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Church Planting Lessons - Part E

15 February, 2004 3:58 PM

This is part 5 in the series of 'Lessons' I've been learning having being part of planting the Livingroom over the past year. Also Read Part A, Part B, Part C, Part D and Part F.
8. Participation is key. This is something I have learnt but also something we at Living Room can work more on. Church has been too passive in most settings for too long. I don't see the call of Jesus as being passive at all. All members of Livingroom participate in what we do almost every week. This happens best in the meal we eat in that everyone is responsible to bring something to the table whether it be a main dish, bread, wine, sweets or fruit. Even new people are asked to bring something on their first or second week. Participation can and should extend beyond this to the gatherings themselves. Worship, learning, prayer etc can all be very participatory. Even very reflective meditative exercises can become a group process with the right debriefing.

9. Community - Shared life. Read Acts 2 and you get a picture of a dynamic community of people who are very involved in each others lives. Community extends beyond a cup of coffee after a service or a 'sharing time' at the end of a bible study. It includes these things, but I think we need to be striving to really know each other. To go around the group and say one thing that happened to us this week seems a rather empty expression of community - shouldn't we already be aware of what is going on in others lives because we've been connecting with them and sharing life already? This is a challenging one for us - we live in a culture that is very individualistic, to break the patterns takes intentionality.

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ah, the hollow-ness of the share-one-thing-that's-going-on-in-your-life community? a well asked question: "shouldn't we already be aware of what is going on in others lives because we've been connecting with them and sharing life already?"

how would we fare if the discussion were flipped? share one thing that's going on in the lives of each of your community members.

Bald Man » 17 February, 2004 6:39 AM

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