Broadening my view of church

June 26th, 2010

Over the last few months I have been reading lots about the simple/house church movement. It has been encouraging and challenging at the same time.

I have to admit that I have fallen into the trap of seeing Sunday morning as church. Going with all the other people and facing the front and being fed. If I didn’t go every week I would feel unconnected and sometimes a bit guilty.

Since I have been reading about the simple/house church movement I am really starting to see a broader picture of church. Rather than just Sunday morning and going to church, I am seeing it as being the church 24/7.

My wife and I started to just see how often we meet as church during the week and how many fellowship opportunities we really have as we go about our daily lives. Here are a few examples of the fellowship/church we have found in the last two weeks…

  • Friends coming over for coffee, a chat, God talk and prayer.
  • Catching up in the street and talking for 10 minutes about God/faith.
  • The weekly prayer meeting at church with 5 or 6 other people.
  • Seeing Christian friends at our girl’s netball games and talking about church/God/faith/life.
  • Bumping into a Christian friend at the hospital I work at and praying for them.
  • Chatting with and encouraging Christian friends in other locations on Skype.
  • Going with the youth group to a horse riding and farm clean up afternoon.
  • Connecting with Christian friends (that you know face to face) on Facebook.
  • Attending a craft group at one of the local churches.

As you can see these are great opportunities to connect and share our faith in a natural way. Rather than just going to church, we have been interacting with others and having church on the go. Instead of going, we are being.

This broadening my view of church has been an interesting journey, one that I feel is only just beginning. I am looking forward to seeing where it goes.

God Bless,