One word sentences (one word church): How effective are they?

One word sentences greatly limit communication, but using many words opens up much greater understanding. Right?
(Perhaps church services could be more effective if we moved beyond the 1-word by 1 person format and instead allowed many words by many people.)

There are two kinds of one-word sentences:
1) Single word sentences (also known as monosentences or holophrases); and
2) Repeated words sentences (where only one word is used repeatedly to make a sentence).

Here’s a famous example of a repeated word sentence that shows how confusing limiting our communication to one word can be: Buffalo buffalo, Buffalo buffalo buffalo, buffalo Buffalo buffalo. 
In this sentence, the word Buffalo has 3 meanings and is used as 3 parts of speech. It is a noun meaning a particular mammal; a proper name for a city (Buffalo, NY); and a verb meaning to intimidate. If you have the time, think about the sentence until you understand this meaning: “Bison from Buffalo, New York, who are intimidated by other bison in their community, also happen to intimidate other bison in their community.”

Have we created confusion in church meetings by limiting them to 1 word (1 message) by 1 man? Is it time for church meetings to open up to multi-words by numerous people. Perhaps!

one word sentences

Yes! Some churches around the world are already allowing many words by many people in their meetings. They are known by many different names: organic church, simple church, participatory church, multi-voiced church, God-gatherings, and unprogrammed meetings.

Church? Come! Visit! Marvel! Experience multi-voiced church (many people/many words) for yourself every Sunday morning at 10:45 at The Salvation Army Berry Street, 225 Berry St., Nashville, Tennessee 37207 — where numerous ordinary people show and tell what God has done!

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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