Richard Mouw shares his thoughts at Mouw’s Musings, and Tod E. Bolsinger shares his thoughts at his blogsite here. Both of these men show a lot of wisdom and humility in the way they raise this important and difficult question and offer their readers a way through an old impasse.

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Here’s a brief quote from Bolsinger: …the challenge of church leadership is inherent in the complexity of serving a community with (supposedly) unchanging core convictions in an (absolutely) ever-changing world.  In the phrases of some leadership experts, the church must be both “built to last” and “built to change” at the same time…As my colleagues and I talk together about the inherent conflicts when deeply held “competing values” are at the core of a community, we find ourselves searching for ways to articulate and formulate a path for transformation of our Presbytery and our churches to better equipped to face the challenges of our changing culture without losing the “soul” of what makes a church, well, a church.  Somewhere amidst the “both/and” of our ecclesial identity and the hard choices that we must face in expressing those identity markers for the sake of the world is our mission.  Bolsinger is the author of “It Takes a Church To Raise a Christian” and a seasoned pastor. This is part of the first post, Bolsinger plans to post further in the future.

And here’s a breif quote from Mouw: When the new-style congregations emphasize the importance of welcoming “seekers,” then, they are pointing all of us to something important. We need to see our congregations as places of safety, as spaces into which we can invite wandering sinners to come home to the Living God. And those of us who care deeply about confessional identities need to be willing to learn important lessons from those newer congregations about how best to welcome this new generation of seekers. We do need to think new thoughts, in the new cultural situations in which we find ourselves, about the tone and atmosphere of our worshiping life–and about the kind of language that best communicates the truths of God’s Word to people who desperately need to hear the Good News of a Savior who was sent to minister to “the hopes and fears of all the years.” Richard Mouw is the president of Fuller Theological Seminary and the author of “Calvinism in a Las Vegas Airport.”

I encourage you to go and read both of their pieces in full. I’d love to hear your thoughts on them here…