Church Recruitment?

I hate church.  Not the Church, but the traditional instantiation of The Church known as the local congregational entity.  I hate the waste and the territorialness and the obsessiveness that quickly eclipses the purpose of the church (in many cases, though I’m sure not all), and thereby guarantees a gradual (or swift) decline in spiritual focus and overall congregational health.  My idea of how the local church looks and feels has little to do with this traditional approach.  I don’t want there to be walls and pews and rooms and carpeting to fuss over.  I don’t want there to be electric bills and groundskeeping bills and refurbishing costs that create a financial and emotional black hole, drawing all of the congregational resources inwards onto itself.  

But getting this idea going isn’t very feasible with people who are deeply committed to, or experienced with, the traditional church model. So it’s necessary to reach out to people who aren’t interested in coming to church, but might be deeply interested in getting to know Jesus Christ, and in living out what that relationship means to them in very intentional ways.  But how do you find these people?  How do you let them know that there’s someone out there that understands that in rejecting the church they aren’t necessarily rejecting Jesus, and is committed to working to find a way to foster a community comprised of the convinced and the curious, where questions are welcomed and responded to, rather than discouraged.  Where new ideas, where tangible expressions of love in the community are not committee agenda items, they’re just what we do, day in and day out.  Where the monies that people give to ‘the church’ go to benefit the people of God, rather than a place for God.  
I hate the business model that has dominated church thinking for decades now.  I hate the emphasis on metrics and demographics and marketing or branding.  And yet, at a certain level, we are culturally conditioned in these ways as well.  But might there be times when a certain amount of this is necessary, just to get the ball rolling?  I struggle with that tension, and with the dangerously slippery slope that awaits in either direction.  But I also desperately need to interact with people who are passionate about their faith in a very non-traditional way.  Is this a good or a bad thing?  Time will tell, I suppose.

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