“Fight Club” is a great training video for simple churches because:
First, it reveals so much about our culture. I wrote about this in yesterday’s post.
Second, it shows the power of a simple, networked, small community on mission.
What starts off as a club for guys to beat the crap out of each other (and thus feel like guys again) evolves into an underground, networked, spread-like-a-virus community on mission. Granted, the mission of Project Mayhem is to take out the credit institutions that have contributed to society’s lust for things and identity-derived-from-stuff attitude (it’s really a terrorist mission), but that’s not the point. The point is that “Fight Club” shows the power of a community on mission–especially when it is formed organically and networked with others on common mission.
I’ve “done church” several ways. I’ve done the church-in-a-box, big Sunday production church. I’ve also done the simple church thing. In my experience, simple churches who are intentional about living on mission lack something traditional churches have (in a good way): a complicated structure that takes a lot of work to navigate and even more work to get momentum going (it’s like trying to steer the Titanic with a wooden spoon for a rudder). A traditionally structured church cannot spread virally. It’s totally possible for certain aspects of that church to grow virally, but not the entire thing. A simple church, however, can spread and multiply quickly because there aren’t nearly as many moving parts. That’s what made Project Mayhem so “successful.” Networked pockets of missional communities (with multiplied leadership that didn’t depend on the main guy).
What do you think?
As an afterthought… my buddy Aaron pointed out that these lessons are learned from an R-rated movie. Yes, the movie is rated R for strong violence, disturbing images, sexual situations (though these aren’t nearly as overt as one might thing for a movie like this), and strong language. If you feel you can’t watch this movie, then by all means do not. But recognize that God can redeem things from the popular culture.