For quite some time I’ve noticed that church members are leaving the local institutional church and gathering in house churches/simple church. I have wondered why this is so. In the book The Rabbit and the Elephant we find these interesting words written by someone who made that move. Enlightening… “We’ve found great liberty in following the principles of simple church – freedom from politics, from a need to “perform,” and from we-have-always-done-it-this-way tradition. In simple church, we no longer struggle to please people but are now free to march to the Holy Spirit’s drumbeat. Liberated from endless meetings, we have time to get involved in our communities and to reach out to a world that so desperately needs the Lord.”

How can institutional churches do church in such a way her church members don’t get caught up in politics, the need to perform, and the we-have-always-done-it-this-way traditions?