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Response to “House Churches”

26 Apr

This is a blog response for a post that was put up back in November. GDB has been out of commission for a while so we have a lot of catching up to do. You can’t find the original post on rough-hewn blog. It is written by David Hoopingarner and you can follow this link to get to it, http://javaman56.wordpress.com/house-churches/

First off I want to say that I am extremely blessed to have read the article. It is great to see that there are other people out there who share my passion for ministry and my ideas for discipleship. The one thing that is driving me crazy is that I have never been to a house church before. I wouldn’t quite call what we do at GDB to be a house church but we do meet weekly to talk about our faith, grow in fellowship, and enjoy the company of friends, family and the Lord.

We at GDB have seen first hand the incredible positive affects of this kind of group and my favorite portion of the article “House Churches” talks about something that we have been trying to get at for a long time, the alienation of new coming Christians within the mainstream evangelical churches. David talks about going to new churches and sitting in rows, “… politely waiting for the service to be over.” It might seem ridiculous for me to rhetorically ask if that’s the kind of service we want to be having but it is constantly the kind that we are putting out there. The personal relationship between the pastor and his congregation often ends abruptly at a handshake.

It really makes me sad to know that for most of my life I have experienced this kind of relationship with my pastor. Until just recently when I moved from Colorado to Arizona I knew my pastor as, “The preacher man that talks loud on Sundays.” When I transitioned to the new church I realized that I had a much more personal connection with my pastor. We go shooting and talk about guns, and then stop to get coffee and discuss theology. This kind of relationship has definitely caused incredible changes in the way I view how a church ought to be run.

I’m extremely excited to see that David is on the same page with GDB and hope to have more exchanges with him in the future. If you haven’t checked out his blog then you definitely should and make sure to check in with GDB next week for our continuation of “The Bible is Not a Text Book.”

 

~Arayl

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Posted by on April 26, 2012 in Bible, church, disillusionment, Failure, Religion

 

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2 responses to “Response to “House Churches”

  1. David

    April 26, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Hello Arayl,
    Thanks for updating! I had wondered where you guys had gone! :)

    The article you mention here is actually chapter four of a book by David S. Kirkwood titled The Disciple-Making Minister. I received it from some one else and re-posted it simply because it is a message that needs to be heard, shared, and implemented.

    His book can be found on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/The-Disciple-Making-Minister-David-Kirkwood/dp/0962962589/ref=pd_rhf_ee_p_t_1

     
    • GDB Team

      April 30, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      thanks for posting it. I had a great time reading.

       

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