From Deconstruction to Transformation

    I hear, and participate in, a lot of this thing
called “deconstruction” when it comes to the present state of our
church culture and our understanding of what it means to be
Christian.  While I believe that there is a great necessity in
this process and that there is a movement toward something different
(hopefully better) on the horizon of the emerging church, I wonder if
there aren’t times that we have to be reminded of why we’re here. 
What’s the reason for deconstruction?  What are we emerging for and
to?
    I’ve been thinking about this since this morning
when I had my quarterly staff evaluation.  The question came up
concerning job description.  I frequently tease our elders that
I’m currently the minister of etcetera (all that stuff that nobody
else is in charge of — that’s mine).  But the question came out
of a desire to help me fulfill what I have perceived as my calling in
this place moreso than what’s not being done.  So I’ve been
thinking about the core of what I think we’re called to be both as the
church and personally for me as a minister.
    What I’ve come up with is life transformation
When people come in contact with God, actually meet Him and experience
him — they are transformed.  It happened to Moses on the
mountain.  It happened to Jesus on another mountain.  And it
happened to Paul on a dirt road.  It happened everytime Jesus came
into contact with a dead person (every funeral he ever attended ended
up a disaster — for a funeral, that is).   Paul says it this
way in 2 Corinthians, “We, who with
unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into
his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who
is the Spirit.”
   
So
much of my day is spent doing STUFF.  Filler.  Fluff. 
Etcetera.  I want to be God’s agent in the life transformation
business.  If we (corporately) want to really have an impact for
God in this world we need to be life transformers.  We need to
invest less in filler (parks and recreation) and more in life
change.  While there may be a need at some level to introduce
people to the life transformation process in a non-threatening way, we
seem to get stuck there.  Which leads us to worry more about
comfortable seating and decorations than about whether people actually
encounter God and walk away transformed.
    So how do we do that?  How do we help God
transform lives here in this place?  Which, if done and
reproduced  consistently over time, would ultimately transform
cities, countries, and the world.  (I’m reading up on the concept
of memes right now…interesting stuff.  I’ll post as I learn
more.)  I think that we’ve overcomplicated the process a
little.  It’s really four steps.

  1.  Go up to the top of the mountain and meet with God.
  2. Come back down the mountain and reflect his Glory to others.
  3. Take them up to the top with you.
  4. Repeat  (**note — going
    to the top of the mountain to meet with God does not necessarily equate
    with showing up to church for a Sunday or Wednesday gathering.)

    Sure…that’s pretty oversimplified, but it’s what
we’re supposed to be doing.  We get caught up in the business of
doing church and get bogged down in the details and the meetings and we
forget that somewhere along the way we’re supposed to be working along
side God in his effort at transforming individual lives.  We get
so caught up in managing the whole that we forget about the importance
of the parts (partially because we’re so busy managing the whole that
we don’t have any contact with the parts — but that’s another rant.)
    So for today that’s what I want.  I want to be
a Life Transformation Specialist.  That sounds like a good job
description.  But really it’s just a fancy way of saying
Jesus-follower.

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~ by Chris Green on October 21, 2004.

2 Responses to “From Deconstruction to Transformation”

  1. Great stuff! Really. I love the job title! The process which resembles mentoring a heck of a lot 😉 or as you said…just being a follower of the Master.I’ll be following as you read more…

  2. Really like the questions you are asking here. I am going to blog roll you so I can visit more.I have been asking the same question really for about 15 years, “Does it disciple well?” This is really the life -transformation question. Does this practice or theology or way we do church make people healthy, holy, humble, and happy. I have found a lot of stuff we do doesn’t. The road to answering these questions is very narrow. If it was an easy thing to find, the journey would be much shorter and simpler.Keep asking and seeking,God Bless,brad

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