Our Post-Christian Culture
A Note from Pastor Jon
A Place Where The Church Has Never Been
In the Greater Toronto Area, the church and Christians now live in a post-Christian, post-modern, multicultural, pluralistic, radically globalized, fully mobile, and highly personal world.
Caught in the Middle in this Globalized Society
Two competing value systems are emerging who both loudly claim to have the answers:
- On one end of the spectrum, there is the ever-growing militant secular revolution touching all parts of society.
- On the other end of the spectrum, there are many global forms of dangerous religious violent fundamentalism.
The Church is caught in the middle, with each end of the value system spectrum thinking we're with the other side and perceived to be enemies of both sides.
What does the Church do?
Retreat? Rebuild the our monasteries and fortresses of the past? Wait till these grand storms pass over? Live in paralysis reminiscing of our former Christian culture?
No! Rather, there is something that God has promised and guaranteed.
There is something that gives us boldness to thrive in our culture, not just survive in the margins. No matter the style of church or what resources they have, there are places of guaranteed power, transformation, and life change for you and your church.
At C4, we have called it "Convergence"
We see Jesus modelling Spiritual Gifts, Spiritual Disciplines, and Spiritual Experiences. In Jesus, the convergence of these things working together provides the Church insight on how to operate, navigate, and thrive in our post-Christian culture.
As a result, we have organized C4 Church based on this idea and continually work this out in our day-to-day ministry.