When my dear friend Amy designed the Bloom logo, she did it purposefully. But I don’t think any of us knew the extent of its truth when it was unveiled to the world three years ago.
It’s a dandelion. Gone to seed. And we all know what happens when dandelion seeds blow away…they spread like wildfire. They take over everything. They have the potential to create fields of gold.
Last week at Bloom, we announced a change in the way church happens…with the sole purpose of spreading love, acceptance, freedom and grace through Jesus across Minneapolis and St. Paul…across the United States…and maybe even around the world…just like those dandelion seeds. (In short, we’re transitioning Bloom into a network of small, organic churches…and in St. Paul, since a strong community already exists, our organic churches will be augmented with a twice-monthly gathering of all of the churches, similar to what we currently do; if you want the details listen to the podcast here.)
We’re committed to helping people get back to the heart of what church really is – fellowship, life, food, and prayer – and we know that can happen in bars, in restaurants, in coffee shops, in parks, and in homes. Environments that are part of everyday life. Environments where relationships are developed and deepen. Environments that are safe…open and accepting to all. Environments that create opportunities for people to realize they’re loved and valuable. Environments that create opportunities for people to experience the grace of God.
The most touching moments that Jesus had with people were shared outside of the Temple.
Western culture has defined church as a place we go.
But the Bible defines the church as a people.
Western culture has defined church as an event.
But the Bible defines the church as a community.
Western culture has taught people to look at the church for what it offers to themselves.
But the Bible has taught us that the real gift in being the church is doing unto others.
Much of Western Christianity is focused upon getting people to come to them.
But Jesus asks his followers to go out into the world.
I don’t care if someone ever walks through the doors of a church…I just want them to experience true love and grace…true love and grace is divine…even when we don’t realize it…and it changes people. We don’t have to preach, we only need to love and trust God to show them the rest.
We don’t need pastors, stained glass, laser-light shows, or pamphlets filled with scare-tactics to show people Jesus…we only need each other…realizing we’re forgiven, and showing each other we’re loved.