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Changing the Conversation about Holiness

Jess Connolly on calling, co-leading a church, and challenging people to be more in awe of God
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Sundays are a mix of us using our gifts. Most times, Nick is preaching and I do our response time (we also are co-teaching, when needed, when appropriate). At the end, I kind of perceive, What are people not hearing? What do they need to be reiterated? What do they need to be reminded of? Do we need to sing that third song again just to really take it seriously? Do we need to call people to prayer?

I totally do it on the spot. It’s one of those things about church that I don’t feel like we lean into much because it’s hard to not plan that part, to not schedule it. It’s hard to leave a little of faith. I understand churches are under time constraints, but it’s one of those things that I think if we step back we’d say, “Oh, it does feel like the church should function like this.” We should be able to pause and ask, “What’s happening here? How are people hearing this? Are they hearing it?” Sometimes it really helps to have someone who isn’t preaching or teaching say: “Sitting here in the audience, I can feel how this feels. I can hear the thing that didn’t get said.” So I love that we are able to do that.

I noticed several times on your church website that you use the language of “owners.” Can you tell me a little bit about that?

I guess we’re just such millennials. The strength of millennials is that they think they can do it a new way. That’s a thing for us. So we said, “Membership, what is that? Where do we see that in the Bible? What does that look like? What did it look like in the early church? Does it solidify our commitment to the church?” I think what a lot of church plants will tell you is that in these first few years there is so much emphasis on wanting to know if people are for you or not, so we had to really watch that in our hearts.

October24, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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