What is the Minimalist Church?
Recently we put out an announcement that we will be starting a community type ministry that God has laid on our hearts. This ministry will be an addition to Splendidly Simple, as it will be an active way that we can live out our lifestyle of downsizing and minimalism in a spiritual way. A way that builds up Christ followers and help us all to not just talk about living a meaningful life, but to actually do it.
In this article we’ll talk about what Minimalism and the Church is, and how they both fit together. We’ll also talk about who we are as the Minimalist Church, our Mission Statement, and our future Goals.
Getting out the Message
As Reid and I have been going through our journey of downsizing and really digging into what true Minimalism is, God has continued to lay a burden on our hearts about reaching people with this message and what the best way is to get it out to as many people as we can. Even though we know it will not be for everyone, I think when you’ve discovered a truth in life, implemented it, and see great results, keeping that to yourself doesn’t really make sense.
Breaking it down
What is Minimalism?
The first thing that people usually ask is what is Minimalism? The number one thing to know about Minimalism is that it can, and more than likely will, look different for each individual and family unit.
“Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives. By clearing the clutter from life’s path, we can all make room for the most important aspects of life: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution. Minimalism is a tool that can help you find real freedom. Minimalism allows people to pursue purpose driven lives. It is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important – so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom. Although Minimalism is not easy, it is not a strict code or arbitrary set of rules”. The Minimalists
“Minimalism is a way to escape the excesses of the world around us — the excesses of consumerism, material possessions, clutter, having too much to do, too much debt, too many distractions, too much noise. But too little meaning. Minimalism is a way of eschewing the non-essential in order to focus on what’s truly important, what gives our lives meaning, what gives us joy and value”.
I love Leo Babauta’s definition of Minimalism. Most people immediately think of material possessions when talking about this subject, and although that is a part, we often forget to think about the excess of overcommitting to things and people, allowing too much noise in our life whether it be through media, technology, or busyness, and letting things such as work, school activities, and taking care of daily chores dominate our precious time.
What is the “Church”?
In these modern days, we’ve gotten so accustomed to Church being a building, a denomination, or simply the familiar place you faithfully attend on a certain day of the week to worship. While that is accurate and we definitely have a local church we attend weekly, what we’re talking about here is something broader.
“The word "Church" as rendered in the New Testament comes from the Greek term ekklesia which is formed from two Greek words meaning "an assembly" and "to call out" or "called out ones." In summary, the New Testament church is a body of believers who have been called out from the world by God to live as his people under the authority of Jesus Christ”
(Ephesians 1:22-23). Mary Fairchild
Who We Are
When inter-marrying these two, we become The Minimalist Church. A called out group of Christ followers who have a passion for clearing out excess and non-essentials to make way for their passion of knowing and following Christ, and ministering in genuine, honest community with one another. We strive to clear out the excess that sometimes tends to slip it's way into the church, and model ourselves after Acts 2: 38 - 47.
Educating Christians on Biblical Minimalism and inspiring them to live in true community with one another in order to change the world around them.
The way we do this:
Gather in basic Christian community, devoting ourselves to fellowship, prayer, growing in God’s Word, and truly knowing one another and meeting each other’s needs
Apply practical, Biblical Minimalistic principles in our daily lives, learning, communities, and outreaches
Be a diverse Christian community from various walks of life, all coming together in one belief and purpose
Bring the message of Christian community and Minimalism to our local churches in the form of testimony, resources, Biblical studies, and community reach out events
Be open and welcoming to those interested in the Christian faith or Minimalism journey, and add to our communities daily those who are being saved (Acts 2: 47)
All Scripture is divinely inspired and serves as the final authority in all matters of belief and behavior (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
Prayer is powerful and essential in the life of a Christian and in Christian community (James 5:16 & 1:5,6; 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18)
Salvation is only by God's grace through Jesus Christ, and he longs for every single person to claim it (Ephesians 2:8-9; 2 Peter 3:9)
God calls Christians to love Him and Others, not the world (Matthew 22: 36-40; 1 John 2:15-16)
We are to have transformed lives, and teach others to do the same (Matthew 28: 18-20 & 5:14-16; 2 Timothy 2:2)
We are to have a mission beyond ourselves and our community (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; James 1:27; John 3:17)
We are to Give (1 Peter 4:10; Luke 6:38 & 12:33)
Our present and future goals include:
Join in Christian community and meet regularly - We meet every other week on Saturday from
3 - 6pm in Tampa, FL
Go mobile – Once our camper renovation is complete, we will pull it up to local outreach events and churches as a mobile shop and resource center. Our purpose is to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world who desperately needs him. We also exist to build up the body of Christ, meeting needs wherever they present themselves.
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As you can hopefully tell we have put a lot of prayer, thought and time into this and we are so excited to ramp up. Now that the monsoon rain season and hectic holidays are over, we will pick back up work on our camper and launch our small community groups this Saturday, March 5th. If you live in the Tampa Bay area and are interested in joining us, send us a message here!
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Reid + Wendy