Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Future of Denominations

Interesting comment by J. D. Greear at www.jdgreear.com on the future of denominations.
"Denominations have a future, but only insofar as they function as missional networks and not as religious hierarchies.

I have tried to say on numerous occasions on this blog that there are no denominations in the Bible. Frankly speaking, it is easier to find evidence in Scripture for having a concubine than being a part of a denomination (via Ed Stetzer).

But there is plenty of evidence in the New Testament of churches working together in networks. The local church is the sole hub of ministry in the New Testament, and no denominational 'authority' should exist over top of it. But local churches have always found it more effective to work together than to work alone, and functional networks can end up being a kind of denomination. And that is the 'good' kind of denomination."
Greear was commenting specifically about the Southern Baptist Convention, but I think his insight applies across the board. The more denominations function as networks focused on mission the more successful their futures will be. Maybe it is time for all of us to do a little soul searching and re-evaluation.