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Early Church Principles for the Modern World - Helping Broken People Heal


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Bishop’s Message

I have spent a large part of my life in the institutional church.  I have met many people in those churches who have touched my life deeply.  I have been in programs in those churches that have helped me grow in Christ.  But unfortunately, the institutional church is beginning to slip.  Statistically 85% of all churches in America are either stagnant or are moving toward a state of serious loss of membership. 

The institutional church can have advantages due to its size.  However, the size of the church can tend to be its undoing.  Many Christians today are looking to go deeper in their relationship with God and are struggling to find it in a regular church.  All over America, small house churches are sprouting up.  They allow their members a new sense of intimacy, spiritual growth and personal development like never before.  Since the church is small, each member is important. 

By following the ways of the original New Testament church, the whole way that church is conducted is different and much more fulfilling.  Everyone gets a chance to contribute, and no one feels under pressure to have to “run the whole show.”

It is the goal of our church to provide spiritual and social development for modern Christians that takes the best of both worlds and puts them together into one powerful organization. By giving a number of small congregations throughout an area the opportunity to reap the benefits of the small group church experience while having the advantages of a larger church, we are able to have a church that is both intimate and stable. 

The church can assist you with deep spiritual growth and simultaneously be able to provide services that can make a difference in your life. We are also pleased to provide fellowship and spiritual care to those who cannot find a suitable group in their area.

Before this kind of system can reach maturity, the basics will have to be mastered.  We must powerfully develop the love of Christ in our hearts and in our life.  We will be successful only if we live Jesus Christ.  We must allow ourselves to become so conformed to Him and his ways that love will flow from us effortlessly and unconsciously. 

It is then that people will want to have what we have and will beg us to bring them into our congregations.  To do this will take much prayer.  One of the problems of the institutional church is that often the pastor ends up being a kind of chief operating officer, and can become so bogged down with the details of church business that he is unable to do what is really most important, to be in prayer for himself, his family, his congregation and its spiritual needs. 

By having a fellowship that spreads out the responsibility for its functioning by giving the ministry to many ministers, your bishop and his episcopate can maintain their spiritual balance, and by doing so, can allow the Spirit of God to fully function through every member in the group.  It is by doing this that the fellowship can provide stability and strength for each congregation, thereby allowing each congregation to focus on what is truly important our Savior, Jesus Christ, and his love for us.

Isn't it nice to know that you could have a congregation that is there to support you every step of the way.  While situations may arise from time to time that will require your leadership to use its Godly authority, you will find that these are very few and far between and are done with great love and care.  But when you have leaders who are not spending minutes but hours in prayer and meditation every day, you can be assured that the working of the Holy Spirit will take its course as it should.

In Christ,

Rev. ++ Timothy Buss

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