“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”
The legends surrounding Einstein are vast. Whether or not they are all true has nothing to do with the fact that he was a great man and a great thinker. His ability to think beyond his context and transcend into higher realms intellectually has been repeated by very few.
The quote above is very appropriate for the state of things in the church today. There is no question that we face significant problems in the American church. However, those problems will never be solved by trying to do the same things and think the same ways we always have. That is what got us here in the first place.
The answers we need lie in a radically new way of thinking and doing things. I am not saying a new theology as some fear this means. I mean embracing new techniques and methods and using technology and situations that exist within the culture to impact individuals. Mark Batterson of National Community Church in Washington, D.C. is often quoted as saying, “I believe the best ways of doing church haven’t even been invented yet.”
If we will be honest with ourselves, the vast majority of problems we face were created by us directly or through inattention.
God is calling us to a new thing and a new level.
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19