Real Church

Genuine Christianity

The more people you have in your life that are genuine the richer your life is. You can learn from one another and encourage one another. Jesus didn’t walk among us 2000 years ago to build a religion, but to build a family. His passion wasn’t for a method, but for a people set apart and anointed to touch more people.

Religion inside the institutional Church allows people to pretend their spirituality. It keeps congregants from being open and honest with each other. If you join an institutional church, you’re expected to join the show. You become a spectator and helper of the program. The show (the program) is more important than the people. If you don’t like their particular style of program, then you’re asked to join another church. You spend your life looking for the right church with the right program, but what you really need are genuine brothers and sisters in Christ who are growing in their uniqueness in Him and not another program.

Don’t replace relationship with religion. It’s a poor substitute. It will always leave you cheated of experiencing the vibrant Christianity that Jesus was willing to die for you to have.

by Tina Morley

Leadership, Organic Church, Real Church

Dilemmas Believers Face inside the Institutionalized Church

Institutional Church

One of the dilemmas that believers face inside the institutionalized Church is that they are often not taught how to hear from God and how to be active in their faith. When they are taught these fundamental spiritual basics, they are often limited in their expression of this dynamic.

Another dilemma is that members easily expect the church leadership to think for them, removing their own individual responsibility in their spiritual growth. Just as detrimental is when church authority lords it over its members by not allowing them to think for themselves.

We do need leadership in the form of elders who teach, preach, and pastor in each church and who come alongside, not hierarchical church leadership. The simple/organic Church movement embraces the Bible scriptures that teach that all believers are “priests” and does away with the top-down structure of the pope/pastor church.

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood… that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Pet. 2:9 ESV).

Incidentally, the idea that only the husband or father is the priest in the home is an Old Testament concept that undermines and inhibits the truth of the New Testament. All believers in a family are priests. Imagine the potential of that!

By Tina and Rob Morley