Some say it's lonely at the top...and I'll have to take their word for it because I've never been there!
But there's other places that can feel lonely, too. In relationships. In spiritual deserts. In taking up one's cross.
Being part of an organic church expression can feel lonely, too. In fact, in an effort to alleviate the "loneliness," I've seen organic church expressions (gathered) take upwards of an hour to reassure themselves that what they're doing is okay.
Well, let me assure you, it's not just okay, it's more than okay! Those that say it's lonely at the top also say this: so you'd better know why you're there!
When seeds of doubt get lodged into the crevices of your soul, I'd encourage you to remind both yourself, and those around you, of the basics. At the most basic level, we, the church of Jesus Christ, are privileged to be part of the most powerful and important work the world has ever known: the redemption of a rebellious world.
And how is it, exactly, that we participate in this powerful and important work? Here's how: We allow every cell of our body to conform to the image of Christ. Said another way, we need to be infused with the right DNA: D
ivine truth, N
urturing relationship, and A
postolic mission (for more on the importance of a right DNA, read Neil Cole's book Organic Church
So, the next time you get put into the "weird" category, know this: you are! Remember, the kingdom of God is an upside-down kingdom. Backwards. Not of this world. Different. Even alien. And, for the record, it's okay. Better still, you're not alone (Mt 28:20).