"We are sustained by God and we are called to live in His presence." - Jacques Ellul from his book 'Prayer and Modern Man'.
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We have been significantly involved in an evangelical church (a church that bases its theology and direction on the Bible) for over 35 years. For years attendance had been low, finances had been tight and we had even seriously considered closing. Over the last five or so years our church has experienced significant growth. Yet we felt dissatisfied. What was wrong with us?
It has been quite fascinating how various coincidences have supported our discontent and we are learning to feel privileged that we are being pushed to commence a new and exciting "journey".
We gained encouragement when we realized that we are not the only ones feeling the way we do. Studying the Emerging Church and attempting to understand post-modern culture gave us some understanding of our situation. Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch's book, "The Shaping of Things to Come" and the opportunity to hear Alan speak was significant in helping us clarify things further.
We have now come to believe that much of what the recognized church displayed and valued was no longer relevant to us.
We still have a loose connection with our church of 35 years. We have explained our situation to the pastors. We believe God is at work within this church and we have no ambition to encourage the discontent of others.
We have started meeting with a small group of Christians who no longer feel the institution church is the right place for them.
Each fortnight we share a simple meal together that includes the "breaking of bread". We aim to have a particular focus for our time together.
In addition we are intentionally, through our common gift of hospitality, seeking to connect with various friends, many of whom have been wounded by the structured church.
We are encouraged by the early Celtic missionaries who loaded their boat with provisions and rowed out to sea. Once out to sea they discarded their oars and allowed the currents to take them to the place that God would have them. We are excited to be on the journey even though we haven't quite thrown away the oars!
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Geoff, January 2006Home Page.
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