For my organic church friends: Would you be willing to attend a traditional church, indefinitely, to impact another person’s life?
Stephen at “Sword of the Kingdom” has written an excellent post called “A Challenge to the Organic Church.” Actually, Stephen didn’t actually write the post. Instead, he published a conversation that he had with someone else.
Now, you should know, this is a very long post. However, it is well-worth the time it takes to read it, think about it, think about it some more, and ask God what he would have you do about it.
While the person agrees with Stephen about “the overwhelming ‘structural hindrances’ and negative inertia inherent in traditional church or institutional church (IC) settings that hinder God’s kingdom from coming forth as God would desire.”
But, he offers the following “caveats” that we should all consider:
The question to ask upon finding one’s self outside an institutional meeting construct should be:
“Father, to what people or peoples, have you relationally assigned me, in this season of my life, for their benefit and mine?”
That question removes the whole matter from meeting style, structure, likes and dislikes, convictions, etc., and actually lets the Lord . . . be Lord. Indeed, He might give us the freedom to pursue “getting out of the parking lot!” Then again, He might not. He might assign us to a meeting structure and format that is very distasteful and unsatisfying to ourselves, for another’s benefit. Sounds like covenantal kingdom living to me.
In short, there’s no getting around being Spirit-led sons and daughters, under lordship and on relational assignment.
And, he asks the following question of his “organic church” friends: “Would you be willing to attend a traditional church, indefinitely, to impact another person’s life?”
That is definitely a question to consider… how would you answer it?