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I love the idea of a pub church, and I wonder what that would look like. I was involved for several years with a group of people who met from house to house, and I can tell you that it is not easy. It isn’t that we had trouble getting along, but the glitch always was that people simply are not used to, do not have time to, aren’t into (fill in the blank) preparing something to share every week or even most weeks. Somehow it usually turns out to be kind of strained and, well, boring. For us, it didn’t work, and early this summer we kind of fell apart. No fights or anything, but people just wanted to do other things. All the rest have gone off to institutional churches but I can’t do that – attend the church show every week. I used to love it, but now I don’t relate to that any more. For me it’s all about the fellowship and I haven’t been able to find that in institutional churches.
Reading about the pub church, I find myself thinking, “Maybe that could work.” I do think you’d need a leader though. Americans do not do well without a leader – or that’s my experience. Maybe we SHOULD be able to do that, but I think in the name of reasonable-sized baby steps, we actually do need a leader. Not a despot and not someone who is responsible for all the work of the church by any means – that’s too much for anyone whether paid or unpaid – but a leader to inspire and, well, lead. I would be very, very interested to learn what this pub church looks like. Is it basically church in a pub, with a sermon and songs and perhaps an offering? Or is it more like what Stef was talking about – getting together to study the word? Or is it something else again?
In my experience it hasn’t worked to simply get together and wait for “something” to happen. Maybe it WOULD work with a different group of people, but it most definitely did not work for us. It also didn’t work to make a plan – to have a theme to which everyone was asked to bring a contribution. People don’t want to do that – they just don’t. What’s more, they won’t. They bring food for the body faithfully (we always ate together) but not food for the spirit. Or well, a couple of people brought the things they had from God, but then it gets to be a 2-3 person show and you hate to keep being the only one who has something to talk about. You start feeling like a pastor. I’m not sure how to do this, and I’ve been trying for quite a long time now. Any suggestions would be very welcome.