Week 8 – Fuellenbach, Chp. 7

Fuellenbach summarizes the models of church he offered in Chapter 6, categorizing the five models into one of two types: the Basic Ecclesial Community (BEC), smaller, egalitarian communities; and the neo-conservative model, a continuation of the hierarchical model founded in Christendom.  In today’s context, he suggests that the BEC is best suited for a contrast society in the demands called for by globalization.  We need small groups of faithful who care for the poorest of poor, the expendables (:201), who don’t/can’t produce goods, nor do they consume them.  Although I agree with him, it again becomes a question of communities informed and inspired beyond knowing about the effects of globalization towards the faithful response.  Shane Clayborne and the community he lives with comes to mind:  He travels by way of those going to the place he is going already; he stays with others in their homes once there (not at a hotel); makes his own clothing, etc.  This is the manner with which we could truly become a subversive, contrast society, but as I have lamented before, those communities are just not visible in the church.  That doesn’t mean they don’t exist, I’ve just had trouble finding them.  And the institutional church really isn’t cuttin’ it either, although there are some steps towards this.

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~ by Brian Shope on November 16, 2007.

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