Our churches too often operate with a totalizing view with the church at the center and everything else running out into the horizon. The church is so in the foreground of our experience that everything is interpreted in relationship to the church.
We see Sunday morning sports as a threat rather than an opportunity to connect with people’s daily lives. We tell a story about Nones turning their backs on the church, rather than appreciating the way in which they make meaning and practice their spirituality. We conceive of our faith communities too narrowly, not taking into account the broad expanse of community in lived Christian experience beyond our buildings.
For many ministry leaders, this has created a kind of ecclesiastical blind spot—a perspective that renders people and places invisible to our gaze.