Felicity continues to write about her experiences with simple/organic churches at “Simply Church.” One of her latest posts is called “The journey from legacy church to simple/organic/house church.”
In the post, Felicity is talking about struggles that many people have when moving from a traditional (“legacy”) church context into a simple/organic/house church context. As she says, many find the differences (especially what they must “give up”) to be too much, so they end up having a smaller version of the traditional church.
What kinds of things do people struggle with giving up? Here are the things she lists:
- Professionally led worship–in simple church you are lucky to have an out-of-tune guitar.
- Well prepared talks–there’s no pastor who can spend hours preparing a stimulating sermon. Everyone takes part in an interactive discussion.
- Children and teens ministry–you can’t just drop your kids off at Sunday School to have an hour free from distractions.
- Someone else to make all the decisions–in simple/organic church, everyone is involved.
In her post, Felicity also spells out some of the advantages (or benefits) of giving up these kinds of things that are associated with most traditional churches.
Do you know of other practical differences between most traditional churches and simple/organic churches?