I came across a striking headline in the Globe and Mail, “Anglican Church Facing Threat of Extinction.” The article paints a hard picture of the future of the Anglican church. With declining numbers, a Bishop in British Columbia is closing churches en mass. The conclusion of Anglican leaders is that the status quo is no longer an option. Simply letting things trundle along is not a strategic plan. Church must be done differently.
For the sake of the Gospel, and for the sake of the Kingdom of God, and for the sake of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, what if we didn’t accept status quo? What if our passion and love for the Church ran deeper than simply upholding the status quo? Jesus caused ripples of change. His earliest followers went far and wide, boldly proclaiming the Kingdom of God. Fueled by the Good News of Jesus, the early Church grew in fiery love and grace. What if the Jesus Way became our way? I’m hopeful that it will.