Meet the press
Monday, September 12, 2011 at 6:01AM
Living with Freaks

One day last week, I received an email from a Baylor student. The short email said she was writing for the university newspaper (The Baylor Lariat), and her article was on organic churches / house churches. Somehow, she got my name and wanted to know if she could interview me.

Thirty minutes later, we were eating lunch together in an on-campus dining hall. I ended up spending almost an hour talking about the story of how we became a church of this nature. Apparently, she had interviewed several people about house churches / organic churches, but I was the first person she had encountered who actually was part of one. 

She asked several great questions about what it is like, how we function, and how we make decisions. The idea for the article was her own, and I could tell the reporter had a genuine heart for the Lord. 

Here is my response to one question that did not end up making the final article. The question was: how do you go about making decisions and having leadership without formal roles or paid staff? My answer: easily and messily. When you get believers together, living in genuine fellowship with one another, over time the group cannot help but form opinions about the credibility of others.

Getting to know people in and out of meetings for years allows for some pretty clear evaluations about where someone is in their spiritual maturity. You do not need to talk about credibility. And you do not need to label it, for sure. So I told her that we make decisions by naturally (and almost automatically) weighing the opinions of believers with their credibility over the years, while also allowing that God can speak through anyone, no matter how little credibility or maturity a person may have. But with time and commitment, credibility will surface whether you want it to or not. 

But I think time and commitment are two things that are often lacking among local bodies of Christ. We are so busy, especially in America. Church becomes just a part of our schedules, not something to which we devote ourselves.

When she was out of questions, the reporter turned the recorder off and asked about my testimony. It meant a lot that she asked and I loved telling her the story. I am going to have the oppportunity to share my testimony in Baylor's chapel in October (I will write more about that later).

You can read the Baylor Lariat article here. I am one of many people quoted.

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