Life After Church-As-We-Know-It
Jim Robbins is a former pastor who writes about organic community, the life of the heart, and live-able towns and cities. In 1998, Jim was invited by Leonard Sweet to serve on a consulting team Sweet was forming. Jim loves the mountains of New England and its spectacular seasons. He is married to his wife Lynn, and they have two children, Olivia and Nate.
What would happen if Christians lived their faith in small, organic fellowships right where they lived, worked, and played—without “going to church?”
What if you could no longer use your car in order to get to church? What would you do?
Are there some towns and cities where the Kingdom of God is more likely to grow than others —where developing relationships is easier and more natural?
Outposts of the Kingdom
is about being the Church without going to church. We are approaching a future where the local church, or church-as-we-know-it, will no longer be sustainable. The local church model of Christian activity, so revered for hundreds of years, is likely on its way out. Two powerful ‘storm systems’ are about to converge upon the local church, leaving it limping at best. Something new and revolutionary is taking the place of the conventional local church: organic Kingdom outposts. These smaller, yet powerful clusters of Jesus- followers are cropping up in homes, the marketplace, micro-ministries, coffeehouses,and any place where ‘two or three’ are gathered. They operate outside of the local church and are powerful Kingdom communities, being the church right where people live and work —without the need to ‘go to church.’ Thankfully, simple, walkable towns and cities are cropping up in many places and are providing the ideal soil for simple church. You won't need your car for endless errands; and you'll be able to develop community with others more easily.
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