Movements in Changing Churches


21st century churches are changing as they experience and respond to various movements of God’s Spirit in our world today. Here are five movements which I believe are important:

  1. Compassion – Love of God and all creation guides all our decisions and actions.
  2. Contemplation – Practices of prayer and meditation combine with a deepening spirituality at the core of our Christian life.
  3. Community – Individual behavior comes out of knowing ourselves as part of a community of both church and world with a commitment to the well-being of all.
  4. Connection – Awareness that our relationship with God weaves together with all of God’s creation creates action seeking to heal and restore.
  5. Cooperation – Working together to fulfill God’s desires for creation displaces competition and exclusion, making shalom a reality for all.

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