Thursday, July 26, 2012

Too agreeable

Josh Blunt continues his series about church planting posted at Kevin DeYoung's blog. In the first years of the plant they had used an "attractional, seeker-driven model" that increasingly seemed inadequate:
.... Our discipleship of new believers, our prayer culture, and our common understanding of the sacraments had been too anemic in the attractional years, and had failed to bring true unity. We had intended to “major in the majors and minor in the minors,” but instead had merely “agreed on the agreeables and avoided the avoidables.” ....
And as they avoided being disagreeable they avoided those doctrines that made their denomination distinctive:
.... We also grew more bold in our defense of our denomination’s paedobaptist theology. Attractional thinking had led us to soft sell our position and welcome those who espoused believer baptism. This tolerance was still affirmed; however, we began to realize we had worked so hard at honoring the exception that we had failed to champion the rule. [emphasis added] ....[more]
From Metro to Retro – Part 3 of 4 – Kevin DeYoung