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A community of performance or a community of grace?

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Over at the Resurgence blog, Tim Chester has a great post on the differences between churches that are communities of performance versus those that are communities of grace…  Here are some excerpts

Communities of performance may talk a lot about grace, but they value performance – Christians who have it all figured out, churches that run smoothly, meetings that are accomplished. And so they communicate that what matters is that you perform well.

Here are some diagnostic tests that help tell whether your church is a community of performance or a community of grace… 

Communities of Performance

  • The leaders appear to have it all figured out
  • Meetings must be a polished performance
  • Failure is devastating, because identity is found in ministry
  • Actions are driven by duty
  • The focus is on orthodox behavior (letting people think they have it all figured out)

Communities of Grace

  • The leaders are vulnerable
  • The community is messy
  • Meetings are just one part of community life
  • Failure is disappointing but not devastating, because identity is found in Christ
  • Actions are driven by joy

In performance-oriented churches, people pretend to be okay because their standing within the church depends on it.  But this is the opposite of grace.  Grace acknowledges that we’re all sinners, all messed up, all struggling.  And grace also affirms that in Christ we all belong, all make the grade, all are welcome.

Read the entire post HERE – hat tip to Kevin Martineau over at Shooting the Breeze   for putting the post on my radar!

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  1. Jon Spadino
    April 8, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    I need to come here more often. This was a great read. I may, again, quote you on my BLOG…. giving you complete credit, of course.

    Thank you!!!!!!

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