What is an organic community?
Organic community is simply one in which one’s standing and influence are correlated with their gifts and evidence of divine calling: teachers hold to positions of teaching because they are able to teach, business leaders are such due to business acumen, etc. The Biblical prescription for life is organic.
Ephesians 4 teaches us that Christians are each members of one body that are organically joined together. This body grows up into maturity as each part does its work. First Corinthians 12 echoes this same motif.The church is an organism, not an institution. The agricultural motifs used in the New Testament of Christians as kernels of grain that bear fruit and reproduce reflect God’s purpose for the Church: god wants each of us to fulfill our appointed have abundant life fulfilling his purpose. He did not envision us being spectators of cogs in a machine.
The chief obstacle to genuine community, spiritual life and revival
This is contrasted with institutional community where leadership positions exist because someone is installed by a fiat expression of authority. Under institutional community one might be subject to teachers who can’t teach, corporate leaders with no business skills, politicians who can’t administer justice, and pastors who are wholly unqualified to minister to the spiritual needs of the flock. These do not owe their position in the community to their service or function in the community but by arbitrary appointment by those who power is backed by the police power of the community.
Because power in an institutional community is based on appointment by a superior power, one’s skills and qualification matter less than one’s ability to have positive social standing before the superior power, political maneuvering gains an increasingly higher profile. The ability to “play the harlot” before power and privilege becomes the predominant skill. In such an environment the focus is more on acquiring the power and the platform than on using one’s gifting in the way God called. The relentless pursuit of power through political and spiritual harlotry results in the concentration of power which then breeds more harlotry and increasing institutionalization of all of life. This institutionalization results in people shifting their identities from the organic relationship to virtual relations with institutional constructs in an increasingly monolithic institutional world system that leaves no room for the organic spiritual life of God or any truth that does not fit the party line.In such a world most people are just cogs in a machine.
How ChristianNetGuide can facilitate renewed organic life and great awakening
ChristianNetGuide can use the same organic network model that allows the expression of spiritual gifts to also allow the expression of material gifts. ChristianNetGuide has a business directory that allows believers to connect with businesses run by fellow believers that minister to every human need. ChristianNetGuide has has the ability to facilitate Organic small group networking within the body of Christ.
The types of people We serve best
here are four types of people that ChristianNetGuide serves. One group are those actively involved or seeking in an organic church or house church plant:
The second group are those who are in a traditional church that seeks to transition into an organic or house church format.
The third group are those in a traditional environment who seek to integrate organic life into more traditional structures. An example of this is introducing organic life into a small group nominally affiliated with a more structured church. This was how I got introduced to the concepts of organic life.
The fourth group are those who wish to introduce the principles of organic life into a traditional church’s small group ministry to make it more resistant to persecution.