Felicity at “Simply Church” has written a great post called “10 hurdles to overcome in making the transition from legacy to simple church.” Her post is a reminder to those who are interested in seeing church shift from organization-based to relational-based in our mutual relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
I’m guessing that Felicity has had some of the same conversations that I’ve had. I’ve talked with many followers of Jesus Christ – both those who find themselves in “church leadership” and those who do not – who are interested in living as the church as demonstrated in Scripture. But, there are hurdles to overcome, even for those who want to see this kind of change.
Here are a few of the hurdles that Felicity mentions:
2. People are scared they will lose the friendships and sense of community that’s been created over the years.
3. People are used to a professional standard of church: a worship band, well-prepared sermon etc.
7. How can you prevent heresy?
Felicity lists other “hurdles” on her site. Make sure you check them out.
The transition is not an easy one, even for people who love God and one another, and for people who seek to gather in ways that allow them to encourage one another and help one another grow in maturity in Christ. The transition is especially difficult when the people have only been taught one way to gather as the church and have never experiences anything different.
Be patient with yourself, with others, and with God as he worked through all of you together.