The Non-Institutional Church: Back to the Future

The
Christian church is once again approaching a period of
dramatic destabilization as various
cultural shifts (of which a "Secular Bible Study" is a sign)
erode support for an increasingly
rigid institutional church. This is
not a new phenomenon. This cycle of
institutional rigidity being
broken up by
popular and
non-institutional movements has been occurring
throughout the long history of the church.
Chad Koppes, scholar of
practical theology and
Pastor of Prospect Park United Methodist Church, will guide SBS attendees in asking, "What can we learn from the
earliest church communities prior to their widespread institutionalization in the
4th century? How can their experience
inform us without falling into the trap of
idealizing the past? And what might the
de-institutionalized church of the future look like?"
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  • Frank B.

    Fascinating debate about what causes the calcification of religious institutions and their overthrow and transformation into ground-up new communities with new beliefs.

    September 22, 2010

  • Steve M.

    It was an informative look at the history of the Christian Church with insights into modern issues facing Christian denominations.

    September 22, 2010

  • Frank B.

    Reminder: This Meetup is on Sep 21, not Sep 7 -- our planned SBS for Sept 7 was canceled -- so all the more time to invite your friends and colleagues to study the "Once and Future" Church! :)

    September 3, 2010

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