I got an email from a friend of mine with a link to a great article from Brian McLaren in which he wonders what would happen if the church was more like a seminary:
- A robust intellectual environment where they can openly and energetically explore God, the Bible, doctrine, faith, liturgy, mission, church history, and the spiritual life.
- A diverse ecumenical environment where they can read and learn from (and with) a broad range of Christians from a variety of cultures, denominations, and perspectives.
- A reverent soul-friendly environment where spiritual direction, practices, and formation are taken seriously.
- An engaged missional environment at the intersection of faith, contemporary global crises, and local social needs—where students are guided into experiences of practical involvement.
- An accepting communal environment where they can experience what Bonhoeffer called "life together."
Amen brother Brian!
This is a big part of what I envision for the Catacomb Churches.
Here is the full article: