Sunday, March 08, 2009

Megachurch and Monastery

The Church of the Open Door is a megachurch in Minnesota with some 3,000 people attending weekly. In recent years they've discovered that facets of monasticism are making a great difference to the way the church functions, and the way in which members of the congregation view their lives as Christians.

At the end of his article, Keith Meyer details a number of ways in which the core members of the church function together. The first of these is:

Living in Jesus.
We will have regular habits of "being with Jesus" for transformation into Trinitarian life.
-Slowing our lives down together to eliminate hurry.
-Paying attention to God together, all of the time.
-Confessing our sins to one another in safe groups.
-Memorizing and meditating together on longer, transformative passages of scripture.
-Interceding for each other, our community, and our world in prayer together.
-Mentoring and being mentored across generational, ethnic, class, and gender lines.

What is also interesting in the article is that the way in which members have acted out some of these spiritual disciplines has caused other members to react against them.


Mr Dennis said...

The Church of the Open Door is also a little church in Te Pirita, central Canterbury. It's open the whole time on a major corner out in the middle of the country, and we get people from all over the world signing the visitors book.

The Church of the Open Door in the USA inspired this one here. Have a visit next time you're driving through!

Mike Crowl said...

Thanks for letting me know about this. I had to look up Te Pirita, as it wasn't a place I was familiar with at all...

What's the denominational background of the church?