Last week, we looked at how “Fight Club” showed the deceitfulness of our culture and the power of a small, networked community on mission. Today’s final post in this series shows us this:
“Fight Club” shows us the power of commitment.
Those of you in professional ministry have moaned from time to time about the lack of commitment of people in your church. When I did professional ministry, I moaned about it. Let’s think about this: what do we ask people to commit to?
I’m honestly not sure it’s Jesus. We ask people to commit to church attendance, small group attendance, service in the church (setting up chairs, watching kids, running A/V, greeting), or for those of us who are really spiritual, we ask for a two week commitment to a short-term missions trip. I know that this isn’t the case for everyone. Those of you who are lucky have 20 percent of your people doing 80 (or more) percent of the work. Some of you who’ve done the multi-campus thing have had to shut down a campus because your people are stretched so thin. And why are people run so ragged? Why do so many people get burned out serving in the church?
Because so many in our churches are committed to little more than showing up and “getting fed.”
In “Fight Club”, the guys weren’t committed to showing up for meetings. They showed up because of a sense of mission. At first, it was a mission to break free of the grip society had on them. Later, in Project Mayhem, it was a commitment to break society from the grip of consumerism. They didn’t show up just to show up–they were in it for life (and death… “His name is Robert Paulson…”). And they succeeded.
What would happen if we stopped getting people to commit to the lowest common denominator (a “service” on Sundays) and asked them instead to commit to living a life on mission with Jesus in community with others; a commitment to become agents of the kingdom instead of just citizens; a commitment to invade our cities, our regions, and our world to take back people and places for the kingdom? What would it take to do that?
Think long and hard before you answer… and I want you to answer. Think about every aspect of what you do for your church, how your church “does church”, etc.
Let’s get the conversation started in the comment section… and I’ll go first.