the everyday church (or whatever you want to call it)
This is something I wrote a couple years ago while I was in Bangkok and it is based on various epiphanic experiences I took part in that changed my life forever. Whether you’re a church goer or not, I hope you read this and feel encouraged and inspired. This is my version of Lennon’s “Imagine”:
Have you heard of the Everyday Church? It does not meet in a building. It does not necessarily have a name. It does not happen solely on Sundays; it happens on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and holidays as well! If you were to look for directions to the Everyday Church, the listing would simply say: “wherever you are, wherever you go, whatever you do.” The Everyday Church meets on the basketball court, the Starbucks down the street, in the office, in the living room, in the middle of the street, the movie theater, the car, the toilet. . .
The Everyday Church is not centered on the leadership of one pastor, but is driven by people who are willing to contribute and “get in the game.” They know that they have been empowered to lead in love and service through the Holy Spirit! The people of the Everyday Church do not look to one man or institution to “feed” them but goes directly to the Source. The people of the Everyday Church are not left feeling empty when “the sermon sucked” or if the teaching is “watered down” or if the music is “below par” because they understand that God and His revelation is much bigger than those things!
The people of the Everyday Church openly share their time, talents, treasures, insights, hurts, hang-ups, joys, food, games, fun, and so much more. The people of the Everyday Church are ready to lay down their lives for one another and for the cause the Father lays before them. In fact, the people of the Everyday Church take on the posture of the Father and no longer live as children who expect to be given and fed all the time. The heart of the Father is generosity, kindness, and abundant love and that is what drives this movement.
You’re not obligated to attend the Everyday Church, nor is there such a thing as missing out on the Everyday Church—because the Everyday Church happens whenever lives intersect and true love is lived out. The Gospel is not merely talked about and preached on but comes alive in our real interactions with everyday people. The people of the Everyday Church love as Jesus did: recklessly, without agenda or bias.
The Everyday Church is not just a fan club for Jesus– filled with saints who know the right things to say and wear Christian t-shirts– but is a family of misfits, filled with flawed people who want to be in real relationship and friendship with Him. His Grace overtakes all shortcomings and for that, the people rejoice and celebrate.
In the Everyday Church, ritual is overtaken by intimacy and religion is phased out by relationship. People can finally experience true freedom—freedom to be who they really are, freedom to laugh and dance, freedom to approach God with confidence, freedom from judgment, freedom from self-consciousness, and freedom to love without strings.
The Everyday Church is not a place to go but a person to be. We are called to BE the Everyday Church. This is the church of the future!