Our Spiritual Journey

Much of this information has been written by and comes from Stephen and to a lesser from Emmy, who is still to a larger degree somewhat a traditional Christian. This website has been written by Stephen and most describes his own spiritual awareness and journey.
  1. 9 Jan 2015
    J. Haberlin, Beyond Church-As-Usual: A Non-Program Approach to Growing Missional Congregations, 2007. [Online]. Available: http://www.pfrenewal.org/missionally-minded/288-a-non-program-approach-to-growing-missional-congregations.
  2. 9 Jan 2015

    No more church as usual

    Submitted by Stephen Winters
    G. Shenk and Shenk, S., No more church as usual, 2008. [Online]. Available: https://themennonite.org/feature/church-usual/.

    No more church as usual

    8.19. 2008

    A different way of doing church

    A colleague walked into Sara’s office one day at the seminary and talked about how going to church was causing him to lose his faith. “So much of church is deadly,” he said.

    That’s what we’re hearing from more and more students who come to seminary. They love the church but want to find ways to do and be church “outside the box.”

  3. 4 Jan 2015

    No Sermons Here

    Submitted by Stephen Winters
    , No Sermons Here, 2013. [Online]. Available: http://notesfromthebridge.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/no-sermons-here.

    No Sermons Here

    January 14, 2013

    Greetings,

    “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord…….”  Isaiah 1: 18

    Did you know that the word “sermon” is NEVER used in the whole bible.  Well, at least not in the actual text.  When men later added descriptions and titles to certain passages somehow the word “sermon” was used about the times Jesus shared on the mount.  However, it was NOT a sermon being presented to the crowd.  It was actually a long conversation or dialogue.  

  4. 3 Jan 2015
    W. Jacobsen, Why I Don't Go To Church Anymore: Living in the Relational Church - Part 6, 2001. [Online]. Available: http://www.lifestream.org/sites/default/files/bodylife_why_i_dont_go_to_church_anymore_living_in_the_relational_church_part_6_0.pdf.

    See pdf attachment

  5. 2 Jan 2015

    Restoring the Relational Church (part 1)

    Submitted by Stephen Winters
    M. Mack, Restoring the Relational Church (part 1), 2009. [Online]. Available: http://www.smallgroups.com/articles/2009/restoring-relational-church-part-1.html?paging=off.

    Restoring the Relational Church (part 1)

    How church leaders can move from "meeting" in community to "living" in community.

    Click here for Part Two of this article.

    It all started in 313 A.D.

  6. 31 Dec 2014
    J. Brumley, You’ve met the ‘nones.’ Now meet the ‘dones.’, 2014. [Online]. Available: http://baptistnews.com/culture/item/29535-new-term-recognizes-christians-who-are-simply-done-with-church.

    An over-concentration on worship services is one turn-off for the ‘dones,’ experts say. (Creative Commons photo by James Emery)
    An over-concentration on worship services is one turn-off for the ‘dones,’ experts say. (Creative Commons photo by James Emery)

  7. 31 Dec 2014

    On Leaving Church

    Submitted by Stephen Winters
    B. Muehlenberg, On Leaving Church, 2014. [Online]. Available: http://billmuehlenberg.com/2014/12/26/on-leaving-church/.

    On Leaving Church

    There are many Christians who have stopped going to church. They have not given up on God, have not renounced their faith, have not denied Christ, and have not become pagans. They simply are no longer going to church. That this is happening is not a matter of doubt, but why this is happening is in fact a difficult question to answer.

  8. 31 Dec 2014

    The “Done with Church” Movement

    Submitted by Stephen Winters
    G. Rogers Clark, The “Done with Church” Movement, 2014. [Online]. Available: http://www.dailytea.us/commentary/the-done-with-church-movement.

    The “Done with Church” Movement

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    Commentary by George Rogers Clark

    Please allow me to ask a personal, but rhetorical question. You do not have to email your answer to me. However, I would be happy to hear from you. 

    Are you a Christian who no longer attends church meetings in a formal church setting? 

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