: Transitioning church…"
Maybridge Community Church has taken the step to ensure that it offers some alternative choice to being Church in this local context and therefore operates a multi-congregational approach, holding and valuing three very diverse congregations as expressions of church.
THIRD is the newest of these 'congregations' that has emerged and originally began as a small group of eight people in September 2002 who were released from the traditions and constraints of the current church services and leadership structures to explore a new and vibrant way of being church in a post-Christian, post-modern culture.
From it's very conception
THIRD was formed as an indigenous expression of church and has not been
following any road maps or proven formulas. This was, and continues to
be a pioneering adventure and journey in the life of our transitioning
We are a group of people seeking to find an example of church that is authentic to both our present culture and 2000 years of church history. A group exploring how to live lives of integrity informed by Christian faith. A group journeying together and trying to find meaning in our lives with an openness to dialogue and have conversations about faith and spirituality. A group looking to find new and creative ways to worship God honestly and freely. A group trying to provide a place of sacred space that is an accessible source for all who are searching for the spiritual in their lives. But most importantly a group longing to actively live out a Christ-centered spirituality.
we got here...
THIRD isn't just about how church looks. It's about how church feels. If we just wanted our expression of church to look different to others then we'd just opt for one of the other congregations on offer in the church we are a part of in true consumer style. THIRD is about finding a depth, an authenticity and a resonance within the context of meaningful community.
The group began to gather as THIRD for weekly small group gatherings and monthly alternative worship services but refused to insist on a definition or label of what THIRD was and therefore place a defining boundary around it. Instead the purpose of the group was to allow what individuals were passionate about to develop freely, releasing them to be the creative people of God - as an organic approach to growing church from the lives of the people who had gathered there.
The origins of THIRD were to simply release a group of people from the constraints of the church in order to help them remain a part of it and express church in their own cultures.
in the church...
THIRD is one of three equal congregations/communities in the church and shares in the common values, vision and leadership at the church. THIRD has not been an experiment to negotiate the space to develop a new expression of Church; it has been a journey to negotiate how to share in the direction of the church alongside other traditions, expressions and cultures.
Lessons we have learnt...