For those of you who might not remember reading this from me, I grew up in the Disciples tradition (Church of Christ-noninstrumental for you home players).
Anyway…the Disciples’ General Assembly started today. So I was looking over the materials that they have describing the different programs and came across this one:
By the year 2020, more than a third of all Disciples congregations will have been started in the past 10 years! That includes about 700 new churches. This session will engage participants around issues faced by new congregations — their funding, their continued growth, and expansion into uncharted territory.
So let’s study this. In these next 10 years (minus a few months) the Disciples plan to PLANT 700 new churches. 700!!!!! Is the UUA planning on planting ANY?????
After all, the stated purpose of the UUA is:
The primary purpose of the Association is to serve the needs of its member congregations, organize new congregations, extend and strengthen Unitarian Universalist institutions and implement its principles.
For all of our talk about the world needing our presence, we sure don’t act like it. If we truly believed that we had a saving message, wouldn’t we be dreaming as big (relatively) as the Disciples? Where is our plan for growth? Or are we really too worried about UUism getting into the wrong hands to even think about dreaming as big as the Disciples?