July 16, 2017: The Dones

The Dones

Today we are talking about the Dones. Who are the Dones? Joshua Packard describes them as “people who are disillusioned with church. Though they were committed to the church for years—often as lay leaders—they no longer attend. Whether because they’re dissatisfied with the structure, social message, or politics of the institutional church, they’ve decided they are better off without organized religion.”

But we don’t stop there. We understand that many people have been called out of the institutional church. The question now is, what have they been called unto?

  • A calling out
    • Something is not right with how we “do church”
    • Preserving our faith – many had to leave in obedience
      • Detox
        1. A spiritual cleanse
        2. It’s not about being anti-IC
      • Wandering in the desert
        1. Past licking wounds
        2. Past throwing spears at the church
        3. Past cynicism and negativity
        4. Past shame/guilt for not seeing it before or being a part of the system for so long
        5. Stripping down to Christ alone
  • Toward Community
    • Moving out of the desert
      • Becoming desperate for the Lord
      • His will, not mine: asking Lord, “What do you want?”
      • Counting the cost
        1. This is not about your needs
        2. This will not meet your expectations
        3. This will not be impressive to the world
        4. Imperfect people / messy relationships
        5. Clearing your schedule
        6. Simplifying your life / freeing your resources
  • Intentional Community meeting under the Headship of Christ
    • Living in the wild/learning to rightly understand our instincts (lion analogy)
      • There has always been a testimony of the Lord (some of these examples started out as such but became something else):
        • Waldensians
        • Anabaptist
        • The Plymouth Brethren
          • Open Brethren
          • Exclusive Brethren
        • Little Flock
        • The Local Church
        1. Body Life
          • Knowing Christ together
          • Expressing Christ in Community
            1. Living out the True Identity
            2. Walking the way of the cross
            3. Bearing one another’s burdens
          • Virtual Community and Real Community
            1. True identities
            2. The Cross
            3. Bearing burdens
          • Keeping your schedule clear – doesn’t mean you can’t do anything but the church (ex: school and work)
          • Simplifying your life / freeing your resources
    • Being in the River of Life
      • Building up the Bride of Christ
      • Christ’s life together being built up into the House of the Lord

Resources:
Christ Alone: 5 Challenges Every Group Will Face by Jon Zens
Return to the Wild by Mary Rodriguez
The Torch and the Testimony by John Kennedy
The Secret of the Strength: What Would the Anabaptist Tell This Generation? by Peter Hoover
The Pilgrim Church by E.H. Broadbent
Against the Tide: The Story of Watchman Nee by Angus Kinnear
The Reformers and Their Stepchildren by Leonard Verduin
Revolution by George Barna
Pagan Christianity by Frank Viola and George Barna
Finding Organic Church by Frank Viola
From Eternity To Here by Frank Viola
Starting Organic Churches by Milt Rodriguez
The Organic Church by Milt Rodriguez
Unchurching by Richard Jacobson
Church Refugees by Josh Packard and Ashleigh Hope
A Church Every ½ Mile by Jon Zens
One by Henry Hon

Blogs
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1 thought on “July 16, 2017: The Dones”

  1. Thank you for speaking to those of us who have spouses who don’t have the same degree of interest as we do. This was the most encouraging one yet for me. Thank you so much!

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