City Church

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : June 27, 2005

A great post by Len at NextReformation.  Check it out.  Here’s a snippet:

Q. So.. the old churches are going to die?

A. Some will die.
Some will be like seeds sown in the ground and will spring up in new
life. Others, even in their decay, will become fertile ground for new
life.. life from the ruins. You see how mushrooms can appear fully
formed over night.. in reality, they have been growing in hidden places
for many days before they appear.

Others will remain much like
they are, but their leaders will be free to bless what I am doing
outside their walls because they hear My voice. These ones will become
part of a new tent and a new chaordic network. I have many faithful children in existing structures.

I know that urban types kinda poke fun at suburban types.  But I love this post because of its hopefulness.  I used to love the City because I hated the suburbs.  Now I love the City because it is so blissfully messy and complex and dark, yet crying out for hope.  Things aren’t hidden there.  You can see people walking down the street, with their stories dangling behind them like a shadow.

Mark Van Steenwyk is the editor of He is a Mennonite pastor (Missio Dei in Minneapolis), writer, speaker, and grassroots educator. He lives in South Minneapolis with his wife (Amy), son (Jonas) and some of their friends.

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