Anywhere & Everywhere :: Guest Blog :: Courtney Hall Lee

This week, Reactivate is on the move. We are reminding ourselves of a guiding principle, that "church can happen anywhere." So this week we will have corporate worship at Erik and Emma's house, a couple miles up the road, in Huntersville, NC. As a new church start, we are reimagining what it would look like for a church to gain mobility and become a movement. Read Courtney's personal thoughts below and engage in the comment section.

- Jesse

Church can happen anywhere.

I have an old friend who has never been very religious.  She has also lived a bit of a wild life.  Every time someone in her family has a baptism or a wedding, she jokes that when she steps into a church that she will probably get struck by lightning.

Her joke used to bother me because I wanted her to understand that God isn't waiting to wallop party girls on the head the first chance he gets.  But now I also know that there was a second problem with her line of thinking: the idea that God is confined within the walls of a church.  Was the only reason he couldn't get access to her to enact his vengeance because she stayed away from churches?

I believe, like most Christians, that God is everywhere.  He doesn't need a steeple to show up.  But I do think that God is pleased when we get together in his name to worship and build community.

My husband and I once had church at dawn beside a canyon in Hawaii.  I've had church with my little girl tucked into her bed at night.  Heck, I even have church on Twitter sometimes.  Maybe this attitude is why I was immediately ok with the idea of going to a church plant in a house in my neighborhood.  It just makes sense to me.

I know that to many people, the idea of visiting with and worshipping with strangers in their living room may seem awkward.  Those large church buildings give us places to hide.  There is no back pew in a living room!

I'm an introvert, so I get it.  I do.

If you are happy in a church that meets in a traditional space, that is a good thing.  But my prayer for everyone is that just like they know that God can see us everywhere, they know that church can happen anywhere.  Maybe even your living room.  How convenient is that?

This Sunday we are going to visit with some great people from Reactivate Church in their living room.  I've never been to their house, but I hear there is a church there.

It is my prayer for you that you get to have church someplace unexpected soon.

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