"Creatures and their Diets" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward
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Some might say that the church isn't a creature, but the Bride of Christ or something. Yes it is a creature in that it is a creation. Also, some might claim that the church feeds on the word of God. Does it? If you took the bible away from a church, would it survive? Yes, just like churches have in countries that ban the bible. If you took money away from a church, would it survive? You and I both know many wouldn't.
The Vineyard church I pastored from 1996 to when I left the ministry and the church in 2010 has closed. It is no more. It's already closed its doors and sold the property.
It's not just the closing of a chapter for me, but the closing of a book.
My most intense spiritual growth occurred there. We had wonderful times there as well as incredibly tough times. I learned a lot about how to facilitate community. I also learned, in 2010, that I and that church were no longer compatible. At least in that form.
Basically they couldn't afford to go on. There are other reasons, but this was the final clincher.
I'm sad about it.
But I still have a lively and incredibly supportive community called The Lasting Supper. Would you join us