Outcast Systems

What church systems are creating your outcasts?

In Mark 5:25-34 we learn of an outcast placed there by the purity laws of her time (Lev 15:25-30). With an ailment of excessive and frequent bleeding, her ceremonially unclean condition continually prevented her from being a member of her community.

Only through her own initiative and “sneaking around the system” was she able to reach out and touch the healing power of Christ.

Obviously we all can create obstacles for people thinking they have to “clean up” before entering into our church communities. However, there are church systems that can create similar hinderances in touching Christ.

The non-strategic church with its programmatic complexities, burdensome bureaucracy, unintentional committee meetings, scattered decision-making processes, and communication meltdowns all contribute to the failing flow of its people towards deeper discipleship processes and experiencing Christ’s healing power.

May we never think the discussions on organizational models and systems are strictly institutional or only for secular management. If done appropriately, it can be some of the most spiritual practices of the church, fostering results where one hears, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering” (Mark 5:34).


~ by Dave Smith on February 18, 2009.

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