The following was written by Pastor Jerry Crenshaw as new way to plant churches. What do you think? Do we have room for what Jerry is talking about? Do you feel called to plant a "house church" ? How can the Region (meaning all of us, not the Regional staff or just pastors) help this become a reality?
we could then help them discern their needs. For instance when they
felt a need to worship together as a community could we trust them and
help them to find what meets their need? Could we offer resources and
encouragement? Could we be aware enough to bring like minded groups
together? This is not offered as any answer, not as the only solution
to a rather complex challenge. But I hope we are aware there are those
out there that are being disturbed and are beginning to wonder about a
new faith experience that just might lead to church happening.
have worshiped with at least one group that has gathered and are
growing a church with out ordained ministers. Their excitement and
sense of joy at owning that experience is exciting. On my first visit
they were excited to tell me, a stranger who just walked in off the
street, that they were all responsible for preparing for their worship
experiences and leading in them. They bless the loaf and the cup
together, with visitors, and serve each other. They decide together how
to reach out and minister to the needs around them. They gather
around their sick. They help those who have become jobless.
keep hearing of others who are wanting to do something in calling a
new faith group together. I am encouraged by these and wonder if we do
not demand to much or that we expect them to meet our standard of
church. I think we, as a region and as individual congregations, have
so much to offer such groups. And I wonder if what is holding me back
is a set of blinders that I have some how assumed was church. As I
said, “I wonder...”
Keep up the excellent and stimulating
blog and facebook page. I join with you in inviting others to share
their dreams and wonderings... and longings... and prayers. Thanks
If you or a group of people are interested in planting a faith community, please let me know. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.