Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Choice of Models

In Neuhaus chapter three, “A Choice of Models,” we face the task of finding our identity. Neuhaus observes that there are at least three facets to our identity. We are the Church as we view ourselves. We are also the Church as viewed by different elements in our community. Yet the community itself is at the same time that which we see, that which it identifies, that which exists with the Church present, and that which may exist without the presence of the Church. All these patterns are real. All have some validity in the way we approach all our ministry. All must be respected. Ultimately, without a clear identity, we will be rejected by our community and prove ineffective in ministry. With a clear identity we will be able to proclaim the reality of Christ boldly.

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