This list in it’s original unedited format is found in a blog post called Values of Organic Christianity.
The Kingdom of God
- Emphasis as Christians should be on building the kingdom, not a church, or even “The Church.”
- Allegiance within groups and networks is to the King, not to the leadership within those groups and networks.
- Ministry should be allowed to flow naturally, both during any gathering and in everyday life. It should not be viewed as an event that must be scheduled, but one that occurs as directed by the Holy Spirit.
- Ministry is the right and function of all believers, not of a select class or group and certainly not the exclusive function of the leadership.
Leadership and Accountability
- Leadership within each group of believers and across the wider networks should be recognized and based on character and their example rather than a title or office.
- The primary purpose of leadership is to promote the spiritual growth of each believer so that every believer’s ministry to others can be stronger and more effective.
- Leadership is fluid, overlapping and never exclusive.
- Accountability, pastoring, teaching and encouraging should happen naturally as a result of the relationships between believers, not because of a specific job description of those with the proper ministry “credentials.”
- Structure, organization and hierarchy needs to be limited to however much is needed to accomplish a specific task or mission and then be dissolved afterwards.
- Teaching should be facilitated in the context of discussion and dialogue. Dissent and disagreement should be allowed.
- Programs should be de-emphasized and replaced with a dependency on the “behind-the-scenes” working of the Holy Spirit through obedient believers.
- Programs that exist should be temporary for single or special events. Generic programs are less effective then specific ones.
[Take a food bank for example. Setting up a food bank does a number of things. It separates individuals from responsibility of getting their hands dirty actually helping flesh and blood. I drop off canned goods every other week and I can check off helping the hungry. If the food bank were to end, we could help real needs of real people as they come to us for aid. Leaders could then take the opportunity to lead by example by getting together shoulder to shoulder with a weaker brother and getting their hands dirty and meeting a real need. ]
- Quality rather than quantity should be used as a determination of success.
- Gatherings should be allowed to be preempted in favor of activities that satisfy Christian responsibilities to the poor and needy, both domestically and globally.
Finances and Giving
- Expenses of single-purpose buildings for use by the church should be foregone in favor of simpler gathering spots, such as homes, offices, restaurants or any places not requiring regular rent payments.
- Expenses to support staff for the purpose of ministry should be minimized in favor of volunteers and/or simpler programs.
- Believers should be encouraged to give of their time and monetary resources, both collectively and individually, to those activities advocated by Christ, such as meeting the needs of poor and persecuted believers and the weaker, needier members of society.
- Tithing is old covenant and should be foregone in favor of the new covenant sacrificial giving. Tithing is a necessary evil that re-arose as a result of the new covenant believers depending more and more on expensive structural facilities and structured programs rather then on the Holy Spirit.
Dissolution of Denominational Distinctives
- Belief in Christ as the Son of God should form the foundation for unity rather than mental conformity to a set of doctrines. Agreement and conformity should not be prerequisites for acceptance into a group or networks of believers.
“Truth is unkillable.” – Balthasar Hübmaier, a flaming heretic in 1528.