Observations of an Organic Church Visited

My recent trip to Redlands, CA to visit Life Quest, a network of organic churches/ Christ followers was incredibly impactful. Christ’s church has many expressions. We may in fact argue which is a more biblical model than another. One thing that cannot be argued however is the fact that God desires those who will worship Him in Spirit and in truth. In my interaction with Life Quest, I have been exposed to a group intentionally seeking both. I was rocked by several things:

  • Jesus said, “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on street corners to be seen by men… But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to the Father, who is unseen” (Matt 6:5-6). This group has the ability to experience the ‘secret place’ with God, while standing on the street corner! Because, they do this not to be seen by men, but instead because of their radical love for the Father and for the people he is calling.

  • They minister out of their intimacy with God, which is tangible.

  • Mike Giordano is a very gifted leader and charismatic communicator of God’s Word; one who could very easily be comfortable with and one could even say, deserves the ‘spotlight’. Instead, he values the Body being what they were called to be and allows younger men and women to be used by God as he mentors them ‘off stage’.

  • There is not the great divide between ministers and lay people. There is not that distinction. Everyone is a minister!

  • They seek to prophesy over and encourage people regularly. Not just people that fellowship with them, much more so people in the community. They go on ‘treasure hunts,’ using clues given by the prompting of the Holy Spirit to lead them to whom God is already drawing. The treasure IS the people in whom they share the resurrection life of Christ with.

  • ‘Church’ is truly an organism, not an organization!

Posted by Shawn McCracken on July 27th and tagged Life Quest, Matthew 6:5-6, Mike Giordano, organic church, spirit and truth, treasure hunt