Support for Downsizing a Church
When asked why GracePoint doesn’t use Facebook or Twitter or other social media to communicate our message (The Grace Perspective), I explain that it is not intended for an open forum, that we communicate it through personal emails only to those who request it. All of which makes for a small audience.
When asked why I don’t write a book, I explain that more books don’t need to be written to interfere or conflict with the time needed to read a Book which has already been written that surpasses all others.
When ask why I don’t pastor a traditional church (GracePoint is a grace renewal “come and receive” church, not a performance-driven “go and give” church), I explain that traditional churches often exist to
- provide support and opportunity for guilt and ego driven service in the community to help circumvent the outcome of poor choices,
- teach what they think the Bible says, and
- raise money in order to
- build buildings and programs,
- increase attendance, and
- pay salaries.
Jokingly I say sometimes that I might consider a traditional church that wants to downsize (maybe to meet in the broom closet). That’s because the ministry support I give (for learning how to read the Scripture in order to hear God in order to experience Christ to a fuller measure each day in order to manifest his Likeness in the world beginning at home) is not a popular or welcomed message. It resulted in the crucifixion of Christ, the martyrdom of his disciples, and the persecution of the
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Members would leave the church in droves, especially if they are addicted to
- entertainment music,
- codependent relationships called fellowship (but not the koinonia of Scripture),
- whooptalyptics preaching or either profound sounding intellectualizing to learn what the Bible says (not the same as understanding what it means), and especially
- feel-good, ego, and guilt motivated programs to superficially relieve the pain of the needy.