Sunday, November 26, 2006

Churchianity versus Christianity

I glean some from Reggie McNeal filtered through my own grid to answer the question from a previous post. How is Christianity and Churchianity defined?

Wonderful question, so wonderful that I post here instead of down the line.

Churchianity = In order to become a Christ follower we need to convert to the Church. Anyone interested in being a Christian must live their lives around the church, channel giving to the purposes of the church, serve in the ministries of and inside of the the church, order their schedules around the church schedule, find Jesus at church, become good members of the church etc. It's focus is on maintaining the church as she is and not fulfilling the mission of God for all of us. The main thing is: Let's keep the institution of the church alive at the expense of the Mission of Jesus for all of us. We don't readily admit this but it is reality.

Christianity = Reggie McNeal says it better than I can, "The movement Jesus initiated had power because it had at its core a personal life-transforming experience. People undergoing this conversion could not keep quiet about it. They had discovered meaning for their life and wanted other people to experience the same thing. They had a much more spiritual tool at their disposal than coercion or legalism. They had grace and love. This is the dynamic of genuine Christianity. This is what turned the world upside down at the beginning of the Christian era."

Best quote of the day by Reggie McNeal, "We don't need a methodological fix - we need a missional fix." That is what describes what Churchianity isn't and what Christianity is.

Of course as usual -I can say a whole lot more!


At November 28, 2006 11:02 AM, Blogger Slatts said...

Thanks for the clarification. I agree with almost all of it. I think your main point is that "churchianity" is closed in on itself where Christianity is outward looking.

At November 28, 2006 1:00 PM, Blogger Bob Carder said...

Now you are cooking! :)

At November 28, 2006 11:06 PM, Blogger spamthewunderdog said...

I have often talked with friends who are in the ministry about their slavery to "Churchianity". The sad thing about it is this: to a person, everyone of my friends who are enslaved to that know it, they understand exactly what they are bound to...but they stay. They stay because no one has ever really discipled them away from that (I have tried) and they are, quite frankly, ok with it because the pay is higher.

At November 29, 2006 1:06 PM, Anonymous BRANT said...

Religion is man's attempt to reach God.

Jesus is God's attempt to reach us.

Marlin (A dear friend)

At November 29, 2006 1:11 PM, Anonymous brant said...

About vocational ministry:

A guy goes to Bible College, racks up 40 Grand, pours his life blood into the ministry only to have his life governed by a retired beer truck driver. Somethings wrong here.

When you work for a company, you are compared to the owner, the top performer, etc. But in vocational ministry, you are compared to God, and on top of that - each and every person's own perception of God.

Well meaning people. Failed system except in rare forms. Just my opinion, men.


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