Welcome to my blog!
This blog is about the shape of the church to come – and the need to break the mould of the past if Christians are to have a credible message to offer to a world facing daunting change. It is about telling a new story which can give our world hope for the future.
I believe the present situation of our society and world – a fragmented Middle East, Brexit and the Trump phenomenon being only a few examples of the challenges ahead – requires the church to tell a new story founded on a communal theology and empowered by a communal spirituality. It is a story about ‘a kingdom community’ and its universal gifts which I identify as life, liberation, love and learning.
The task of the church to come is to be the servant of the kingdom community. This is why it is called a ‘diaconal’ or servant church. It is such a servant relationship which must now shape the church’s life, work and leadership if its message is to be believed. For this to happen the mould of Christendom has to be broken.
But this is not just about the church. If our world is to survive another millennium, I believe that what is true for the church is true for all institutions. All must become diaconal institutions – overtly or implicitly servants of the kingdom community. As with the church, their ‘mission’, life and leadership must be shaped by that relationship.
This blog explores what it means for institutions, sacred and ‘secular’, to break with the past and become diaconal institutions. I focus mainly on the church because that body has a responsibility to exemplify what every diaconal institution should be like. However, the blog is also a modest attempt to explore what it could mean for a diaconal society and world to become a reality.
In the background pages to this blog I sketch out why I believe the creation of a diaconal church and other diaconal institutions is now imperative. In my on-going blog I explore how the life and work of the diaconal church might be made a dynamic reality in today’s world.
I welcome as fellow travellers anyone on a human and spiritual journey to discover a communal way of being church and world.