The church for them
“I don’t know how I’m going to do it yet.”
Let’s start by saying that Pastor Shayne has been a youth pastor for 18 years. He is in no way, shape or form opposed to the Seventh-day Adventist Church or their beliefs therein.
It all began about a year ago, when God put a burden in his heart to reach the label-less, hip and independent millennials. You know, the young adults who don’t want to be institutionalized or put into a church building. After months of prayer and wrestling with giving up his dream job as youth pastor, Pastor Shayne decided he couldn’t help but do what God is calling him into.
There isn’t a step-by-step plan for how to reach this specific demographic. However, Pastor Shayne thinks of going down the route of house church, where one can find the principles of the early church Christians in the book of Acts like fellowship, community and “breaking bread.” In contrast to church today, house church is not an event. Whereas, church is a once-a-week, receive something, “thank you very much, see you next week” kind of event.
House church is a community of people who don’t want anything to do with traditional church but are seeking something ancient and relevant.
“I don’t want to be denominational,” says Paster Shayne. “I don’t want to say we’re non-denominational, but we’re un-denominational. I don’t want a label, because labels don’t work with the demographic we’re going to be working for. They’re not interested in labels. But we will still be, if you want to put a label, Adventist in beliefs and values. Hopefully, without some of the baggage. While there may be some Adventists involved, we’re not looking to cater to Adventism. We’re looking to be missionaries. ... It is exciting! But I don’t know how its going to look.”
Instead of coming to church and being preached to, house church will encourage those involved to experience God through the week and bring that experience to the conversation at the end of the week where they can get a more rounded, more full view of God. House church will dig deep into the word of God through the lens of the one another’s experiences. In doing so, the Holy Spirit pastors them.
Hearing this, I saw something different and exhilarating. Finally, Adventism isn’t existing for the sake of Adventism!
Now may you, life-long Adventist, break out of your own Adventist shell and be freed from your comfortability into active, radical spirituality.
Abner is a sophomore studying theology.