-Rev Melissa Fain-
We have no respect or patience for the process anymore. It appears nothing takes time, and nothing is made by hand anymore. When I was in high school I heard the term "Fast Food World." Everything was so fast, we couldn't appreciate or enjoy it. Now, twenty years later, we live in a Fast Food World on Steroids. Everyone wants to go faster, and get things done quicker.
The church, by it's very nature cannot exist in this mindset. As an organization, a community, and a group of individuals- the payout is directly died to the process it took to get there. Church is like a Rube-Goldberg Machine. You start with a call from God, which leads to a mission. If the mission gets off track, even a little, the whole machine fails and the outcome is never reached. It is then the job of the church to painstakingly go over the process again. This takes time and work.
The modern Protestant church isn't playing the long patient game we are being called to. Why?
If I could sum this up it would be this:
Take your time. God is with us. Trust the plan, and follow the directions you know you need to follow.