Administrivia – Churches Almost Rediscovering Polis

<ed.note>It is interesting to me that movements whose rhetoric places a high premium on precedent ( in this case the "patterns" of the new testament ) can go so long without realizing that they are missing the most basic ones ( in this case the earliest churches use of ‘members in a polis’ { city/town/environs }, rather than ‘congregation’, as a way to describe their organizational nature ). The earliest churches might meet in several synagogues, house churches, meeting spaces like schools, etc., and were often referenced "geographically" rather than "edificially." Only later were some homes converted to "churches", and other buildings built. Folks who study the Pauline tradition see that while he was concerned with "the worship service" he was more often concerned with edification, whereas our concern today is gathering so that the pulpit minister can strong arm the congregation for a contribution for the latest building program. These fellas are apparently unaware of scheduled direct deposits. I’m waiting for churches to discover that the globally distributed free open source software development related tools and model likely would have been adopted by Paul if he were teaching today. Unfortunately, the "freer education pattern" doesn’t quite stack up with that other common church-related revenue collecitng mechanism – the church-sponsored school/college/univeristy. Coordinating outreach work at a mega-community level with leaner structures and greater tech savvy is a "pattern" which should be more widely considered.</ed.note>