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03.28.12

Everything I believe about the Church (in 1000 words or less)

Filed under: God's movement,leadership — 11:54 am

For the last couple weeks, I’ve been working on an article for RelevantMagazine.com about the Church.
I don’t claim to be a church expert in any way, but the process of trying to collect some thoughts and ramblings into 1000 words or less was both difficult and thrilling.  I loved it.  And my heart for what the Church can be is bursting out of my chest right now.  The piece went live today…

Relevant.com

You can read the whole thing HERE.  If you have some thoughts, definitely leave a comment and join the conversation.  Blessings…

4 Comments »

  1. Hey Aaron,

    Great article and I believe you deal with something most important, that maybe a lot of Pastors are afraid to talk about, mostly because it pertains to us. That we ought not think of ourselves higher than others, or better than others. I’ve been a Worship Pastor for almost 8 years, and I just recently, within the last month, at the age of almost 30, stepped into my first “Full-time” Ministry position with a church. Now, I believe this a great thing and I’m now more freed up to focus on the local community, however, prior to this time, I always had the struggle of trying to gain the status of a “Full-time Pastor”

    But what I learned over the years, was exactly as you said, that ministry can and does happen everywhere. I ministered more fruitfully at times at my middle school where I directed after school programs, than on Sunday morning where I led the congregation in worship. I worshipped deeper when I made a connection with a hurting student, than when I took communion at church. Not that any of these practices of worship are bad, just that God.Is.Evident.Everywhere.

    Thank you for your article and for the worship blog you and your team write. I find it most helpful.

    Keep working hard for the Kingdom, which is the greater purpose.

    Kenny Laughters
    http://www.kennylaughters.com
    http://www.freeworship.tumblr.com
    twitter @kennylaughters

    Comment by Kenny Laughters — March 28, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

  2. This was an amazing article that said a lot of things I carry in my heart about the Church. It’s as if we want to make the Bride of Christ be a stay-at-home mom and say that the only function of the Church is to sing and learn within the four walls. That is one part of what the Church is about,but the Church is needed in the workplace,in the mission field, in the mall,the pub, and Barnes & Noble.

    Comment by Terrence — March 29, 2012 @ 9:45 am

  3. Great article. I love the part about how the church of the people “gets out of the way.”

    Comment by Jesse VanderWeide — April 6, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

  4. Thanks for this article. I’ve been talking about this with fellow Christians for the past few months now and have come to a similar conclusion, that The Church is the priesthood of all believers who have one leader, King Jesus. I was shocked to find out that the word Pastor is used only once in the New Testament, and yet many of our institutions are based on the model of Pastor as the head of his local church. I do believe that has left much of the church immature, it seems to pass on the responsibility of seeking God to the leaders rather than each person. I don’t really see a model for the institutional church in the New Testament, but more of an organic community of Jesus seekers where the leaders (elders if you will) aren’t hired, but respected experienced and wise people in the same community on the same level as anyone else. It’s so hard to imagine this occurring in the American church today because hierarchy is so engrained in us, but it’s worth praying and thinking about and doing the one thing that we personally can do, that is taking responsibility for our spiritual maturity and encouraging others to do the same. Thanks again!

    Comment by Jeremy — April 6, 2012 @ 11:26 pm

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