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Starting Over

Over the past year, we’ve talked with lots of different people in varying degrees of detail about what we’re doing now church-wise.  Ross summed up the philosophy exceptionally well last night in his article “Imagine,” so I thought I’d take the opportunity to go into more detail for everyone who might be interested.

Go read that article first (it’s short), and then I’ll add some details specific to our situation.

Ross asks what would happen if we “abandoned all the traditional trappings of our faith and reverted to only what we read about in the New Testament.”  As much as possible, that’s what we’re trying to do — not because we believe it’s the only right way (or even the right way for most people), but just because it’s the right thing for us.

More and more people are doing the same thing.  (Katie describes us as “second shifters.”)  Still, it’s not yet to the point where it doesn’t seem really suspect.  Homeschooling is one thing, but having church in your house is just weird.  I get that.  We’re not building a militia, though, and we’re not stockpiling supplies to prepare for war against the government :)  Here’s what we are doing.

Each Sunday we meet at 10:30.  We take turns bringing a breakfasty-type food, and we just spend the first 30 minutes or so eating and talking about whatever.  Eventually we transition to the living room and pick up where we left off in the book of Mark.  We’re reading through it together and discussing specifically what each story tells us about what Jesus would really do.  (Inevitably, our image of Jesus is shaped by the type of church we have grown up in (or not grown up in).  The Jesus of the Bible is often much different than the Jesus we have in our heads.)

It has been incredible.  It’s amazing what you see and what you experience when you remove what isn’t necessary.  It has also helped us shift our mindset from church being somewhere we go to being something we are — not just on Sundays but every minute of every day.

Again, we would never argue that this is the way that everyone ought to be doing church.  It’s just what’s right for us right now.  If you want to see how it works, drop in one Sunday.  We won’t make you fill out a guest card ;)

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3 Comments

  1. Sounds fun. What a beautiful beginning!

  2. Morning all,

    Our family has been regulars at the “Church of Pike” as we lovingly refer to it. Been a great experience for us from the adults down to the kids. We all have our age appropriate bibles and join in. Sometimes the younger ones take part in related activities should they need to move a little. But, that being said, my 6 year old really likes reading the “story part” as she calls it.

    No need to dress up, traffic is never a problem and it’s a great way to start the week. Been enlightening to see how Jesus really was versus what I/We have traditionally assumed. Seems like a back to basics thing for us.

    Consider coming. It’s been a great spiritual learning process for our family!

  3. Donna Dawn Noe Burchett-Walker

    Shane!!!! Have you read the book, “So You Don’t Want To Go To Church Anymore”? If not, you should… It addresses your situation perfectly! I am blessed to get to attend The InnerChange simply because it’s kind of a large ‘house church’… it still has a bit too much going on, but not nearly as much as what I’ve been a part of in the past. I’ve raised my son with this thought… If you only have one hour per week to go to ‘church’, choose to go to a men’s group or a small Sunday School class, or a small ‘home church’… because we CANNOT grow, in my opinion, when it is too easy for us to slip in and slip out unnoticed… we need the direct conversation with others, and our accountability to them, to truly grow. The Word says, ‘confess your sins to each other, and pray for each other, so that you will be healed’… it’s hard to confess in a large ‘congregation’…

    I will pray for you guys, but I truly believe this is the direction that His Church is headed… leaving behind all of the religious mumbo jumbo that ain’t worth a hill of beans… getting to the heart of who Jesus is and allowing His Holy Spirit in us to increase, as we decrease, and begin to look more like Him and less like us…

    Love you guys!!!!! Praying for you!
    Angie’s friend, Donna Dawn

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