Today my wife is going to our denominations "Church Planters Roundtable." I have to work so I can’t go. I think that this will be the 1st time that a woman has gone to one of these solo. Most of the time there are only a few men who bring their wives. In the last four that we have been to, Cheryl was the only woman.
I think it is cool that she wanted to go even if I could not. Being the only woman in the room at the good-old-boys club may be intimidating to some, but Cheryl will not have any problems holding her own.
We are just such anomalies in their process. There is this whole "program" in place to get a "church" going. I get the feeling that our calling does not fit the mould their program creates.
I just don’t think that a network of house churches fits their bill. No church building, no budgets, no Sunday Service, no singing and the other things that typically "look like" a church.
In my thinking, I don’t need to be an official church by my denominations standards. Being a missional community that lives its faith in the world can take many forms. For us, the simple church notion seems to resonate with our calling.
I keep asking myself the following question: Why do we even bother with a program that has a focus which is so different than ours?