There’s an emerging curse word in church circles today (at least my circles). A four letter word that actually has seven. It’s dirty. Nasty. Brace yourselves and stick a finger in the kids’ ears.
(I’m expecting my FCC fine in the mail at any moment).
A pastor announcing a new pr@g&#m at his church today is like a politician bragging about increasing your taxes. You just don’t do it. Your posts will get flagged by internet filters. It could even trigger a Dateline exposé.
Pr@g&#ms are for institutions.
Pr@g&#ms are for mass, assembly line production.
Pr@g&#ms are for religious people.
Pr@g&#ms produce 2% shifts and checklist living, not long-term Kingdom transformation.
I had a fascinating conversation with one of our City Community Church overseers last week. In the midst of our passionate dialog, he mentioned the dreaded “P-word.” After chastising his potty mouth, I asked him a serious question:
When does a valid ministry endeavor become an institutionalized pr@g&#m? When does it cross that line? What is the core difference between a pr@g&#m response and an honest, effective investment in someone’s life?
I thought his answer was intriguing. Worth posting to stir some conversation:
“Pr@g&#ms create spectators and consumers. Transformation demands participation and sacrifice.”
What do you think of that definition? Is he right? Love to hear your thoughts (after I finish sucking on this bar of soap).