Earlier this year I described the Five Stages of a Generational Revolution as Bad, Add, Keep, Build and Protect. I observed emergents were still in the “Bad” stage of their revolution—they were mostly complaining about what’s wrong with the church they are inheriting. Boomers were mostly in the “Protect” stage of their own revolution, I suggested, concentrated on defending the changes we’ve made to the church. I’m a Boomer, so I’m more inclined to protect the church than criticize it. However, I work mostly with young people who are stuck in the seeing-what’s-bad stage. So I’ve done a little mind experiment. I re-entered stage one (a stage I left in 1980) and looked at today’s church from that perspective, asking, “What’s wrong with the church?” When I did this, I found I was able to complain almost as good as the youngsters. Here’s the list I made of what’s wrong with the church:
What’s wrong with the church? Lots!
(copyright 2009, Keith Drury)
Keith Drury served The Wesleyan Church headquarters in Christian Education and Youth leadership for 24 years before becoming a professor of religion at Indiana Wesleyan University. He is the author of more than a dozen books of practical spirituality, including Holiness for Ordinary People, Common Ground and Ageless Faith. Keith Drury wrote the Tuesday Column for 17 years (1995-2012), and many articles can be found on his blog “Drury Writing.”
Keith Drury retired from full time teaching in 2012. Keith is married to Sharon and has two adult sons and several grandchildren. He is retired in Florida with Sharon and enjoys cycling.