The problem is not so much that organic church wannabes – who persist in writing, opining and peddling influence on all things organic without actually being part of a healthy, functional, local fellowship – are wrong in theory.
Rather, it’s that their opinions and aspirations lack a sufficient basis for being right in application.
Until the organic and simple church community moves beyond them – and starts learning from each other in the context of actual, intentional local fellowships – we will remain stuck in the rut of the past.
We don’t need mutual promotion networks of local church wannabes masquerading as experts with obscure or misleading bios.
Rather, we need mutual learning networks among those sacrificially being the church in actual local fellowships.
This was driven home last night.
On Sunday evenings, folks from over half a dozen fellowships in our county gather at our house to talk and share and learn from one another, in order to then strengthen each of their different communities.
We talked and shared with each other from actual perspectives about actual issues that arise in actual local fellowships where we are actual, committed participants.
The depth of meaning and significance that comes from those gatherings is humbling – not because we have all the answers (we don’t!), but because we are learning how to relationally seek and apply God’s grace together.
I know how fragile these things can be, but I think I see the future…
It’s not in the wannabe experts, but in the humble faces of folks learning to participate together in actually being the church, without fanfare and without pretext.
~ Jim Wright