I mentioned the George Barna book a few posts ago in which he says that in the US there are ‘revolutionaries’ who will change the face of the faith. These are the Christians who have chosen to live as faithful disciples without darkening the doors of a church.
This would make my vocation and ministry a fool’s errand. In fact, that would make the feasts and fasts of the church (the Church Year) nothing more than a cultural phenomena whose time has come.
While we have all heard of the ills of ‘organized religion’ and God knows I hate the bureacracy of my little slice of Christendom, is the ‘no church’ movement the wave of the future?
PS I know that the ‘Body of Christ’ is the people of God more than the building that we call ‘church.’ That does not make our spaces of worship less set apart for God’s use, however. In fact, how can we be set apart as the Temple of the Holy Spirit if we know no holy space, no ‘thin place’ in the world? I hope and pray that my parish nave and sanctuary is a ‘thin place,’ a place where the human and divine intersect. I also hope and pray that we all see ourselves as that intersection.