"At some point in the life of most local churches a critical point is reached when the core fellowship of those committed to gospel vision are outnumbered by a fringe who are there for quite different reasons, be it spiritual comfort, kids activities, personal support, or whatever. Regardless of the particular type of church government, all fellowships struggle to maintain focus around core vision when the fringe, be they believers or not, outnumber the gospel-oriented core. It is very hard to maintain focus, or alter any aspect of church life to reflect the gospel needs of a fresh generation, when the majority are committed to maintaining their comfort. When this happens "Christians" have been replaced with "churchgoers" who assume they are Christians."Against this is the senario of Mark Driscoll's church which would appear to have a very large fringe.. the difference being this fringe seem to be drawn in by the preaching of the gospel and the lives of the Christians. The gospel continues to set the agenda. Keeping things that way isn't going to be easy.
Maurice McCracken reflects on the word of God in the church: "God’s word comes to us not by dictation but by incarnation. That is to say that God gives us his word that speaks to us powerfully today, but he gives it to us through particular people at particular times in particular contexts." - well worth going and reading more of that.