I always find it interesting when people ask me if we are connecting with a bigger church, or when people from nearby churches suggest we should just come and join them.
My response is increasingly ‘why don’t you come and join us?’ which only receives puzzled looks, as if to say ‘Why on earth would we do that?!…’ (exactly how I feel when asked that question)
Over a year ago we actually made a decision to connect with another church, but it was not at all to legitimise what we are doing or salve some conscience about the need to attend somewhere on Sunday.
The experiences I have only serve to remind me how strongly the christendom mindset is entrenched in us.
I know no-one means any ill will by these statements, but they do often annoy me because they continue to remind me that what we do is generally still seen as not ‘real’ church.