Canoeing the Mountains
“Canoeing the Mountains” by Tod Bolsinger (2018) was one of the books on our dissertation reading list. I wanted to share relevant themes from the book, and how it pertains to “doing” and “being” the Mt. Olivet Church in 2019 and beyond.
Bolsinger parallels the Lewis and Clark expedition, with where many churches find themselves in today’s culture. President Thomas Jefferson had enlisted Lewis and Clark to explore the West in the early 1800s, and go further than any American or European had, in search of the what they thought would be the Northwest Passage. They were hoping to be able to canoe their way to the Pacific Ocean, and what they found was the Rocky Mountains, with no clear path to other side of the continent. Many traditional churches find themselves in a very similar situation of “canoeing the mountains” in undiscovered territory.
The author outlines that churches must (like Lewis & Clark) reinvent themselves to meet the needs of a changing and challenging culture (landscape).
To reframe this moment of history for Christians as an opportunity put before us by God for adventure, hope and discovery (p. 14).
Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. ~ Isaiah 43:19
Blessings, Pastor Michael