Church Experience #27 – July 10, 2011
Journey Church – Hixson, TN
The non-denominational Christian church movement in recent years is a curious thing to me. I always wonder how each of these churches came into existence. Some of these churches meet in people’s homes, in rented or shared commercial space, in re-purposed abandoned buildings, in church buildings of disbanded churches, the list goes on and on. How they came into being is a whole other story. They may have split from another church, they may have been a church plant from some organization, they may have started as a Bible study group that grew into a church, and I am sure there are countless other ways in which non-denominational churches continue to pop up. For some reason I find it very interesting to think about these things…about how churches get formed, grow, and become a part of the community and have an impact on society. I have done very little research about individual church origins, but I bet there are some great stories out there. A completely separate rabbit trail of thought is how and why the non-denominational church movement itself began. Was there too little flexibility within denominations for different styles of worship and self-expression? Were there doctrinal issues that denominations were unwilling to budge on? One big question I often ponder is whether it is a good or bad thing that the Christian church continues to fracture and divide into more denominations and also unconnected non-denominational churches, or whether it has any consequence at all. I may not receive a definitive answer to these questions during my lifetime, but it does not mean I should stop considering them…or the question of what I can do to try to bring unconnected churches together. The one thing I do feel sure about is that God would rather see his followers united than divided. We, as the Church (big “C”) need to have a heart for each other, no matter what, and find a way to work together to serve our Lord, Jesus Christ. These are all things that have been on my mind since my visit to Journey Church, a non-denominational church in Hixson, TN. Here is how my experience went…
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