I am very committed to the following: our mission, values, top-notch environments, first-class publications, creative stage sets, an inviting campus, cool student activities, media that is engaging, promotion that connects, events that attract, series titles that stick, etc. Not only am I committed to the previous, but I also think that our wonderful staff often delivers on the a fore mentioned. In regards to the list, I also acknowledge that those elements are very business-esque. In other words, many corporations are shooting for the same targets. So I will just go ahead and acknowledge up front that in many ways the church functions like a business. Yet, the church is no a business. Indeed, if we only have the above practices and principles then we might as well just become a business and for one, I am not interested. I am all for the slick, but slick by itself stinks!
What I am even more committed to is: Creator God, Christ the Redeemer, the Guide into all truth, the gospel, salvation, sanctification, soul transformation, genuine repentance, personal holiness, the power of prayer, kingdom expansion, biblically functioning community, global missions, etc. When it comes to this list slick won’t do – what we really need is the super-natural.
I am not asking God for the slick but the super-natural. I am not looking to build something that can be born in my brain, I want to be a part of something that can only be accomplished by the One born in Bethlehem. I am asking for the divine, the unction, the empowerment, the filling, and the super-natural.
I will take the super-natural over slick any day!