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"So, what is 'The School of Christ'?" she asked.

We were standing in line at the grocery store and I thought, that's a good question. What is The School of Christ? How would I describe it to someone in the "real world" who has never read or listened to any of our teachings? I'm not usually at a loss for words, but I was unprepared for the question and it took me a second to think it through.

"We work with people who don't go to church - especially those who have been hurt by church - and we help them get re-focused on their relationship with Christ, instead of religion." That was the best I could come up with on short notice, but I thought it was a pretty good synopsis.

She smiled knowingly and nodded her head. "Yes, there are lots of people who don't go to church. And I suppose there are some people who have been hurt by church. That's a really good thing you're doing."

I waited for the other shoe to drop.
"But... you DO try to get them to go BACK to church, don't you?"

I like answering a question with a question, so I asked, "Why would we do that?"

The smile on her face drooped a bit and now she was genuinely puzzled. "Well... because the church IS the Body of Christ..."

The conversation limped along from there. I gave her our website address, she promised to check it out, and we parted ways.Will she "check us out"? Maybe. Probably not. Do I care? Not so much anymore. Why? Because we're not called to help people who are still in church.

If you're happy with your church, happy with Sunday morning religion, happy with lukewarm preaching and Churchianity, happy to have your ears tickled once or twice a week, happy and content where you are, then far be it from me to tell you anything different.
To whom are we sent? We are sent to help the ones burned out on religion, fed up with Churchianity, despised, rejected, and cut off from the Institutional Church. We are sent to help those starving, battered and beaten sheep who have been abused by the goats, fleeced by the shepherds, and attacked by the wolves. We are sent to help the ones that the local church tries to get rid of - the troublemakers, the ones who ask too many questions, the ones who won't submit to the authority of their spiritually immature pastor. We are sent to help the ones who have had their eyes opened and have been led by God to "come out of Babylon" while the rest of their friends think they are crazy, rebellious, backslidden and "just hurt." We are sent to help the ones who have a gift, a calling, a heart, a burden for the Body of Christ - but see no way to pursue that calling because they've been misled into thinking that the only opportunities for serving God are in Church Land. We are sent to help the 1,000,000+ people every year who stop going to church, and to the untold millions of people who are searching for spiritual truth, and have an inkling that Jesus is that Truth, but have no intention of going to church to look for Him there.
The fields are white and ready to be harvested - and Churchianity has failed them. 

Continued in Part 2

In Him, Chip Brogden

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