Wanted: Plodders in the Local Church

I’ve had a lot of conversations with other 20 somethings about the church.  “What is the church?  Why is the church here?  Is hanging out with 5 other people studying a Christian book ‘doing church’?  Is my campus ministry my local church?  What does it look like to be a part of a local church?”  Lots of important questions.

Kevin DeYoung recently wrote about the glory of plodding.  Plodding, working slowly and perseveringly, is something that our generation might need to learn to value more.  Specifically in relation to the local church, we are quickly bored and impatient with people unlike ourselves.  He writes, “It’s sexy among young people — my generation — to talk about ditching institutional religion and starting a revolution of real Christ-followers living in real community without the confines of church.”  If that’s not ideal, what do we need?

What we need are fewer revolutionaries and a few more plodding visionaries. That’s my dream for the church — a multitude of faithful, risktaking plodders. The best churches are full of gospel-saturated people holding tenaciously to a vision of godly obedience and God’s glory, and pursuing that godliness and glory with relentless, often unnoticed, plodding consistency.

The whole article worth reading.  His conclusion:

Don’t give up on the church. The New Testament knows nothing of churchless Christianity. The invisible church is for invisible Christians. The visible church is for you and me. Put away the Che Guevara t-shirts, stop the revolution, and join the rest of the plodders. Fifty years from now you’ll be glad you did.

Read the whole article here.  If you read the whole thing, what do you think?

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3 Responses to Wanted: Plodders in the Local Church

  1. katiehassler says:

    Very cool. This reminds me of a character in C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce. I think the character’s name is Sarah. She’s a normal, nondescript woman, but in heaven she’s super-duper glorified because of her fruitful faithfulness.

  2. Drew Hunter says:

    Thanks for sharing the illustration. That character reminds me that some of the people with fewest “well done’s” here will have the loudest “well done” coming from Jesus (like Sarah)… And some of the ones who have the loudest and most frequent ones here may not hear it at all on that Day. Encouraging and sobering.

    I haven’t read The Great Divorce yet, but have heard good things.

  3. Frank says:

    In actual fact, the NT knows and shows a whole lot about churchless christianity.
    The word we call church is “ekklesia” in the original Greek. Ekklesia was also used in the Greek OT, the Septuagint, for the meetings of the Jews when called before God. It was also used for synagogue meetings. It was not a new word for the disciples.

    It is evident that the early church, a Jewish body expected to develop their faith amongst their own ekklesia community. They did not conceive of separating from Judaism, after all, they were Jews! There was initially, no intention to take the message to gentiles, until God told Peter to go to Cornelius. As far as they were concerned Jesus was for the Jews.
    It did not take long for them to find that the message was not received too well amongst their ekklesia, and they were persecuted out of the synagogue. ie. they became churchless.
    This is one of the reasons that true church was conducted house to house, with the whole of the body of Christ functioning, (unlike today where we have a professional clergy). It is also a reason why church was never intended to replicate the synagogues, which it has chosen to do.
    Although the institutional churches claim the high ground of ownership of the word “church” or “ekklesia”, there is little evidence they are what God calls church. They are little more than man’s management constructs for controlling believers.

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