New Page Church = Purch/Participatory Church

Perhaps it is time for the 21st Century Western church to turn the page and flip through the Bible, stopping at the one place in the New Testament where we are told how to do church:  “When you come together, every one of you has . . .”

Rather than requiring people to passively sit and listen to the same man speak, week after week, New Page Church turns the page and allows everyday people to participate and interact with one another as they feel led by the Spirit (according to 1 Corinthians 14:26).

Purch gives people a fresh perspective by presenting powerful demonstrations of God’s presence. (Purch = participatory church.)

We need to turn the page and experience purch!  “Our lack of community is intensely painful. A couple of hours in a church pew each Sabbath is not community. Without genuine spiritual community, life becomes a struggle so lonely and grim that even Hillary Clinton has admitted ‘it takes a village’.”  –David James Duncan

New Page Church (purch) focuses on attracting the presence of the living, resurrected Jesus Christ, not on attracting crowds of people.  “Mr. Brown had thought of nothing but numbers. He should have known that the kingdom of God did not depend on large crowds. Our Lord Himself stressed the importance of fewness. Narrow is the way and few the number. To fill the Lord’s holy temple with an idolatrous crowd clamoring for signs was a folly of everlasting consequence. Our Lord used the whip only once in His life – to drive the crowd away from His church.”  –Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart

Turn the page with us every Sunday morning at 10:45 at The Salvation Army Berry Street, where simple people show and tell what God has done — 225 Berry Street, Nashville, TN 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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