There’s no room for bullying in democracy (or church)

Want to go beyond the bullying and 1-man control that can be common in church?

There’s no room for bullying in democracy or in church!
–Modern democracy depends on decisions developed by deliberation, diplomacy, and consensus; not on the dictatorship of one person or one party. There is no place for 1-person control or bullying in democracy.
–The very concepts of Congress and Parliament were based on the ancient Greek city council, Ekklesia, which was a participative, interactive assembly made up of equals.
–When Jesus spoke of His followers meeting in His name, He called it ekklesia. (Unfortunately, Jesus’ word “ekklesia” was replaced in most English language Bibles with the word “church.”)

Church seems to bore people. The struggle is real! Time to try ekklesia! Check out this handbook for ekklesia:


Jesus’ekklesia is:
* an atmosphere of love and caring
* a demonstration of the presence and power of Jesus
* a life-enriching support group
* a place to experience genuine community

Experience ekklesia at The Salvation Army Berry Street Worship Center in Nashville, TN, every Sunday morning @ 10:45, 225 Berry St., 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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