Monday, July 14, 2014

I'm Back with One big Thought on Ministry in the 21st Century



I finally made it home after three weeks on the road: General Assembly, a week in Boston, driving to Memphis and then a week in Mississippi for the Freedom Summer History Tour, and then home here to Ann Arbor.

I will be posting my thoughts on General Assembly and the Mississippi Summer Freedom Project History Tour over the next few days. I met some amazing people and have some good pictures.

But the one big thought about "Ministry in the 21st Century" which has been riding along with me all across the miles is this: it's about the 21st Century!

The big problem is NOT adapting to new technology. We are all going to get to the new technology sooner or later, along with everybody else. Some adapt faster and some lag behind. That was true with the telephone too.

The big problem is also NOT about responding to generational changes. Time will take care of that situation. The geezerfication of the Boomers is well under way and by 2064, we will be singing in the heavenly choir, while a generation now unborn side-eyes wheezy Millennials on their Occupy History HoverBus Tours.

The big problem for "Ministry in the 21st Century" will be anticipating the social, political, economic and cultural conditions of the times to come, and discerning what liberal religious leaders are called to be and do in those conditions. 


4 comments:

James Gibbons Walker said...

“The prophetic liberal church is the church in which persons think and work together to interpret the signs of the times in light of their faith, to make explicit through discussion the epochal thinking that the times demand. The prophetic liberal church is the church in which all members share the common responsibility to attempt to foresee the consequences of human behavior (both individual and institutional) with the intention of making history in place of merely being pushed around by it. Only through the prophetism of all believers can we together foresee doom and mend our common ways.” - James Luther Adams

Ann Marie Alderman said...

Love ya, man

Tom Schade said...

Come on, James! You're giving away all my sources and inspirations. Once everybody knows I am just re-cycling James Luther Adams, people will just go read him, instead of my blog. Then what would I do?

ogre said...

"... while a generation now unborn side-eyes wheezy Millennials on their Occupy History HoverBus Tours."

Cracked me up. Thanks, Tom.

Add to that visioning foreseeing the impacts of global warming on "...the social, political, economic and cultural conditions of the times to come...".