House Church Meeting

House church meeting
There is a meeting at 7:30 on Thursday night for anyone interested in being part of the house church Jer Olson and I have been talking about.  If you are interested in checking it out you can contact me here.

The rest of this post describes what the house church will look like.  Feel free to look it over to prepare some questions or suggestions for the meeting, or put them in a comment.  Be sure to check the comments to see if something has been clarified.

Our desire is to become a Christian community where

People know they are heart of the church
Ministry is relational and gift oriented
Christian mission and service are integral
People are taught how to think, not just what to think
Spiritual formation and the practice of spiritual disciplines are encouraged
We are a group of friends, not just a friendly group
Everyone has a voice and role to play
Dialogue and conversation are part of the normal life of the church
Leadership guide but do not dominate
There is a clear line between what we do and the mission of the kingdom
We explore expressions of worship that are non manipulative
We connect with the rest of the body through a decentralized network
We allow for theological diversity
We take full advantage of the Internet to enhance physical community
We use or financial resources to support the cause of social justice and other churches
We submit ourselves to the scrutiny of other devoted followers of Christ
We continually train new leaders to lead other church plants
We practice communion by having a meal together
We grow in love for each other as we work in mission/service together for a purpose that is greater than ourselves
We share the resources we create with the body of Christ online
We will chronicle the life of our church through blogs allowing people to learn from our successes and failures
We regularly watch Strong Bad emails and play Settlers of Catan – TROGDOR!
We continue to dialogue with established churches in familiar and unfamiliar faith traditions in hopes of mutual benefit.
We rely on the power of God to transform us in to vessels of His love
We are Christ centered and view the bible as authoritative.

Any thoughts?

  1. #1 by Darren Rowse on September 22, 2003 - 12:06 am

    what a great list – go for it guys. Looking forward to watching the journey and learning from what you discover.

  2. #2 by James on September 22, 2003 - 10:51 am

    You guys should really come out and check out Converge….The church I go to…It just is cool…It seems God is leading many people to this style…I first saw it kickin’ in South America…and then Spain…And now it seems that God is finnaly bringing it here…People are begining to see that church is is them…And the gifts are comming out…and people are using them…I love it…Church is becoming 7 days a week again, it is turning into a community.

    Its kind of kickin’ as I read the history of the church it seems that in the darkest time God brings his people into community, the Irish warrior monks when the got on the boat to Scotland…It is cool…

    Be blessed in what you guys are doing…Satan will try and crush you…Pray and listen to God…He will lead you.


  3. #3 by Toni on September 22, 2003 - 12:45 pm

    Looks good Leighton. I hope the house church really does look like that in reality.

  4. #4 by kimbo on September 22, 2003 - 2:14 pm

    Settlers of Cattan eh? Sweeeeeet.

  5. #5 by Steve Menshenfriend on September 22, 2003 - 5:01 pm

    Settlers of Catan! My wife is a wicked player. She often reduces me to tears. We love the game.

  6. #6 by Justin Baeder on September 22, 2003 - 9:49 pm

    This is downright freaky. Our (house)church planting team does almost nothing but play Settlers and watch Homestarrunner (for fun, that is. We do other stuff). Wow. I’m going to send them all this post.

    Are we in parallel worlds here, or what?

  7. #7 by linsaymartens on September 23, 2003 - 12:07 am

    good stuff! i am excited to see this get “fleshed-out” in the months ahead.

  8. #8 by jenn on September 23, 2003 - 5:00 pm

    well, as long as you are watching strong bad emails …

    it has been (& will be) great to see the whole process. ‘the list’ really does encompass many of the things I was looking for in my recent search for a church.

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