I just returned from a 5-day trip to Vegas. My coworkers and I spoke at a 4-day Organic Missional Church Life Conference called Threshold.
Great folks and a great time.
Never saw the city before. It’s quite a sight to see, especially at night.
One of the great misconceptions that people have about organic church (fueled mostly by people who have never read Reimagining Church) is that organic churches have no structure and no organization.
This simply isn’t true. It’s a straw-man argument to say that advocates of organic church believe that the church has no structure and no organization. And it’s one that’s easy to knock-down.
Organic churches certainly have structure. Just as much as a physical body does. (I discuss this in an interview I did with Drew Marshall, and I go into detail on it in Reimagining Church, the companion volume to Pagan Christianity.)
The difference is that the structure (or expression) of an organic church emerges from LIFE . . . God’s life. The life of God is the source of the church’s expression (that’s largely what “organic” means . . . that which is derived from life.)
Contrariwise, in an institutional church, the organization emerges from a human system. A hierarchical leadership structure and religious tradition are the sources of the structure.
Take a course in Anatomy and Physiology and you will have a pretty clear understanding of the structure of an organic expression of the church (Paul likens the ekklesia to a physical body in 1 Corinthians 12).
I delineate some of this in my article published in Relevant Magazine’s Neue Journal.
Since it’s a PDF file, you need Adobe Reader to view it (it’s free). And you can adjust the size of the print. Or do what I always do with online articles – print it out and read off-line.