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Temporary or Timeless Church?

Reggie Joiner
Reggie Joiner Tuesday June 29, 2010
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Changing form does not mean changing function, but the shape of the church at any time should be what God needs at that moment in history to accomplish His mission. Jesus came to challenge the system of His day, not to suggest there should not be any kind of system, but to emphasize that every system needs overhauling from time to time for the sake of a bigger mission.

We have to be willing to step back and realize why this is so important in today’s church. We need to look at our churches and programs and see them as wineskins. We need to make sure everyone knows the difference between what is TEMPORARY and what is TIMELESS. What are we going to do to make sure that we continue to demonstrate what is transcendent to the world? If our wineskins are old and not able to contain new wine, then we need to change the wineskins.

I sometimes hear people say, “The churches that are changing and innovative are abandoning what is timeless and sacred.” Maybe the churches that aren’t changing and innovative are the ones abandoning what is timeless and sacred. Over time, your responsibility is to make sure you are changing the wineskins and doing whatever you have to do to spotlight what is TRUE.

If you don’t upgrade along the way, a timeless core principle might be lost. An entire generation may not hear or understand TRUTH because you weren’t willing to pay the cost to make changes. (excerpt from p. 17-18 of The Orange Leader Handbook)

What needs upgrading in your church system or ministry?

Reggie Joiner is founder and CEO of Orange, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to influence those who influence the next generation. Orange provides resources and training for churches and organizations that create environments for parents, kids, and teenagers. Before starting Orange in 2006, Reggie was one of the founders of North Point Community Church with Andy Stanley. During his 11 years there, Reggie helped guide the church’s growth through an emphasis on innovative approaches to ministry for families. Reggie has authored and co-authored several books including Think Orange, A New Kind of Leader, Seven Practices of Effective Ministry, Parenting Beyond Your Capacity, Lead Small, When Relationships Matter, It’s Just a Phase So Don’t Miss It, and his newest publication It’s Personal. Reggie and his wife, Debbie, live in North Georgia and have four adult children and four grandchildren.