Unintentionally there seems to have been a blog thread developing. The story goes something like this:
We began with thinking about our culture (here) which entails making difficult decisions (here), and then considering that by not addressing this we contribute to church decline (here). But church leadership also has to deal with difficult congregations (here) who have their own story (here) of trying to live in a secular world and who really struggle to know how to be relevant (here). The problem being, of course, that churches are poor at equipping Christians for living in an ethical wasteland (here).
So what topics do you think our church leaders should be wrestling with, what issues would you like to bring to your leaders and get an intelligent conversation to help you in your thinking - not necessarily an answer, because of course, all decisions are ultimately our own.
Here are a few suggestions of the issues that I, at least, am wrestling with in terms of how to articulate a Christian, biblical, rational, and logical understanding: feel free to suggest your own.
I'll leave the last one as a stand alone bullet because it has so many dimensions: