I would really love to see a church like this. Does anyone know of one?
Not in contract with the civil government in any way
Not a 501c3 nor incorporated
This would allow the church to have a tax-exempt status and still have a political voice on such issues as abortion, gay marriage, evolution taught in public schools, etc.
Excellence in Christ
Each person will be expected to strive for excellence in Christ, to seek the Master, to grow spiritually throughout the week, etc.
There are no lay Christians. Each is responsible to God to be the best priest, minister, etc. that he/she can.
As such, there is no paid preacher, pastor, worship leader, etc. If anyone is paid, it would be the elders so that they can be available to shepherd the flock on a full-time basis.
Meetings will be fellowship oriented. Fellowship is developing friendships based on a common ideal. Each person will come prepared with a lesson learned from their personal study, a song that is especially meaningful to him/her, a song meant to encourage others in a particular matter, a prayer request or praise, a confession of sin, etc. While not all have to participate, all should be prepared to participate. Communion will be shared in small groups with people free to say what Jesus means to them or how he has helped them this week.
Other interest-based outreach-oriented meetings will take place throughout the week.
A pot-luck meal or snacks would be part of the fellowship as well.
Some activities could be done in cooperation with other congregations as extended family fellowship opportunities.
All Christians will be encouraged to participate in a personal Bible study whether in their home or somewhere else once a week.
The church will be involved in the community through service projects, political projects, and community events. At these events, we will make evident that we are the church and we are doing these things for the sake of Christ.
50% or more of offerings and tithes will be utilized to reach the lost, especially the unreached peoples of the world.