There's an important conversation happening right now about the the idea of "Missional Innovation." We need to be honest about how ideas of "city renewal" that incorporate business/entrepreneurial models simply reiterate the neoliberal economics that got us to this point.
There's a desperation in the U.S. church for relevance, by which they/we actually mean survival. So the turn is to new funding models, church as marketplace, meaning-making rituals, branding. If we can embed ourselves here, maybe we can tag along for the ride.
I say this knowing full wait of what it entails: the church was never guaranteed survival. The most faithful forms of church in history were wiped out, often crushed by the dominant church. Only remnants remained - in bush arbors, worshipping in caves, on the run.
Here is the good news that worship in the body of Christ offers: you are not what you make, what you produce, or how much you earn. Worship is absurd and incalculable for capitalism. It is pure nonsense for the marketplace of meaning-making.
The church, when at its best, is a judgment on the logic of the free market. It produces a different kind of economics, a givenness – we are given to creation and for creation, all bound up in the love of a creative and creating God.
And this means something different for our community, for the communal life we share. Our ownership of anything – houses and land, goods and products – is liminal. We are giving use to what we have before passing it on.
We don't need to survive as an institution because God loves creation and everything in it. We only need to pay attention to where we see this at work, and to put ourselves there, and to trust that this is more than enough.

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