Doug Pagitt is a lead pastor at a church in Minnesota called Solomon’s porch. Reimagining Spiritual Formation: A Week in the Life of an Experimental Church is about his journey away from the program centred mega-church into a more organic, decentralized community. He talks about some new ways of viewing spiritual formation that are quite different than the commonly used “talking head,” educational approach. His ideas are, self-proclaimed, experimental. He admits to being at the early stages in his church journey, however his ideas are quite compelling.
You are coming to realize that the program-driven, “what can you do for me now” consumer approach to Christianity is quickly becoming unworkable. Where are all your 18-30 year olds? Are they at churches like Solomon’s Porch and other emerging communities? They are doing their best to walk away from the “provider of religious goods and services” paradigm for church and get back to being covenant communities.
If you are interested in connecting with the next generation in your church, or are involved in any youth or student ministry – I would order this today and read and discuss with your fellow leaders.
There is much talk about post-modernism in churches, and often there is no real story of success – instead it is just a bunch of ideas that never become anything. Solomon’s Porch and this book are the beginning of healthy dialogue and ideas turning into reality!
It is not Pagitt’s desire to create a thousand churches just like his. Rather, he has asked some honest and searching questions about how God and His character are going to be formed in his people and is trying to be and do this in the way that meets the needs of his church.
Pagitt will anger you, inspire you and humble you all in one sentence! The book doesn’t give you a program, or a blue-print but it may inspire you to do something beyond the “seeker” paradigm (which doesn’t seem to draw many seekers) you’ve leaned on but are finding less and less workable all the time. This book certainly has me asking some honest questions.