The Crisis in the Church is a Crisis in the West

That there is a Crisis in the Western church is an irrefutable fact, as indicated by declining trends of membership, and more importantly declining numbers of Converts.

Unbounded Church‘ is an idea which has formed as a response to this tragedy of the now chronic ‘Missional Malaise‘ that plagues the traditional church. This Malaise being manifested by a now decades old failure to effectively reach the millions ‘stumbling in darkness‘ with the saving grace of God in the person of Christ. It is now, or at least ought to be, obvious, that ‘business as usual’ cannot continue.

Unbounded Church is the idea that for the church to be missionally effective in the rapidly revolving Kaleidoscope of constantly changing socio-spiritual micro-cultures that now comprise Australian/Western society, it urgently needs to be ‘unbound’, that is freed from the rigid, inflexible and ponderously slow, change-averse ‘Christendom’ forms and structures which bind it.

A totally new paradigm made up of networks of creative highly flexible Missional Communities is required which are free from the ‘bounds’, the walls (physical, cultural and spiritual) that currently lie between the traditional church model and the mosaic of sub-cultures that make up contemporary western society. Such Missional Communities will be designed to Go and embed themselves in the variety of ‘Live, Work and Play’ micro-cultures that now comprise western society.

The vision of Unbounded Church is to seeing the creation of a ‘Network of Networks’ (Missional Communities)  which form a new missional entity, in fact –

‘A church as we haven’t known it for a society as we haven’t known it’.

The purpose of  this site is to help, encourage, support and resurceall who are seeking to create new forms of more missionally effective church for the 21st century. I hope to contribute to this by sharing my over fifteen years worth of experiences (both good and bad) as well as the experiences of other colleagues, and by the provision of resources that may be helpful to those engaged or seeking to be engaged in our common task.

 

Photo Credit (here and on home page): Baneside Flickr via Compfight cc

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