I just finished an amazing book called Finding Organic Church. I’d never heard the term before, but I was looking into “house church” and came across it in my library’s system.
It. Is. an. Amazing. Concept.
Most likely that’s because it’s from God. 🙂 It’s church like in Acts. It’s church with God as the author and designer, when men get themselves out of the way. It’s church like the ones Paul planted (and you may have noticed, they were not without their problems). It’s not perfect, because anything with us involved never is. It’s just more Him, less us. NO one teaching, everyone listening to God’s leading. Living close. Living raw. Living Him.
It’s hard to describe because we think of church as a place we go. We don’t think of church as a way of being. We’ve completely altered God’s plan for church. Googling “Organic Church” will bring you to many places that can tell you about it more eloquently than I, but I’ll give it a try (with my notes from the book), since you’re here anyway.
Organic church is basically a group of Christians who are living as a shared-life community under the headship of Jesus. Not a Bible study, prayer meeting, song fest, pot luck. No one dominating. No one passive. No one leading.
The church meets to reveal and display Jesus Christ together out of a real, experiential life-giving encounter with the Lord.
I so want that.
I would think that it wouldn’t be possible, except the author has been living it for the past 20+ years.
I love my home church, don’t get me wrong. But I do think that institutional church isn’t what God has in mind for me anymore.
I’m just waiting to find out what exactly His plan is.