Sustainable Christian community…
If Christianity is to become aware of what it is, we must abandon the pastoral church which takes care of people, which is the usual form of the Western church. Instead, we have to call to life a Christian community church. Either we set about this church reform by ourselves, or it will be forced on us by the loss of church members.
Jason Evans included this Moltmann quote in a talk he gave at San Jose 07. He talked about new models of church.
How do we call to life a Christian community church? How can we fully engage the missional identity and vision for church, while not sacrifice the value of caring for people? I am convinced these kinds of questions are being stirred by the Holy Spirit. I find myself carrying an eager curiosity–looking for how this stirring is being expressed across the Body of Christ.
I get what Moltmann is saying. There is primary orientation that must be nurtured in the identity, vision and culture of a community seeking to follow Jesus. God’s transforming mission is both outward and inward. The Church must be committed to both realities if it is to be viable/sustainable in a post-Christendom world.
They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. Psalm 1:3a
On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. Revelation 22:2