There has been some discussion (that’s an understatement) on Internet-Christendom this past week about how we in general run Sundays at a local church level.
For hundreds of years church gatherings have included a theologically educated leader giving a lecture from the Bible to the gathered community. This made lots of sense in the days where theological education was largely inaccessible outside of university or seminary. I like to compare this kind of teaching/learning to a dining room. When we eat in a dining room it is common that one person has prepared ingredients and cooked the meal for us. We have used little skill or effort to receive a meal. Dining room Christianity provides knowledge which is great.
I think that we need to begin a move away from the dining room and create a culture of kitchen Christianity. Theological resource is a google search away for huge percentages of our congregations. We should be in the business of teaching the skills of mission, exegesis and Bible study much as we teach someone how to cook. Kitchen Christians bring a richer culture to their church communities. Everyone has something to bring.
How can we change what we are doing to create these kind of Kitchen churches? I have pictures of smart phones, iPads and Bibles on people’s laps in church and the leader crowd sourcing ideas. I’d love to hear any other ideas.