I’m not a big John Travolta fan.
The 1970’s hit movie Saturday Night Fever is not among my DVD collection.
I never cared for disco music.
I don’t own a white suit and I can’t dance….just ask my wife.
Oh yeah….and the song, “Staying Alive” sung by the Bee Gees is not in my CD collection.
But the phrase, “Staying Alive” has been playing through my mind quite a lot lately. Thankfully, I’m not ill or under a death threat or anything like that.
The reason the phrase has been dominating my sub conscious is simple. I’ve been contemplating with my Oakhaven Church family about what it will take for us to remain alive, relevant and engaged with our community.
We have a marvelous church. Filled with exciting, talented and passionate people. In my estimation, we do some great things in our community to tell the message of Jesus in word and action. We are seeking to be contemporary in our worship style and open to new ways of sharing our faith.
To some degree, this is nothing new. Since this church was first planted in 1976, it has been noted that people first become affiliated with a church more on the basis of relationship and experience than doctrinal positions or dogma.
In time, people who initiate a relationship with the Oakhaven family begin to ask questions about the what, the why and so what’s of church doctrines and practices. That is as it should be. We are not, after all, a social club. We have beliefs. We have reasons for worshiping and living as we do. We are guided by a moral compass which points to the “true North” principles found in Scripture.
If we fail at finding ways to emerge in their culture, we face the reality that we could see our embers fade and cool and go out with the passing of my generation. The Oakhaven family has been clear that we have no intention of wringing our hands and doing the desperation dance while the next generation looks on to see if anything will emerge from us.
For those of you who read this blog, I ask you to pray for our efforts. If you know of young professionals who might be interested, have them get in contact with me. We have a plan which will provide support and assistance to those who might be interested in this missional opportunity. God is already blessing us in unexpected and extraordinary ways. We look forward to what comes next.
A point of clarification is perhaps in order here. I don’t want to be misunderstood on this point :
We serve a great God.
and His purpose.