House Church Chronicle
It’s been an eventful week on my blog. The debate on my blog included people in our house church as well as close local friends. I think there is a need to clearly and concretely explain the nature of our group and the consensus of our group on newcomers.
Nature of our church
Jer and I are are the leaders, but really only as first among equals. Decisions about the structure of the church are made by the group. As a group we are trying to employ a community hermeneutic. Which means we attempt to figure out church together, not as likeminded individuals grouping. Some might question how we even came together without some central tenets in agreement and that would be fair. As we flesh this thing out, we do it as a group and each one of us is submitted to the group. This is not LT’s church anymore than it is Linsay’s church, Jer’s church or Kimbo’s church..
The consensus of our group
Anyone is welcome to join in on our meetings. We limit communion to Christians. We are open and honest about the nature and expectations of our group, what it believes and what it does. I personally am in full agreement with this.
So what happened
We celebrated the Lord’s Supper and shared from our lives. No teaching this week. The potluck consisted of roll kuchen (sp?), donuts, DQ ice cream cake and Vern’s Pizza.
There were members of our group that were concerned about what I had been writing in the last few days. I articulated what I believed their concerns to be. I did my best to demonstrate I cared and was listening to their concerns. Then I went on to explain how everything got started with my last church chronicle. Some of the people that commented on my blog misread my first post, and my explanations. Once the church people had a better understanding of what I actually believe I think a lot of people were relieved.