In the Western world churches are shrinking. A new survey by the Pew Research Center shows that Millennials (American’s in their twenties) are increasingly turning away from religion. More and more writers and experts are saying that America is now “post-Christian.” Is Christianity really dying out in the Western world?
I recently picked up a book from the freebie bin at McKay Bookstore in Nashville and read where Mike Bickle said that the Lord spoke these words to him a few years ago: “I will change the understanding and expression of Christianity in the earth in one generation.” About three years ago a sister at The Salvation Army Berry Street was told that we are a “prototype.” Yet, she didn’t know what the word meant: “A preliminary model of something.” There are many prototypes of this coming expression of Christianity being birthed around the world (often called simple church, organic church, non-church, or participatory church).
What is being modeling at Berry Street and many other places is not something new; it is as old as The New Testament. It is biblical but has been widely ignored. It is based on I Corinthians 14:26 — which teaches that every member of the church is allowed to openly share and do in church meetings what God puts on her/his heart.
Does this Scripture give a valid alternative for church meetings? It my sound feasible in the New Testament, but will it actually work in real life? Check out a prototype — 225 Berry St., N’ville, 37207 — Sundays at 10:45 am. & Thursdays at 6:30 pm.