Thursday, December 14, 2006

Less commitment church=less commitment faith?

I have been thinking a lot about the Huddle lately-as I often do, and particularly the perception of Christianity and faith that it would give to people who were just new and starting to get involved.

See we are (and quite intentionally) a church that doesn't run a lot of programs, courses and events for people to go to, which is for a few reasons. Mainly because none of us want church stuff to take over our lives and have no time for our normal lives and normal friends. So I guess the idea is that instead of always being at church stuff, people have got time to get out and live their lives amongst people in the community. See we all get that, but I wonder about how new people might perceive it.

Do we run the risk of giving the illusion that your faith is something that should only be a small part of your life? That it should only be an add on to everything else? I guess at the end of the day it comes down to how well we're able to help people be a part of our community, and to understand God's call on their life, but its still something worth thinking about.


Ali said...

Hey Digs,
Would have to challenge you on the bit about not wanting church stuff taking over normal lives, as surely our faith should be our normal lives?
That is if we want 'normal' at all.
I know, semantics, but still, could make life a little ambiguous!
Besides, shouldn't 'church' be a natural thing to do within our community, rather than this thing that seems to happen in a disconnected way, with a distinct separation from the remainder of our lives?
Something to think on perhaps!
(Didn't J. do the 'church' deal with people who weren't his followers too? Or in a visible way around them? Could be wrong on that one!)
Anyways, always such a challenge to be a disciple throughout our lives, and so much easier on Sundays (or Mondays!).
Al x

Digger said...

Yeah see I reckon you've actually said exactly what I mean in your first paragraph Ali. Cos as you'd know, our faith isn't completely wrapped up in our church life, so the idea isn't that our faith shouldn't be a part of our normal lives, but that church shouldn't take over. Don't think I explained that well :(

I guess what I was talking about was when church programs, events, small groups, meetings, practices and all that take over from our ability to be involved with others lives.

And yeah ideally it should be a part of natural life, not just some random thing we do with people we never otherwise see, but hey, I'm not sure if many of us r there yet-so def something 2 think about there.

yeah I guess with the Jesus thing he was the epitomy of just doing life with people, whether they be his followers or not. He just hung out, walked around, taught as he was on the road and when people stopped him etc (well thats my perception anyway!)

So basically I think we're saying the same thing just with different words. Agree?

Esky said...

Hey Paul,
Finally at home after weeks of not being at home... and this just fit perfectly with our (some girls from church who i was staying with) point of coming together for the week. We wanted to have times where we could chill out and be bums as well as times where we could casually build our faith together. It was because at church and youth it's allocated time to build faith and community, whereas just chilling out on the beach side it would happen more spontaniously.
Anywho, I rekon so often emphasis is put on 'hey come to church and be with God' instead of 'live a life full of faith and in a relationship with Jesus Everyday and come to church to build on it with other people'.
I see it (the idea of living in an everyday relationship with Jesus) as one of those things that will take a while to bring into society because it's taking the ideas that are already there and replacing it with the truth- that going to church doesn't make you a better christian or person, it just gives you the opportunity to figure that out.
Well, that's my blab for a while...
much love
Estelle b.