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Broward Emerging Christians October Monthly Meeting

Many of us are coming to the conversation, and to the table, with different perspectives: experiential, generational, socio-economic, comprehension of gospel truths and praxis. With such differences comes constructive tension. That we can process the tension together bodes well for future discussion and “Kingdom building.” Robin, Flavio and I felt that at our next meeting, a few of us could “share our stories” of the journeys that led us to the emerging conversation and the gathering at this table, in some depth (taking about 10 minutes each). This will no doubt lead us into a variety of topics. Others could share each month as they feel comfortable. Understanding builds bridges. “Iron sharpens iron.” And after all, “church is relational.” As time permits (or for our November meeting) we can continue discussing ways to do church by comparing organic to traditional church models. Flavio is sharing some good material - In his book The Forgotten Ways Alan Hirsch asks “How did the number of Christians in the world grow from as few as 25,000 one hundred years after Christ’s death to up to 20 million in AD 310?” and in ]The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom applied their business know-how to promoting peace and economic development through decentralized networking. How can such principles apply to our cohort, and our Christian journey? See also Broward Cohort 9/20/08 post on Organic Church Additional links and documents may be forwarded/posted before the meeting. We'll meet at Laura's Cuban Restaurant which has Cuban favorites, tapas, wine & beer, pastelitos, café cubano, and the art of Joe Klucar. Arrive at 6:45pm if you want to order dinner, and we'll start the discussion at 7. Wi-Fi available. Conveniently located 2 blocks east of I-95 on the north side of Hollywood Blvd. (The online menu is out of date.) Parking: Free parking accessed from the back alley (look for the “Laura’s” signs for the walkway and rear entrance). Metered parking along Hollywood Blvd.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great time of sharing. Was good to hear people's stories and then the discussion re: spider vs. starfish organizations was very stimulating. Only wish it could have gone longer, but it was getting close to my bedtime anyway. (Always best to end a meeting with people wishing it could be longer, rather than them wishing it had been over sooner.)

    October 22, 2008

  • Wendy F.

    I enjoyed meeting everyone tonight, and frankly I wish we had longer to discuss both the presentations given by Steve and Flavio. I also wish we'd had more time to talk about the issues brought up vis a vis the spider and the starfish type of operation. I wanted to hear a lot more from everyone else = and there just wasn't time. As newcomers to this area, it was a valuable experience for me and my husband, and much appreciated. Thanks!

    October 21, 2008

  • Wendy F.

    I'm sorry they're only getting together once a month at present. I'd prefer at least twice a month, and this was our first meeting. It was stimulating and inspiring. I'd like to get to know these people better.

    October 21, 2008

  • Wendy F.

    I'm new to the area. Is this group meeting AS Christians in order to share life with each other, or mainly brainstorming ways to do that in lieu of the organized church? Or is it so new that you're still working that aspect out?

    Wendy

    October 9, 2008

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