Building a new church

Building a new church

I don’t know how many people reading this blog are like me, but I’m ready to be part of something new. For the first 10 years of my walk with Christ I had a great passion for changing the church. I thought that that if we changed a few things church could be so much better. Even though I was involved in a church plant that restructured the organization from the ground up I never saw the results I was hoping for.

I think I’m called to be part of something new. The advent of post-modernity has given us the opportunity to honestly deconstruct and reconstruct church. We can dig deeper and build faith community that works.

I have the training and opportunity to get involved in a modern evangelical church. For me, I can’t see the point pouring resources in to a system with so much overhead and so little fruit. I’m not saying these churches are now completely dead and irrelevant. They aren’t. However they are very irrelevant to me and many others.

It’s time. Everytime I try to go to a regular” church worship service I sense God leading me out the door. Inside the hearts of many people I know there is a drive to build something new. To cast off the traditional trappings of ministry and construct faith community full of dialogue and depth. Some are really looking for a deeper expression of worship with more symbolism. I’m interested in real community, lots of conversation and truly empowering discipleship.

I’m tired of listening to sermons full of filler. I’m tired of McChurch. I’m tired of meeting” other Christians during events that prevent honest dialogue. I’m tired of falling in to the trap of pursuing ministry success.

  1. #1 by dan on March 25, 2003 - 5:15 pm

    Congratulations, good luck and my sympathies. The decision to not only be a part of a new community but to be a part of leading a new church community in a new model will probably be the best one that you have ever made, but also really hard at times and very risky.

  2. #2 by Anonymous on March 26, 2003 - 8:23 pm

    The Grace To Hear God

    Clay Sikes

    Mar 17, 2003

    The Church, through the efforts of men, has had a tendency to make laws/rules in order that he (man) can better serve himself. This is the true origin of religion in its most base form, and from this tendency we have seen entire Denominations born. However, we have entered an era in which the Holy Ghost will no longer allow this. In fact, we have entered a time in which that birthed of man and called “God” is being exposed and dismantled institutionally and in us individually.

    To those who have left “the system,” much care must be given to avoid creating yet another “system.” This is especially so with those who have been called out of the Institutional Church, who have seen and know the truth of the inherent dangers of creating another man-made, man-induced system.

    To the extent that the law (legalism) replaces grace, to that extent, grace to hear the Spirit will be removed (Galatians 5:1-6). Those who return to the idolatry of self-rule (Jonah 2:8) will forfeit the grace to hear the Holy Spirit’s leading. Those who return to legalism and tradition will forfeit the grace to hear. God is calling a people unto Himself.

    The grace in our lives today is a direct reflection of the amount of truth we have embraced. We cannot have grace for a truth we have not embraced. Knowledge must never be confused with revelation: Revelation is only revelation to the extent that we walk in what we know.

    We are living in a time in which there are many voices: we have a tendency is to spout what we know, what we think, yet God is calling His people to a higher plane in which mouths must remain closed unless unctioned by the Spirit of God. Opinion, legalism (Bible thumping), and self-rule will cause much confusion – It is time to hear God and make words and choices that line up with His direction and instruction for our lives. This will require the discipline of spending time with God LISTENING! Great talkers are often poor listeners.

    To those who will earnestly seek God and LISTEN will come the gift of discernment, probably the most unglamorous, yet one of the most vital gifts in the Body today.

  3. #3 by Randall on March 27, 2003 - 3:01 pm

    We need to have coffee!!

  4. #4 by Frank Doiron on March 28, 2003 - 12:49 pm

    I have been in your shoes for quite sometime. If we were closer I’d say let’s go for coffee. Keep us informed through your blog about how this is proceeding. Let me know how I can pray for you. This is coming from Southern manitoba.

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