Fitting in where you don’t fit in

I just spend a couple of days at an annual denominational conference.  I spoke in two workshops and spent plenty of time chatting with new people and making new friends.  Without a doubt I have been warmly welcomed by this new tribe.  The people are very nice and supportive.  They seem to genuinely like each other.  In the past I’ve been at meetings where the pleasantries displayed on the conference floor sharply contrasted the conversations occurring in back rooms and hallways.  

I believe in being part of a broader community but this journey towards finding one hasn’t been easy.  The sad reality is there is kind of a huge cultural gap between many of us on the margins and those in the center.  It came out in the questions I fielded.  At times I felt like quoting the architect from the Matrix.

Me: “I am the architect. I helped start this house church. I’ve been waiting for you. You have many questions, and although this workshop has altered your consciousness, you remain irrevocably conventional. Ergo, some of my answers you will understand, and some of them you will not. Concordantly, while your first question may be the most pertinent, you may or may not realize it is also the most irrelevant.”

Interested Person: “How many people are in your church?”

I know of some denominations that split over Sunday School…I’d have to say there is a bigger gap between house church people and conventional church people. 

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