I've started to read Steve Chalke's and Anthony Watkis' 'Intelligent Church'. It is a good read, and one that I'm finding simultaneously encouraging, affirming and challenging. They are trying to help the Church engage with the world in a post-Christendom environment. Grace, love, and diversity feature heavily but there is also a rootedness in Jesus and scripture. It will mean a certain messiness but also an attractiveness; many churches today can't handle the former and are sadly lacking the latter.
I think this is what the Lord has called us to experiment with at St Silas'; how to be an ancient/future community of God's people that looks to the past, is open to the present, and anticipates the future. It's a heady mix.
I do wonder if the writers will find themselves preaching to the converted. The practical ideas included in the book are helpful, but I'm not sure how many conventional churches could or would take them on board.
It seems likely that what we are seeing happening, certainly in the UK, is small communities of people, in different streams, discovering new ways of doing church that work in their environment. Fresh Expressions is an attempt to encourage this too.
A word to the wise: if you have any influence in a church, let those who want to experiment a bit, do so. They might just be riding the wave of discovering how to be an 'Intelligent Church'.