Business, education, philosophy and economics all have authored literature that acknowledges a culture shift from the past 300-400 years of modernity to a new era being termed, postmodernity. The European faith community were the first to join the discussion and now America has joined in as well. In a recent conversation with my son, we agreed that relationships now form between groups of people based smaller, selective interests/activities and these small "tribes" have their own "language." Being able to carry on cross-tribal conversations therefore becomes an important defining characteristic of the new millennial ethos. These small 'tribes' of people are extremely varied in every way except the reason for which they have unity in language and conversation. I'm more and more convinced that the Church needs to see 'conversation training'
as a must for postmodern missions. We've all been lectured at for so long that I don't think many of us, ME included, know how to carry on a inclusive, non-threatening, hospitable, quality conversation that speaks with
people and not at
people. If the era has taken a seismic shift in defining how communities are being formed, then so must our 'discipleship' training models reflect this shift.
Labels: Culture, Emerging Church, Theology