So often we hear questions about the future of the Church. In the media, we read that the Church is in decline and even hear people ask, “Is the church even viable any more?” There is no doubt that nationally the statistical picture backs this up in terms of decreased numbers
attending churches, reduced budgets, and other struggles.
In response to this the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego has begun an initiative to engage in creative, comprehensive, strategic action around these questions. It’s called the Future Church Task Force. Note this from the Future Church page of the Diocesan website:
The church of the twenty-first century will look radically different from the church in which we were raised. Perhaps it means the sale of a church building. Perhaps it means establishing the best local coffee shop on church property. It could mean forming strategic partnerships with unlikely entities. Or holding church in
theaters, parks, gymnasiums. Or meeting in satellite locations. At this point, it is important to not limit either creativity or possibilities for God’s mission. http://www.edsd.org/futurechurch/
Ultimately, it is not “our” church. It is God’s church. Our main question should be, “Why has God called us to this place and this time?” Once we know the answer to that question, the rest is simple.
We will be praying for the Church each Sunday throughout this process. Please keep us in your personal prayers, as well. And stay tuned for more information as the process moves