Is there a ‘church of the future’?


Over on my Plink area, I mention a phrase in a prayer read today, asking God to “help us to bring into being your Church of the future.”

I like the phrase, and then I don’t either. Here’s why I like it.

I like it because it recognizes that

  • the church is God’s.
  • God uses his people to produce fruit in the kingdom.
  • a potential exists which has yet to come into being.
  • prayer finds the power of God for service.

To talk about the “church of the future” bothers restorationists like us. That’s probably what I don’t like about it. As well as it being used among us to talk about youth in the church. We don’t mind talking about new congregations being established, but in a real sense aren’t these the Church of the future, which God wants to see brought into being?

The phrase is not one that I would normally use in a prayer. It seems to leave itself open to some unbiblical interpretations, and quite likely the original prayer has some of those in mind.

But sometimes it’s good to hear different¬†phrasings that get us out of our ruts and challenge our thoughts.