What happens if it turns out that your church is not very receptive to your interest in the life of the mind as a Christian?
Don’t make it your goal to change your church, at least not initially. Rather, have a goal to establish a beach-head by assembling a stable group of Christians who value the life of the mind. Your group can then be a catalyst influencing other things happening in the church.
Consider your group a focal point from which you can do one-on-one discipleship adding to your number through multiplication, like Jesus did. Your group might turn into a vital resource that others in your church can turn to when they have questions, as long as it has three things: visibility, excellence, and a good attitude.
Gregory Koukl(Stand to Reason)