The Catherine Booth 4-Part Challenge

The Catherine Booth 4-Part Challenge (From her book Papers Practical on Practical Religion.)

1)  Break out of the standardized church pattern imposed by tradition and routine. Catherine Booth said:  “Churches have stereotyped forms, refusing to come down from the routine of our forefathers, although this routine has ceased to be attractive to the people, nay, in many instances is the very thing that drives them away.”

2) Allow people to listen to the Spirit’s promptings and obey His leadings during church meetings.  Catherine said:  “Oh, how much the Lord’s people lose through disobedience to the leadings of the Spirit!”

3)  Encourage and let people openly and honestly share from their heart during worship meetings.  Catherine said:  “So greatly does God delight in honesty of heart in His people that He never fails to give the power of the Spirit to those who exercise it (honesty of heart).”

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4)  Let church meetings be actively led and directed by the living, resurrected Jesus Christ rather than by a man, a program, or traditions.  Catherine said:  “People need to be brought into contact with a living Christ.”


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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3 Responses to The Catherine Booth 4-Part Challenge

  1. David Harper says:

    Awesome stuff Steve!


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