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Michelle

When I first read the Detoxing from Church article a year or so back, it completely resonated with me. I've been on a similar growth path, but have not found too many in my area that can relate to what I'm going through - and definitely not the pastor/s of the church/es I attended. I felt very alone in my journey - until I discovered a bunch of bloggers treading the same path! Your stories and others have given me much encouragement to persevere, to follow what I know I need to do in order to grow in God. Thank you!

Bruce

Isn't it funny how some people place more importance on unity based on loyalty to the system, than they do unity from a common belief in Christ? Maybe we have it all wrong, and the church organization IS more important than the good news itself. I don't know, but personally, I've found incredible life in Christ outside of organized religion (that I doubt I would have ever come to know within the walls of the institution).

Shannon

This smacks a bit like "I like the GUY, it's his wife I hate." Don't you realize that the church is the bride of Christ? In following the example of Christ, who incidentally modelled the church to us, it is important that we don't give up meeting together regularly, fellowshipping and worshipping. I do understand the need to go off by yourself for awhile to get alone with God, just as Jesus did periodically, but He always came back to his church.

Bruce

Good point, Shannon. But I think you might be misunderstanding what's going on here. We still gather with, fellowship with, and encourage one-another... we just do it in a simpler, more relational setting instead of the corporate, institutional, performance-based, event-driven setting. It that's what works for you, go for it! Live in it with all your heart, but if you ever desire something more Christ-centered, authentic, and satisfying... look me up!

Stay well, Sis!

Bruce

Darren

Shannon, you make a good point here. Yet we must avoid the duality of pitting one type of church against another. I think the whole Institutional Church vs. Home Church argument is silly. All of the activities you described can be done in groups of 500,000 or 2 people. I live in both types of churches and so I write about the church in the course of my blog.

For me, the body of Christ is the people and not the organization. I do realize that people form organizations and that is the philosophical rub for me. I love people but often find that the organizations we create can be oppressive to some if its people. (Watch the movie KADOSH for an example.)

Like Bruce pointed out. Finding a group that is Christ-Centered is the key. The size of the group is unimportant in my opinion. For me, church is the people and not the trappings we use to dress it up. If any one Body of Christ is marked by genuine love and nurturing of God's people then our church is a well dressed body.

Loving God's people is to accept and care for them. You see Shannon; I love the body of Christ even if I think it is a great body in a frumpy dress.

wilsonian

"A great body in a frumpy dress". What a perfect description!

Crystal Lea Billington

I would like to help troubled teen's and everyone that the Good Lord sends my way.I know that we are all loved by God and that he wants us to grow and be prosperious in this world.I have been to many churchs and they have not filled the void I have to become a pastor or minister in this field of faith.

Crystal Lea Billington

I would like to help troubled teen's and everyone that the Good Lord sends my way.I know that we are all loved by God and that he wants us to grow and be prosperious in this world.I have been to many churchs and they have not filled the void I have to become a pastor or minister in this field of faith.

Tamara

I believe God is moving across this nation. Yall are not alone. I sit in my church and my heart breaks. The leaders just don't get it and I feel they at times are doing real damage with their feel good you'll be blessed attitudes. We are called to be disciples. Look at the disciples in the bible. They don't look like feel good life styles to me. We need to get up out of the pews and DO SOMETHING!!! I believe my specific assignment in my church is to pray for the Fire of the Living God to fall. If he needs to move people out so be it. I believe my church can become all it is suppose to be. I have stepped out of all the busy work they try to get people to do. I work outside the church with homeless, prisoners and teenagers. Until God releases me from my prayer focus we will remain in the building but we dont have to become sanitized and civilized like they want us to become. I won't sit down and I won't be quiet. My husband calls me a boat rocker and I say ROCK ON!!! I read a book about the barbarian way and that is who I believe God is grooming me to become. Power to all of us who KNOW there is more than Sunday and Wednesday. I believe God is the one heading this movement across the country. To God be the glory.
in His army,
tamara

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