Several years ago, I developed severe back pain and had to go to the chiropractor. My chiropractor taught me several things about my body during my visits. The two most important lessons I learned were:
The church can learn a lot from chiropractic medicine.
The mission of your church is the spine of your church. Your church’s mission should be what connects all of the ministries together. The mission should drive ministry to children, youth, and adults. The mission should impact how the finance committee prioritizes spending, how the trustees improve the building, and what missional opportunities the church undertakes.
Just like our bodies, if any of the ministries are out of line, the church will experience pain. Sometimes, the pain is just discomfort. Sometimes, it is a sharp stabbing pain. Sometimes, the pain can be disabling.
Alignment is the key to a healthy body and church. When your back is in alignment all your systems communicate and work well together. When the ministries of the church are aligned with the mission of the church, everyone is working together to accomplish its purpose.
When my chiropractor evaluated my back, she found that I had some major issues that had developed over my life. She told me that the bad news was it was going to take some work to get me realigned. The good news was that when we got my back realigned I would feel better than I have in years. Over a period of three months, I went multiple times a week to allow her to push and adjust my back so that it could be properly aligned. Because I had lived in misalignment for years this was a long process because my body wanted to go back to its bad habits. The time, pain, and effort were worth it as my body has healed and now functions properly. I have found over the past two years that I need to go back in for alignment checks every six months probably because of bad posture, but a simple checkup will get me lined up again.
Most churches are like my back. They have been misaligned for years. They have learned to live with or ignore the pain. For a church to truly live into its mission, the Body of Christ must go to the chiropractor. Alignment within the Body of Christ is essential for a healthy church and ministry. Here are some of the steps or visits to the Holy Chiropractor (Spirit) a church must take:
Is your youth ministry in alignment with the mission of the church? Is your church experiencing pain? Is the pain due to some area of the church being out of line with the vision and mission of the church? Maybe it’s time to take your church to the chiropractor and get realigned.
CYMT is excited about its newest endeavor, Theology Together. Theology Together educates both teenagers and youth workers as they engage in theological reflection, spiritual practice, vital service, and vocational discernment. The Theology Together process produces reflective action that is embedded in the fabric of youth ministry in all of its contexts. We believe strongly that youth are theologians and belong at the center of tough, life-changing dialogue around faith, relationships, and life. We place teenagers in the driver seat alongside their youth pastors and leaders, equipping each individual to think differently about youth ministry, to provoke a sense of awe and wonder: a WOW moment.
Youth theology is theology built upon the simple doctrinal principle of the priesthood of all believers, and takes that principle right down to its natural conclusion: that all believers, including youth, teens, adolescents, etc. are theologians. It is theology that values all youth as theologians. Here we will share with you how to engage with youth theology in your own ministry.
A few weeks ago, we shared the launch of Theology Together 2.0. Today, Dwight (the director of Theology Together) will be sharing with us one experience […]