Part one talked about the constantly varied nature of CrossFit and our need as the church to constantly vary the way in which we think about doing ministry as the church. In part two, we discussed the functional movements of CrossFit and how their functionality transfers over into our every day life (i.e., getting off the toilette=a squat). In the same light, I mentioned that the church has two functional movements that transfer over into everything that the church does: Love God and Love others (taken from Matthew.)
For this post, we’re going to focus on the third part of the CrossFit definition: constantly varied functional movements done at a high intensity.
I think from the perspective of a CrossFit L1 trainer, there is little to elaborate on with the ‘done’ portion of the definition. It is impossible (or at least I have yet to see it on YouTube or elsewhere) to move heavy loads over large distances in a quick amount of time….without actually being active and physically doing it. Unless we can move things with our brains, then in order to do any sort of activity, you have to be….active. So perhaps this post is going to lean a little more heavy on the church side than giving equal attention to both, so let’s move to there.
There’s a lot in our churches that are stagnate. We’re stuck in ruts that we call ‘traditions’ and instead of getting out and making a change, we spin our tires in the mud until we’re actually stuck or we burnout and stop doing what we were doing. Ecclesiastes says there’s a time and a place for everything, yes, but each of those things requires action. It requires actually doing. The church cannot be the church without doing. The church cannot be the church be being inactive.
When the church fails to be active, the church fails to be the church, and it fails to be representative of Christ. I’m sure that there are plenty of ministries and activities happening inside of your church’s walls, but what is going on outside of them? When I talk of being an active church, I don’t mean ministries within the walls of your building. Those are activities that skew more towards being ‘insider friendly’ and are often difficult for new people (visitors or what have you) to join. The level of your church’s ‘fitness’ is directly related to how varied your approaches are to reaching others, how well you incorporate the functional movements of the church, and how active it is outside of it’s own walls.
Being an active church to me means showing up in the neighborhood. Do the people who live around your building know who you are, know what you’re about, know that you care for them? If they don’t, you’re lacking in the functional movements, the active-ness of being the church and Body of Christ. Church, get out and move that body. Be active. Write a letter to your neighbors, or better yet, maybe knock on their door and introduce yourself. Meet them not in the pews, but as the famous title of Karl Olsson’s book suggests, meet them on the patio. In order to be an active church, you need to get outside of your walls and be pro-active in meeting your community. The CrossFit way of doing church is be open to new ideas, while maintaining the functionality of loving God and loving others, all while being inviting and welcoming as you do life together.
Ponder this as you await the next installment:
1) what’re some ways that your church ‘does’ ministry?
2) how can you move from an ‘insider’ to and ‘includer’ mentality in your church?