Looks like "ecclesiology" has made it to the top ten theological issues for the next ten years:
4) Ecclesiology - House church? Emerging church? Traditional? Contemporary? Multi-ethnic? Homogeneous? Seeker sensitive? Seeker driven? Gather for edification, scatter for evangelism? Mega-church, bad? Mega-church, good?
I think these issues will be adequately answered only as we step back from an ecclesiology that focuses on forms to an ecclesiology that focuses on identity and teleological function (which is what I'm pondering here). While anthropological considerations are important, they are not and must not be primary. God and God's purposes are always primary.

What is God up to and why is he using the church to do it?

The answer to that question forms the parameters for specific cultural forms.

ht: Brad Boydston


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