‘A church as we haven’t known it for a society as we haven’t known it’
In these times of rapid change, there is a serious missional malaise gripping the Australian church. The evidence for this is the now well documented decline in the number of disciples being made across the denominational spectrum. It is this that has led to the concept of the ‘Unbounded Church’.
Unbounded Church is the idea that the church in the Australian/Western culture needs to be unbound, freed from the rigid and inflexible ‘Christendom’ forms and structures which bind it. We must remove the physical and cultural walls between it and the socio-spiritual multiverses that make up contemporary western society.
One of the contributing factors to the general lack of missional fruitfulness by the traditional western church is the mindset that confuses the evangelistic ‘Activities’ designed to produce missional fruit with the desired missional ‘Outcomes’ themselves. This is what might be called the ‘Activity Trap’ We know that Jesus constantly indicated that he was looking…