• Mike

    I would count myself among the “de-churched.”

    I am definitely looking for a community to belong to, to embrace, discuss and live the teachings of Jesus. I’m just not sure it can happen in a typical 501-c3 institution.

    It seems to me these organizations are more about tops-down vision casting, recruiting volunteers and creating a brand rather than slowing down and developing relationships with God and each other.

    Most (if not all) the local churches have a statement of faith that includes around 11 points of doctrine. They seem to build the community on a foundation of belief rather than a foundation of love. If one’s beliefs change, they are no longer welcome in that community because the foundation has crumbled.

    I wish local churches would follow what Jesus admonished: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 15:35.