Monday, November 05, 2007

The McChurch New McMission Paradigm

Oh, the McDonaldization of the Church. Whenever I come across it, I glaze over. Try this one that I heard from a representative of a well-known missionary organisation last week...

For starters, take an extremely dodgy hermeneutic applied to Acts 1:8. When Jesus told the disciples that they would be his witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and even to the remotest part of the earth, he was not talking about the Kingdom Age of reunification of God's people Israel and the ingathering of the Gentiles. Oh no. He was explaining the E0-E3 McMission Paradigm. Did you not know that? Oh. Well, when we evangelise people like us, that's E0 to E1. When we evangelise people a bit less like us, that's E0 to E2. And when we evangelise people nothing like us, that's E0 to E3. Got it? No, you haven't, because when people who are a bit like us evangelise people who are nothing like us, that's E1 to E3 and when those people evangelise other people like them, it's E0 to E1 again, but done by people who are E3 to us. You'd better be paying attention, because according to this big idea, people are doing Church when they should be doing Mission and most denominations aren't doing Mission anyway (presumably because they haven't grasped the E0-E3 McMission Paradigm). We keep training Church Planters but that's so passe, because what we should be doing is training Mission Planters (did someone mention Ecclesiology? No, they definitely didn't). And so understanding the E0-E3 McMission Paradigm is the key to everything.
Do you want fries with that? Have a Nice Day.