The article below is a reflection by Chuck Bosworth, Pastor for Worship Arts at Cherry Hills Church in Springfield, Illinois. Their pastoral staff went through a coaching and consulting process with Gravity Leadership a couple years ago, and we asked Chuck to write down some of the reflections he shared with us about one of his discipleship groups.
According to a recent Barna survey, 41% of Christians follow the liturgical year “very closely throughout the year,” with more people following it more loosely. This seems to represent a growing number of people over the past few years, according to informal conversations we have with those we coach and train.
Lent starts tomorrow, on Ash Wednesday (which is also Valentines Day this year, which will presents some interesting potential for liturgical dissonance), and lasts until Easter Sunday (April 1st this year, which is another funny thing).
This is a guest post from our friend Geoff Holsclaw, a pastor, writer, and professor trying to be faithful within the confusing American religious landscape. You can find him on Twitter or Facebook, and check out his blog for more of his writing. He also hosts a podcast with David Fitch called Theology on Mission that we enjoy.
Sometimes older church leaders will look at younger, more innovative churches and wonder if the proclamation of the gospel is being lost. They wonder if there is still a place for preaching the good news in these new church models.