Here’s a video clip from Youtube. It features 3 guys that are all a little younger than me who have been in full-time pastoral work for a while. All 3 are in big cities and have large churches that they pastor. Really large.
Recently one of them, Francis Chan, announced he was leaving to pursue something new. In this video, Mark Driscoll (flannel) asks him some hard questions about that decision. Good questions. I think this is the way that brothers should talk to brothers. At the same time I think that Driscoll, if he’s speaking from his heart, perfectly illustrates the crossroads we find ourselves at as the Church in North America. That’s why I’m posting this video.
Chan clearly doesn’t have a plan or an agenda even if he has reasons for what he’s done. He sounds like someone who has suddenly found themselves in a place where it’s time to try following Jesus to the best of their understanding, systems of the past notwithstanding. I get where Chan is coming from and I’m saddened by where Driscoll is coming from.
Here’s the vid:
I’m interested in what you think. Are you feeling Driscoll or Chan more? Is it impossible to “tweak” the system enough or does it require us to go back to zero and start again? What are we holding on to that’s part of a dysfunctional system and what part is the stuff of life and love?
You can follow discussion on this over at Out of Ur.