A number of years ago I was invited to share with a group of pastors, teachers, and leaders for a two-day retreat.
On the last day of the retreat, I was asked to share some snapshots of Christ-centered community from my own experience.
I told the story of one such community. This body of believers didn’t have a clergy or a pastor, but they discovered Jesus Christ in the depths and learned to love one another through thick or thin.
They also learned to have New Testament-styled church meetings where every member functioned, sharing the riches of Christ through their various gifts . . . all without a pastor, a facilitator, or an administrator present.
Their gatherings and their community life was under the headship of Jesus Christ.[Continue Reading…]