Category Archives: making church more participatory

There’s a whole lot of chexit going on!

For the past few decades, there has been a whole lot of Chexit going on in America and in other Western countries. Chexit is a word that I coined that was inspired by another coined word: Brexit. Brexit refers to … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Blessed are the “pour” in spirit . . .

Blessed are the “pour” in spirit, Who share from their heart For they will be healed. You can listen to lectures Full of points and principles Yet your pain will persist. But when you’re allowed To openly pour out your … Continue reading

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More than church (Jesus conducts His ekklesia)

–More Than Church– Ekklesia is A group encounter Where people allow The living Jesus To direct the meeting Like a symphony conductor. Ekklesia engages, encourages, empowers, and enthralls everyday Christ-followers. (Learn more about how the living, resurrected Jesus Christ wants … Continue reading

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Why do churches ignore this Scripture?

Our intention at The Salvation Army Berry Street is to implement the Bible’s mostly ignored instructions, introduced in 1 Corinthians 14:26, that inform Christ-followers what to do “When you come together.” We believe that this inspired idea of participatory interaction … Continue reading

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Why not schedule a “Jesus 12” in your church service?

Why not schedule a “Jesus 12” in your church program? –A “Jesus 12” is 12 unprogrammed minutes during a church service where the living, resurrected Jesus is allowed to be the leader and people are free to go to an … Continue reading

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