|The perpetual motion machine|
In many corners of the church today, there’s an unhelpful and unhealthy division between theology and practical ministry. This division is damaging to both the discipline of theology and the practice of ministry because one without the other causes an imbalance.
Part of the cause of this division is the large number of theologically-minded people who spurn practicality as pragmatism. This can be seen as an overreaction to the Church Growth Movement of the 1980s.
Such critics rigorously decried a methodological mania as devoid of theological foundation. They took aim at folks in large, growing churches, accusing them of having only a modicum of theology accompanied by mountains of methodology.
Unfortunately, those theologically-minded people concerned with too much practicality, strategy, and leadership, threw the baby out with the bath water. Rather than looking for the proper place of practicality, strategy, and leadership, they found no place for it. Read More
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