Frustrated With Preaching? Try Sermon-Free Church

I (the sermon-free church guy) love to preach. I miss preaching. I preached regularly on Sunday mornings for about 10 years. However, I got frustrated with preaching because I was growing spiritually, but I didn’t see much spiritual growth in the people I was preaching to.

So I became a motivational speaker for 12 years. Then, one day I realized that the reason I grew so much when I preached regularly was because I had been allowed to openly talk about my faith.

I began to wonder, what would happen if a church allowed everybody present to openly talk about their faith? Wouldn’t they all begin to grow spiritually?

When The Salvation Army asked my wife and I to start a “non-traditional” church, we decided to build it around open sharing and testimonies, rather than on a one-man sermon. It has been an amazing 5 1/2 years. Like never before, we have seen people grow and be spiritually transformed as they show and tell what God has done. Sermon-free church releases God power!

The best ministry doesn’t flow from one special person to all the rest of the people in a church service; but from all to all. “For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.” –1 Corinthians 14:31

Come, see for yourself at The Salvation Army Berry Street, 225 Berry St., Nashville, 37207 — where ordinary people show and tell what God has done — Sunday mornings at 10;45.

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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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12 Responses to Frustrated With Preaching? Try Sermon-Free Church

  1. oikoskrk says:

    For the past 37 years I have helped to start dozens of relationship based housechurches. We always practice totally open and free, Spirit led fellowship. It is all about productive dialogue and never sermons or monologues. When we meet we have wonderful ongoing conversations with everyone contributing. Thanks you for sharing this blog. You might appreciate mine also……….
    http://notesfromthebridge.wordpress.com

    Kirk Out !

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