This summer we will be hosting a series of conversations together. As a springboard for our chats, we'll be reading & discussing the book Reimagining Church by Frank Viola. To say that this book may provoke more than mere chats may be an understatement.
The first sentence of his Preface reads, "After thirteen years of attending scores of churches and parachurch organizations, I took the daring step of leaving the institutional church" (p. 11). Reasons? He was painfully bored with Sunday-morning services and he saw no spiritual transformation in the lives of people in those services.
The purpose of his book is, "to articulate a biblical, spiritual, theological, and practical answer to the question, Is there a viable way of doing church outside the institutional church experience, and if so, what does it look like?" (p. 12) He qualifies his goal by stating that since the church is actually "the people of God, the very bride of Jesus Christ," he's actually concerned with reimagining the "present practices" of the church not the church itself.
I'm hoping to open our Monday night conversations up to others via this blog. If you are willing, please comment on these posts, ask questions, answer questions, raise issues, etc.
So what is church? What is your experience of church? Let's "chat."