It’s important … to note that it’s futile trying to change the church, or a denomination, without first changing the paradigm or genetic codes that guide it. It’s because of this that reframing the central paradigm of church is one of the keys to change and much-needed innovation. A paradigm shift is a change to a new game, a new set of rules. And this in turn means we must reactivate our underutilized imaginations….
Bill Easum says it this way: “Following Jesus into the mission field is either impossible or extremely difficult for the vast majority of congregations in the Western world because of one thing: They have a systems story that will not allow them to take the first step out of the institution into the mission field, even though the mission field is just outside the door of the congregation…. Churches wanting to break free from the quagmire of their dysfunctional systems and climb out of their downward death spiral must learn to feel, think, and act differently than they do now. The times in which we live require us to change our life metaphors, something akin to rewiring the human brain.”
Alan Hirsch and Dave Ferguson from On the Verge: A Journey Into the Apostolic Future of the Church.