Three years ago this month, I wrote a post about experiencing church, stripped down. I included the hypothetical scenario of lights going out to suggest that what we as the church have without power is really the only “power” worth having. I’ve used this analogy many times since, including a brief presentation I made to an Internet/marketing class at a local college last week.
It was a pleasant surprise to learn that Jerry Hendrix, a pastor in Abilene, Texas, is in the middle of just such an experiment. “Crosspoint Fellowship is eschewing electricity, save for the children’s class, this February and devoting the money it saves to mission work. No heat, no lights, not even coffee,” says Scott Kirk, in his online report of the story.
I’m always encouraged to see church communities that are concerned more with church taking place rather than church just being a place.