Using This Blog as a Resource

More and more I hear from people wanting information on house churches. It seems that even though these house churches are cropping up all over the place, few of us (including me most of the time) have much of an idea what to do with them.  What that has lead to in the body of Christ around the nation is the raising up of anyone with an experience in this lifestyle to a place of leadership.  This is understandable and probably healthy for the vitality of the house church movement.

What that has lead to for me personally, however, is a couple of people (literally maybe two, so it’s no big deal) have been trying to track me down because of my involvement with house churches.  My temptation has been to turn this blog, which I love so much, into a house church forum or some sort of billboard for my ministry or something crazy like that.  But the longer I contemplate that change the more and more it rubs against everything I want to be.

The funny thing is, house churches are all about what is organic and inspired by the Lord.  And I love them as a format to advance the Kingdom of Heaven and build God’s family here on Earth.  In fact, I love talking about them and God has called me to both build spiritual families this way and call others to this type of lifestyle.  But when we begin to set empires around them and promote ourselves, we miss exactly the point of what they are.  House churches are about relationships and what God can do with simple people following Him.  We need fewer gurus and more apostolic fathers, building Jesus’ kingdom from the ground up.

So if you’re interested in chatting about house churches, get a hold of me.  I’ll probably teach about house churches either here or at “Jesus, The Church, and the Coming Kingdom” at some point.  As a general rule, however, I want to resist using this blog as a resource.  This is about my journey pursuing Jesus by becoming me and not about me developing a ministry. For that very reason, most of what I discuss here about house churches will fall under “House Church Chronicles,” because I want people to connect with more than the information.  I want them to connect with the real people and the real lives that it took to discover any truth we find.

Forgive me for ranting a little…I’m resisting a lot of internal and external pressure that I’m feeling to be certain things.  You can now carry on with your regular reading….

Travis

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About traviskolder

Travis Kolder is a follower of Jesus, a husband, a father of five, an organic church planter, and a writer. He lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he serves as part of the Cedar Rapids House Church Network.

4 responses to “Using This Blog as a Resource”

  1. Sasquatch says :

    NNNUUUUU!!! This blog is meant to be a more funnerish spot, you can use the other one for the teaching spot,I thinks.

  2. sean says :

    Travis,

    This is one of the best posts I’ve read by anyone, anywhere. I love this heart, and it’s this mentality, that I think is really kingdom thinking. I’ll have to read it again and let it sink in, but this is inspiring to me

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