10 Questions for Religious Leaders
Is it possible for people to gather without there being an agenda? In other words, can people gather without feeling that they need to "go" somewhere as a group?
- Is it possible for people to enjoy the community without having a vision statement?
- Is it possible for people to stay in community with each other without a set of rules to follow?
- Is it possible for a community to be composed of people of all kinds of levels of faith and even of no faith at all, or for those who hold a vastly differing views of scripture to keep fellowship?
- Is it possible for people simply to gather without a goal that they must agree to?
- Is it possible for a community to exist without being controlled by leadership?
- Is it possible for a person to be a welcomed and appreciated part of the community who disagrees strongly with the pastor or leader on some major issues?
- Is it possible for people from all across the cultural, social and moral spectrum to love each other face to face in community?
- Is it possible for a pastor, priest, minister, leader, imam, master, or whatever, to "allow" a wide and opposing variety of opinions even though he or she may strongly hold his or her own and teach it?
- Is it possible for a healthy community to exist long-term and to thrive in good works without a mission statement, a vision, or a goal?
The beautiful photograph is the creation of my friend Mark Hemmings