Over the next several months, Soma is planning to Re-engineer. It will be a hard but important process and to help Soma people keep up with what we are doing and for people who may be interested, I will be blogging about it as we go so you can see the process.
Why are we re-engineering? Over the last couple of years we have lost our way a bit. As a church we have been through some pretty rough times. Some people have left because it has been too hard. To be honest there are times I have wanted to follow them! But Sydney is a big city and it needs different churches to reach different people. Some of those people are going to walk into a church building and ask who Jesus is. Most won’t. As a church we want to reach those who won’t walk into a building and this means doing church differently. But we have lost our way a little in seeking to do that.
This is not to say there are some things we are doing well. We are. But the point is that there are some core things we have lost the idea of WHY are we doing this as opposed to that.
Re-engineering involves stopping what we are doing and asking some fundamental questions about our DNA as an organisation. It’s basically a stop and re-plant.
Here are some symptoms:
- We have lost who we are trying to reach.
- We have lost our sense of “every member ministry”.
- We are looking a lot like other churches, (so why not pack up and leave it to them?).
So the plan is to look at
- Church Structure – what are we doing
- Church Culture – who are we when we are doing it?
- Church Marks – what is church?
But in the reverse order. Most people think of church in the order I have listed. But the priority of the New Testament seems to be the other way around. We are obsessed with how the church should run and yet if you look at the book of Ephesians for example, the priority there is the culture of the church.
Why Church “marks” rather than defining a church? Firstly, defining a church is actually harder than it looks. There is always an exception somewhere. So it is, in my opinion, easier to look for some key marks of the church. Secondly, I think this works better for what we want to do. What is the not negotiables for what we shouldn’t change when it comes to church. It is after God’s church, not ours. More on this to come…