What would you do if you could re-imagine aspects of your church? What would you change? If you were assured that you wouldn't meet horrible opposition, would you do something really radically different?
Now, how about if you knew you were going to get all kinds of flack about it? Would you still change things? If so, what things would you change? If not, is it just because of the flack you would get?
I used the title "re-re-imagining" on purpose; in the UMC, the re-imagining conference was a conference that tried to reimagine a lot of stuff that I feel strongly about -- specifically, it took exception to the status of homosexuals in the church. Now, I don't want to link myself to that conference, but I do want to go on record saying that we must re-imagine and re-re-imagine how we do church in order to be effective.
Notice that I didn't say "we have to change" or "we have to follow the newest trends" because changing things just for the sake of change is just mean. There must be a reason for change. Example: I came in to NK and began immediately leading a praise song or two during the service. Why? Those praise songs are a way to help part of our congregation worship in their worship language. Imagine you spent all day speaking a foreign language. How exhausted would you be by the end of the day? Likewise with music. If you have a favorite worship song (whether it's a new praise song or a classic hymn), isn't it great when you get a chance to sing it with a bunch of other people, to all worship God together, using your favorite song?
As for other aspects of the church, are they pointing people to Jesus Christ and to a real relationship with Him, or do we just do them because that's what we always do? Sometimes doing something different really brings home the significance of what you're doing. Other times, it just makes it harder to worship. Some experiences help usher people into the presence of the LORD, while others just make people uncomfortable, seemingly just for the sake of making them squirm.
I don't have all the answers; I don't even know all the questions. I'm just re-re-imagining.