Posted By Nan

During our trip to Costa Rica in 2003, standing amidst the ramshackle huts where the poorest of the poor live as refugees, we saw a big purple monster of a church casting its grim shadow over us as we stood in the filth just across the street from it.

This "purple church" was supposed to represent royalty, I suppose. What a picture of the arrogance of Churchianity. Religion's response to Jesus' prayer for more workers to go into the harvest has been to build churches and expect that the harvest would just pick itself up and walk itself into their nice little buildings without them having to lift a finger. Well, the harvest didn't harvest itself. So the church buildings supposedly constructed to "reach the Lost" have become country clubs for born-again folk too self-absorbed and detached from the real world to have any meaningful impact - fortresses to shut the world out and keep the saints warm, dry, fed and comfortable.The only real church growth these days comes from Christians changing churches, and churches trying to be more attractive to other Christians.Quite frankly, ministries have also had to learn how to be more attractive to other Christians if they want to survive.I want no part of that.I'm tired of trying to be attractive to other Christians. I've never had a sinner ask for, or give two hoots about, my "doctrinal statement."I'm tired of trying to please church-going folk.The School of Christ is going to focus on pleasing God and helping people who need help.We're not starting a new movement. We are continuing in the same spirit of the original movement that Jesus started 2,000 years ago when He sent His disciples into all the world with a simple mandate: "Make disciples of all people."

Karla and I have a purpose to fulfill on this earth through The School Of Christ. After taking some time off to pray and refocus, the Lord has strongly reminded me to be about my Father's business and to concentrate on the ones "to whom we are sent." We have walked a long, hard, tiring road to come to the place that we are at now, but "the steps of the righteous are ordered by the Lord" - and this has been true with us, as I'm sure it has been true with you as well.Sufficiently rested, I am even more aware now that the time is short and the harvest is plentiful. In these days of darkness and confusion, when it seems like the world is falling apart and there is no hope, we have a wide open door and a wonderful opportunity to be a light and to bring hope to the world. I'll be sharing more about our purpose and specific direction in the weeks to come. In the meantime, thank you for your support of The School of Christ, and please let us know if we can serve you in any way.

n Him,

Chip Brogden
http://TheSchoolOfChrist.Org

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