ModelingI was reading an article online today about the different commerical weight loss programs and their success rate, and I was hilariously reminded of our "conversation" about ministry models. I have been known to try and loose a few pounds, and have even tried my hand at the old weight watchers point system with various ammounts of success, but like most Americans who want to shed a few lb's(or 50) I would rather find the plan that's right for me, one that is easiest and makes the most sense for my lifestyle and the foods I like to eat. The only problem is, only one of them seems to be working, the rest just offer false hope, or quick success that fades as real life slowly creeps it's way back in.
I'm not sure if there is only one model that is "right" for the church. I do see a lot of people searching for what they believe is the proper approach to church is. I think that Dusty may be right when he says "we need a prophet." What if what the church really needs is prophets and apostles, evangelists, pastors and teachers. In most churches there is only one person with any kind of influence. Churches get uncomfortable when they're getting anything except pastored. I'm wondering if the problem is less with the models in place and more with how much we allow the holy spirit to lead and guide the church.
I wonder if until we insert that "key" into the current ministry models if all of them won't just be like all the other weight loss plans. It's like my guy Dr. Phil says... "there's no magic pills or quick fixes... you don't loose weight until you stop eating the wrong foods, and start eating the right foods."