To yearn for the wide boundless ocean

This quote by the writer of The Little Prince gets at the nub of the problems many of our churches are facing. Too many church leaders have tried to marshal their members into the technicalities of ship-building – that is church growth – without having first inspired them with a yearning to sail the high seas. Christians, though, should live for the sea. If we can reinvest our members with a yearning for the wide, boundless ocean of mission, the issues associated with building church will be far easier to address. How do we teach people to yearn for the ocean? (more…)