While thoroughly enjoying Kester Brewin’s Signs of Emergence, I hit on a passage that I’d really really like to implement:
We must reestablish ourselves as the body of Christ, not the machine of Christ. Bodies are organic, dynamic, sentient, and conscious. They have hearts. Machines break down, while bodies evolve. This metaphorical re-centering from machine to body will require us to rethink our language too, away from the industrial vocabulary of “structure” “drive” “mechanism” “steering” towards more body-centered language: “nourish” “grow” “nurture” “cultivate” and “adapt.”Signs of Emergence, 85-86
If we are to rethink the church, then perhaps by rethinking and renaming our structure we can slowly move away from mechanistic understandings of the church.
As you know, I am moving to a new ministry and upon arrival, I like the idea of using body imagery and organic language to describe the church “structure” of the ministries I’m in charge of (Children and Youth).
So, call for creativity here. How would you rename these committees using organic/growth centered language?
- Youth Council (youth-led group that plans youth group)
- Youth Steering Committee (adults that advise youth group)
- Children’s Committee
Any creative thoughts? I know that simply renaming a current structure doesn’t do it, but it’s a start.
Thanks in advance.