Interact and wrestle with the things your pastor preaches, discussing how theology can be applied in your own life, and embracing the freedom to disagree without believing that disagreement must result in disunity.
But more than that…
Start being a part of the church
Embrace the mission of God in the lives of people you know
Take responsibility for owning the gospel that Jesus brought and live that truth every second you possibly can
Spread the hope that we have in knowing our God
Live like you know the creator of the world
That’s the church the world needs, and it’s the church that people want. And it’s the church that Jesus came to bring.