A couple of weeks ago I had a conversation with Hugh Halter, author of the fantastic book The Tangible Kingdom. He said something that really stuck with me.
He said part of the job of a missional leader is to create tension.
He said that if consumerism is the predominant force in the church culture today, and consumerism is amissional, then the best thing to do is to remove those things that create consumerism.
If people are consuming good worship maybe what we need to do is take it away for a while.
If people are coming to a service simply to consume good teaching maybe we remove it or change it from its traditional form for a season.
But taking stuff away makes people mad.
It essentially creates tension.
Missional leaders have to learn to appreciate living in a world where they create tension.
The question I should be asking this week: How can I create healthy tension with God's people?