Genuine Seeker-Friendly Church Is Simple (Organic)

What is seeker-friendly church?  Here are some ideas:

Spiritual seekers are desperate for God. Therefore the seeker-sensitive church surrenders to and demonstrates the actual presence of the living God (rather than providing religious entertainment and a motivational speech).

Spiritual seekers long to be free from their sin. Therefore, the seeker-friendly church challenges their sin, calls for grace-based repentance, and offers them supernatural freedom and deliverance (rather than excusing their sin by teaching “hyper-grace“).

Spiritual seekers are looking for reality.  Therefore, the seeker-sensitive church is simple, honest, vulnerable, and shares the truth in love (rather than offering pretense, showmanship, formalism, watered-down religion, and/or hype).

Spiritual seekers need interaction with and encouragement from others.  Therefore the seeker-friendly church allows ordinary people to openly participate and share their needs, their concerns, testimonies, prayers, Scriptures, spiritual gifts, prayer requests, and words of encouragement with one another (rather than requiring everybody to sit back and listen to one man talk).

Spiritual seekers are looking for God.  Therefore, the seeker-sensitive church seeks to attract the actual presence of God, Himself (rather than following the attractional church growth model and trying to attract people).  When God is strongly present in a church meeting, seekers will be drawn to Him, rather than to a program or a pastor.

Here’s a case study:  A God-seeker visits a “seeker-sensitive” church. During the sermon, the seeker suddenly slumps over in his seat and starts to shout; “Lord, have mercy on me a sinner.” Will the “seeker-sensitive” church stop the sermon, be sensitive to the seeker’s situation, and sincerely support his search for God? Or will they be offended by the seeker’s super desire for God? What do you think?

 

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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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4 Responses to Genuine Seeker-Friendly Church Is Simple (Organic)

  1. Pingback: What is Real Church? « Crossroad Junction

  2. brywieb says:

    Great post and blog, Steve. Appreciate the heart and perspective. Peace!

  3. Pingback: No man ever steps into the same organic church meeting twice! | Free Gas For Your Think Tank (Steve Simms Blogs From Nashville)

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