New Ideas, Worn Out Ideas, & Re-engineering Church

A live electric wire on the ground is not boring. It is attention grabbing, powerful, full of sparks, exciting, indescribable, and unpredictable.  A live church service of people flowing together in God’s current is the same.

About God? Or by God?  A church meeting can be about God or it can be by God. When we run the meeting with our agenda and program, it is about God. But when we set aside our agenda and program and let Him, personally, run the meeting, church is by God.

“If we want to finish well sometimes we have to lay aside the old to take up the new.” –my friend, Tom Griner. 

“New ideas scare a lot of people. Worn out ideas scare me.” –my friend, Joe Calloway.

You could call, implementing new ideas, re-engineering. Car designs are continually being re-engineered (otherwise we would have been stuck with the Model-T).  Perhaps church is stuck in a design that isn’t as effective at releasing the gifts and fruit of the Spirit as God wants it to be. At The Salvation Army Berry Street Worship Center in Nashville, TN, we long to see God re-engineer the way church services work. So each week we give up our agenda, programming, and control and ask the Holy Spirit to do whatever He wants through anybody present. The results of God’s re-engineering are truly amazing.

“It’s not easy to change a meeting that’s been done the same way for many years — much less a learning paradigm that’s been in place since the 13th century. That’s how long we’ve been putting learners in rooms, seated in rows and columns, with the expert up at the front, bestowing knowledge. We’re so conditioned to expect the traditional kind of learning environment that it’s hard to break the mold — even though research shows that we retain only 5 percent of information presented in that setting. In comparison, we retain approximately 85 percent of the information we encounter when we learn interactively.” –Lennie Scott-Webber

Take up a fresh, exciting way of doing church, where everybody present is allowed to show and tell what God has done! Visit us on Sun. mornings at 10:45, 225 Berry St., Nashville 37207.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. 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 co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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