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95 postmodern thesis 


in 1517 Martin Luther wrote “95 Theses” and “posted” them on the door of the church and it started a reformation.  in 1998 (I do not intent to start a reformation) I post these “95 Postmodern Theses’” on the Internet in hopes of waking people to the coming changes in the church.  while we admit that most of the strives made in the postmodern movement are made by our generation, we refuse to label the movement a "generation" movement.  it is beyond generations, beyond social class, beyond race - it is a God thing.  

We reject the term “church” for the more descriptive term “community of faith.”

  1. A community of faith must be relevant, because God is always relevant.

  2. A community of faith is solid on Christ and seeks to help people develop a deeper relationship with God, others and self.

  3. A community of faith has more meaning, and is both descriptive and suggestive of who we are and what we seek to become.

  4. A community of faith understands there are two conversations taking place, one inside and one outside, and both are valid and hold meaning.

  5. A community of faith understands and encourages those outside to bring their conversation inside, without fear of retaliation and share their voice with us.

  6. A community of faith maintains and develops community for those inside and outside the community.

  7. A community of faith is made of living, active people, and not blind sheep.

  8. A community of faith enables powerful new forms of social organization and empowers people to act upon their individual calling.

  9. A community of faith encourages and develops the exchange of knowledge.

  10. A community of faith encourages networking among all people of faith.

  11. A community of faith is a place where broken people can come and find wholeness and seek the true power and mystery of God in their lives.

  12. A community of faith rejects rhetoric and denominational politics and seeks understanding on all ends.

  13. A community of faith is transparent, open and honest; it hides nothing.

  14. A community of faith seeks to open conversation with others.

  15. A community of faith is based on wanting to know more about God, and our relationship with Him.

  16. A community of faith sees the contemporary church, as a “commercial” for what a community of faith should be all about.

  17. A community of faith shares the concerns of the community, with all members of the community.

  18. A community of faith sees the “secret language” of the church as a dog-and-pony show designed to separate “us” from “them.”  We see this as unacceptable and destructive.

  19. A community of faith is tolerant of those who are different in their selection of music, or style of worship.  We do not believe “we got it right.”  We simply believe, we got it right for us.

  20. A community of faith holds no secrets – no secrets.

  21. A community of faith is based on trust – absolute trust.

  22. A community of faith scares the contemporary church – rightly so.

  23. A community of faith is motivated by God, and a desire to share God with the world.

  24. A community of faith is hyper linked and connected.

  25. A community of faith is not interested in hucksters, TV Evangelists, or other hustlers after our money.

  26. A community of faith is directly involved in the action – we want to get dirty; we are “date book” people, not “check book” people.

  27. A community of faith wants to participate in conversations where people are truly being helped.  We are not interested in talking for the sake of talking.

  28. A community of faith encourages people to “de-cloak” and get personal; we care about people at all levels, and encourage them to be who they are and we will accept them.

  29. A community of faith is learning to speak with a human voice and not with tricks; people understand and desire plain language.

  30. A community of faith is more then a brochure, a youth group, a singles ministry, or the design of our building – it is people.

  31. A community of faith is not interested in developing eye candy; we seek substance for the mind, soul and body.

  32. A community of faith wants to be taken seriously – not as serious as the church takes itself – but we want a voice.

  33. A community of faith is open to the fact that when we have questions we seek out each other for answers, because the traditional and contemporary church both find questions uncomfortable to answer – we do not mind a “we don’t know” as an answer.

  34. A community of faith encourages people to work from both the inside and the outside to take down the wall that divide people based on social condition, race or class.

  35. A community of faith is linked to other communities of faith; they form a “faith ring.”

  36. A community of faith recognizes each other as such from the sound of their respective voice.

  37. A community of faith is open to new ideas, new tools, and a deeper understanding of God and people.

  38. A community of faith is based on interaction with open and honest communication with all.

  39. As people, we operate both inside and outside a community of faith – but we are people of faith 24/7.

  40. As people, we see boundaries as just an annoyance to reality. We know they'll be down soon, and we will keep chipping away until they are.

  41. As people, we do not separate the secular from the sacred.  We see God operating in all aspects of out lives, and in the lives of others.

