The Church has Left the Building
People often associate the Christian faith with a church building. While a space dedicated to worship and spiritual training can be useful, Jesus never called his followers to confine their service to a building.
“You are the salt of the earth... You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13, 14).
Jesus called his followers to be difference-makers. To make the world a better, brighter place. His life brought so much delight that his message came to be known as the good news. Unfortunately, Christians are not always perceived as delight-bringers.
Our congregation is striving to break out of the argumentative sourpuss mold so that we can be salt and light. What if we lived in such a way that people loved to be around Christians because of our joyful, positive spirit? That would be good news!
The whole world belongs to God, so every spot is fair game for ministry. Everyone is God's child. The Holy Spirit goes where we go, so let's allow him to use us as salt and light.
Two curriculum series are posted below that explore these themes. Both series are based on the book Treasure in Clay Jars, by Lois Barrett and others.
Entire series (Word DOC) - booklet form SG 1: A mission bigger than a building SG 2: A changing world SG 3: Sharing God's treasure SG 4: Transformed by scripture SG 5: Taking risks SG 6: Loving one another SG 7: Worship as a witness SG 8: Depending on the Holy Spirit SG 9: God reigns SG 10: Leadership for a new era SG 11: Christians as colonists and refugees SG 12: Leaving the building Entire series (PDF download) Series formatted by Tanner King in full page form (DOC)
The Missional Church
|"The Missional Church" (view entire series)|
|Class 1: Biblical & theological principles|
|Class 2: Finding our way in the story|
|Class 3: Missional identity|
|Class 4: Biblical foundations and discipleship|
|Class 5: Taking risks as a contrast community|
|Class 6: Practices that demonstrate God's intent|
|Class 7: The public witness of worship|
|Class 8: Dependence on the Holy Spirit|
|Class 9: Pointing to the reign of God|
|Class 10: Missional authority|
|Class 11: Incarnational spirituality|
|Class 12: Principles for moving forward|