“Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.” – Jeremiah 6:16
What can the modern Church learn from the ancient Celtic Church?
+ We must become communities based on love and equality rather than institutions based on power and authority.
+ We must continually be in the process of creating new communities
+ We must develop missionary-minded leaders and send them off into the unknown to create new communities
+ We must attract people to leadership who are focused on outreach, rather than institutional control
+ We must believe that God is already present and alive and loving of the unknown (to us) cultures
+ We must be friendly to and friendly with the “new barbarians” and be willing to revise any prejudices that may be based on a lack of understanding.
+ We must befriend and accept unknown people and cultures as beloved of God
+ We must reject the idea of a “Christian culture” (that’s tied to a particular nation, class, for example middle class British culture or Roman or American culture etc) to conserve or protect and proliferate – the only “Christian culture” is one based on the Word.
+ We must rediscover and develop ancient and post-modern ways of thinking and being
+ We must seek, expect, and welcome the inadequate and the dangerous
+ We must become the seekers rather than waiting for seekers to come to us
+ We must encourage the proliferation of spiritual peer groups rather than conceiving of discipleship primarily (or worse, solely!) through a speaker/audience model
With acknowledgement of http://www.stmarkshighland.ang-md.org/education/celtic.html for the inspiration for these points.