  42. As people, we are open to technology, but we do not let tech rule our lives.

  43. As people, we understand our culture, and want others to understand it also.

  44. As people, we place great value in our family, friends, allies and acquaintances.

  45. As people, we do not see ourselves in you (the church), because we know we're already elsewhere.

  46. As people, we know we have choices and we will make them – even if you do not like the ones we make.

  47. As people, we don't recognize ourselves in your surroundings.

  48. As people, we are workers, and not just givers.

  49. As people, we want you to drop your pretense of “importance,” and come out and play.

  50. Churches, while claiming to understand community, have no realization of what a community truly is all about.

  51. Church people talk to each other and this is usually a destructive habit based on judgment of others.

  52. Churches must ask themselves where their own interests end and the interest of others begin.

  53. Churches need to know that if their interests begin before those of the community ends, they will have no community.

  54. Churches that do not see the importance of a postmodern community of faith will die.

  55. Churches that maintain the “religion of man” over a relationship with God will die.

  56. Churches are based on a rigid “top-down” relationship and need to develop a “bottom-up” system.  People are the church, not the Pastoral Staff.

  57. Churches tend to be motivated by money, and the need to “fill the pews” to “increase collections.”

  58. A Church’s “command-style management” is destructive and reinforce bureaucracy.

  59. Church is unwilling to recognize any other voice, and sees it as destructive and “wrong.”

  60. Church sees itself as a community that is actively encouraging conversation with the outside, but they are not – they have become their own best listeners

  61. Churches tend to have a tight rein on "their people;” telling them what to think and how to think it.

  62. Churches lack substance.

  63. Churches tend to be impressed by their own importance.

  64. Churches base this importance on size and program structure; they do not impress us.

  65. Churches that have no understanding of this world have no future.

  66. Churches have spent billions of dollars on evangelism over the past 10 years, and the church has grown only 4.6%, while the population has increased 10.5% - hint.

  67. Churches that speak in a language that is distant, uninviting, and arrogant build walls that keep people away from getting to know God.

  68. Churches that don't realize people seek person-to-person relationships, are dieing on the vine and missing their greatest opportunity to share God with the world around them.

  69. Churches simply do not, or choice not, to see that people "outside the church are laughing at them.

  70. Churches and denominations need to develop a sense of humor, learn to laugh at themselves.

  71. Churches need to understand that conversations between people sounds human; they are conducted in a human voice.  They are not based on theological terms that hold no meaning to people outside the inner circle.

  72. Denominational loyalty is a thing of the past.  Most people, both inside and outside of the church, do not know the difference between denominations.

  73. Pastoral Staff view the church they serve as a folic symbol – “mine is bigger then yours.”

  74. Pastoral Staff is too busy "being the boss" to talk with the people, answer their own phones or respond by email (if they even have email) – they see themselves as “important.”

  75. Pastoral Staff needs to pay attention.  They need to stop having people go through a gauntlet of secretaries and pastoral assistances to seek their wisdom.

  76. Pastoral Staff act like the CEO and VP’s and make themselves more important then they truly are.

  77. Pastoral Staff needs to realize that the “bottom line” is not important.  What is important is the condition of the people’s relationship with Jesus Christ.

  78. Pastoral Staff need to come down off the “high-horse” and get connected to the people.

  79. Pastoral Staff needs to allow people to see them as humans who make mistakes and learn from the experience.

  80. Generally speaking, we have better things to do than worry when you will open up.

  81. Even at our worst, we are open to new experiences; and at our best we can change the world.

  82. Our allegiance is not to the church, but to God.

  83. Building community is more important then building a building – people over property.

  84. Whether delivering information, opinions, perspectives, dissenting arguments or humorous asides, the human voice is typically open, natural, uncontrived.

  85. The Internet is enabling conversations between people that was simply not possible in the era of mass media.

  86. “Power trips” maintain the status quo of the church and the culture of paranoia.

  87. Paranoia kills the spirit and depletes the mind.

  88. Millions of people now perceive the church as little more than a quaint place for weddings, funerals and the occasional baptism – it makes Grandmother happy, and looks good in pictures.

  89. By ignoring what is being said, the church is preventing the conversations from developing any true meaning.

  90. To the church we say, “tell us something with meaning, we are tired of the rhetoric.”

  91. To the church we say, “Why are you not listening to us?  You seem to be talking about us, but not to us.”

  92. To the church we say, “If you don't see the light, it is because you closed the door and shut the blinds.”

  93. To the church we say, “It would be a very big mistake to think we're holding our breath for change, while you hold committee meetings to discus the possibility of meeting our needs – we are finding and developing places outside of you where we are growing as Christians.”

  94. We do not see the Postmodern Age as the end of the Christian faith; we see it as a time of deepening faith and coming to a deeper understanding of God and Jesus in our lives.

john o'keefe - 1997



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