I posted a quote last week from Renovation of the Church by Kent Carlson and Mike Lueken, in which they pose the question of whether non-discipleship Christianity is normative. If you’re interested, I wrote a bit lengthier review that was posted over at The Burner Blog.
From my vantage point, I would agree with them that most churches (at least in the West) do not do a great job of intentionally forming people into disciples. We’re lucky, I suspect, that it’s not all up to us and that, arguably, our role as leaders and pastors is primarily to demonstrate what a posture of openness, submission, and child-like humility before God looks like. But we don’t always do a great job with that. And, again arguably, our churches are not set up or structured to do a great job with that.
So I enjoyed reading Carlson and Lueken’s story of their church’s transformation from a seeker-driven performance-based church to a church rooted in spiritual discipline and transformation through a renewed understanding of God’s kingdom. They don’t shy away from the difficulty of changing organizational culture, but nor do they wish to return to the “monster” of success-driven church. It’s a good read if you’re interested in discipleship, spiritual formation, or seeker-sensitive/driven church.