Time travel? That seems to be the visionary desire of the Anglican Church in Canada. They’ve launched a new website called, “Dream the Church: Vision 2019“. It’s intended to be a “church-wide exercise to discern, dream, and decide where we think God wants the Anglican Church of Canada to be in 2019.” But more than just an academic exercise, they are open to thoughts from across the board. You can upload videos, or write your dreams for the church for all to see.
On one hand, I loudly applaud the Anglican Church in Canada for opening the mic, so to speak. They recognize that good ideas can come from the grassroots level – that’s where God is working among the people. (Check out this honest entry from Jenna J., for example)
On the other hand, I would caution any effort for us to shape the church into our own likeness, or to serve our desires. The guiding question for the Vision 2019 campaign is, “Where is your church now, and where do you want the Anglican Church of Canada to be in 2019?” (italics mine). It isn’t about where I want the church to go, it’s about joining God in the direction He is already going.
God will be working out his plan of renewal and re-creation in 2019, the question is, will we?