Saturday, September 10, 2005

We're Not Alone

I enjoyed reading the following, which is about others on a journey that reminded me of ours:

"We don’t have a name, and don’t plan to have one either. We are a 24/7 community whose lives intertwine throughout the week. We have found a place of openness, trust and confidence that has enabled us to go through some truly awful things together. That’s cool. We gather in a home. We’re pretty lousy at integrating the kids (4-18 yrs). We’ve not been brilliant at the whole worship thing and we’re still figuring out mission. We have seen a number of de-churched restored to God and His Body. That’s cool too. And we are in the process of discipling a Muslim family in their home. See our vision is not to grow our thing bigger and bigger until it bursts into two, we reckon it’s more fun having babies than getting divorced. (I think that’s the right way round.)
In fact our plan is not to build anything at all, we just want to give stuff away, we want the Kingdom we have experienced to flow ever outwards. We’re not interested in having a sexy looking church in the middle to which we are constantly trying to get people along, where we desperately try to hold onto everyone and everything in sight. We want to see people going and making disciples wherever God says to go and if we can serve them in that we’ll be happy.
Why the heck should we expect people to leave their culture to come into our weird Christian culture? Jesus told us to leave ours and enter into theirs."

If you are interested, you can read the entire article at:
http://www.emergingchurch.info/stories/bath/index.htm

4 Comments:

Blogger Phil said...

Greg, did you notice the guy's name who wrote the article was "alexander campbell"?
spooky.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

I did see that. At first, I was all confused. Anyway, hope all is well over there! G

2:19 PM  
Blogger Ramon said...

who is alexander campbell?

4:46 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Alex C. is pretty much the founder of a religious movement during the second great awakening (beginning 19th century) that developed into the church movement that Greg and I come from (along with Central Christian, and the Ridge and a bunch of other churches).
One more thing. Greg, check out Christianity Today's article (I think it is in the most recent issue) on "The New Monasticism." In many ways I really really dig it.

12:20 PM  

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