Tuesday, October 9, 2012

My Newest Tikkun Article on Micro-Church: When Bigger Isn't Always Better

OK, so “Micro-Church” is a term I made up (unless it is out there somewhere being used in which case let me know which of my fellow spiritual journeyers I can connect with, in such a like mind) but it depects not necessarily an antagonistic or pejorative response to the “Mega-Church” model and phenomenon but rather a counterbalance.
For every action there must be an equal and opposite reaction. Many people today take that concept to a place that is so polarized there is no balance at all (and you need balance in the alchemy of physics and faith). What I am suggesting is an equal and opposite action which is not creating an intenable adversarial stance but rather a suggestion that if the “megachurch” exists and serves a purpose to feed certain people in a certain way then, it would make scientific and cultural sense that the “micro-church” might be able to provide a very different kind of worship that feeds certain people in a different way.
I would even argue that the “megachurch-goer” could also transition, or fluidly move back and forth between the mega and the micro experiences and gain something new and fullfilling in both arenas.
What I suggest, I realize, calls for a number of paradigm shifts. One being a return to the small, organic, grassroots and intimate worship experience first found around Jesus’s dinner table, much the same way (Jesus’s origin) the Sabbath meal and rituals served as intimate and personal time with family and God.
The other suggestion that causes core shaking movement in the earth of current religious practice is the idea that a person can worship here and also worship there–and that if we don’t build a faith focused on membership we inherently create an environment where people want to become community members.
I love my one, catholic (lower case catholic–meaning all-inclusive), apostolic church, but as the word “catholic” indicates, I can also make that faith expand beyond the walls of my one congregation, or town, or even model of worship.
Imagine a world where the kingdom of God and the dinner table feast we share with each other is more of a buffet around one large table rather than a made-to-order choice where I sit at my small table next to yours, but never even look up from my meal long enough to see you–let alone notice what you are eating.