Have you dropped out? I have, for now. I’m not ready for another congregational adventure, not least because of reasons mentioned here before, so you can understand why this article is meaningful?
Like many charismatic Christians, Bob* (not his real name) has given up on church—at least for now. The first congregation he attended closed after two years when the pastor was caught stealing money from a church account. When Bob joined a second church he was pressured by leaders to attend two membership classes a week in order to be a part. When he balked at the demands, he was told he was “rebellious.”
Bob left that church wounded and disillusioned. He avoided his Christian friends for a few months, wondering if he even belonged in a community of faith. Finally he joined a casual Bible study that meets at a coffee shop once a month. Today, that monthly meeting is his only connection with Christians—but he considers it his “church” for now.
Bob’s story is certainly not unique.
Read the Rest here The Church Dropout.
In the end, I am not set squarely on the House Church model, but perhaps more like a Cell structure. I see a cell-church as safe guarding against heresy and cultic groupings, as well as providing some central clearinghouse, authority, etc… (Not the covering type, to be sure.) But, we will see