Tuesday, January 29, 2008
It is wonderful to have unplanned encounters with others who are in the "different church" mission. My latest was on an airplane trip to Boston. I was reading one of the latest books by Brian McLaren--Everything Must Change. http://www.amazon.com/Everything-Must-Change-Global-Revolution/dp/0849901839/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1201631945&sr=8-1 which prompted my seatmate to ask what I thought of it. I asked back if he had read it or others by McLaren and indeed he had. Turns out he was on his way to a church gathering in the Boston area as well. He was the director of a house church network, or simple church movement, within the foursquare gospel association. Within his tradition, the movement is growing quickly of sponsoring house church networks. We talked about his presentation, how so many were beginning to look for something different than a theater-based, attraction model, spectator-oriented one-hour a week mega-spiritual thing called church. I left the plane both energized by our conversation and sharing of ideas, and sighing that most all of my encounters and shared experiences along this line happen with folks in very different faith communities than mine, and that as far as I know there is so very little planned conversations and programs in our association such as the one he was facilitating. He was a paid, almost full time, staff person just to help folks launch simple churches. End.
Posted by Ron at 10:36 AM