How Often Must The Church React?

Our studies this term, for our Institute One Year Diploma students, include our course called In The Face Of God: Leadership In Ancient & Emerging Worship Practice.

One idea felt important to both note and consider today for those working through the realities of being a follower of Jesus in a postmodern reality:

How often, historically, must the Church react to itself as the people of God (ideally “respond” instead of “react”, but we get behind and must have rude awakenings), as we react to the cultures (of which we are an integral part as a community of human beings) of which we are a part?

What then precipitates, and determines, real, long-term change, that goes beyond novelty and into permanence?