An Anglican & A Baptist Describe Participatory Church

Anglican priest, Robert Wild, describes participatory church:
“God can speak to each person through the others and guide the entire assembly toward a common mind, toward consensus.”

Baptist pastor, Ed Stetzer describes participatory church:
“In all of our research on churches, people in transformational churches were taught that they were responsible for the ministry of the church. This was a recurring theme that they perceived, rightfully so, that they were the owners of the ministry.
To do this, we must begin by declaring the two class system of ministry dead (clergy-laity) — we may even have to kill it. A new level of ownership must be given to the people of God, and the people of God must embrace what they are given. God’s desire is to have a church made up of every day Christians living like missionaries.
The clergy-laity caste system is killing churches and hindering the mission of God. Let’s kill it.”

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. I have written two books: Mindrobics: How To Be Happy For The Rest Of Your Life and Your Sperm Won--Experiencing Your Value As A Championship Human Being. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I lead a non-traditional church in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the early church come to life in our time.
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6 Responses to An Anglican & A Baptist Describe Participatory Church

  1. David says:

    Wow, powerful stuff, really love what the baptist pastor is saying. Pretty bold, but right on the money. Ya “lets kill it”

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