One key theme I explored with the MA students this past week at George Fox, has been something I have posted about here before, of 'blue print ecclesiology'.
We experience something about church that isn’t working, so we think, read, talk, discuss, idealise, blog and suggest endlessly what church should be, and give our new dream forms of chuch names, and categorise them, and then get stuck in them ever taking form as a concrete reality.
Anyhow, Brett Jordan (who has a most interesting blog, trust me, visit and you'll see what I mean), sent me this qoute which I thought captured the essence of what I have been trying to teach, much more succinctly.
"Vision with no action = daydream. Action with no vision = nightmare."