The CCL logo is a metaphor: Church outside the box. The word “Church” is literally…outside the box. (Clever, huh?) But don’t misunderstand: We’re not about being “outside the box” just for the sake of being different, novel or hip. “Outside the box” means two important things to us:
First — and least importantly — we’re not meeting in a church building. Buildings are fine and wonderful things. Maybe we’ll own a building again someday. But, buildings should serve the mission of the church. They should not define it. For now, our meetings are “outside the box” of a typical church building. We’re meeting in the perfect locations for a community that wants to genuinely be a family: homes. For more on this, see our post entitled Neighborhood Churches.
Second — and most importantly — we’re rethinking church. To be clear, we’re not rethinking the historical, orthodox Christian faith. We believe with all our hearts the gospel proclamation and teaching of the Apostolic faith. We’re thinking outside the box of the modern church paradigm. We’re re-examining very closely the methods and forms and patterns and model of the early church to determine how they actually continued the work of Christ and did Great Commission work. We’re asking, “How did they expand in such a hostile culture? How did they establish thriving churches with such simple methods? How did they raise up so many leaders without Bible colleges and seminaries?” We’re looking past the blinders of man-made traditions and even our own personal preferences to seek to discover the ministry methods that can best be labeled “the way of Christ and His Apostles.”
And we’re not the only ones. Since we began this journey, we’ve met many, many true followers of Christ who recognize that the church in America is in serious decline and the time is ripe to recalibrate ourselves with the early church — to think outside the box of the modern church paradigm.
Want to think “outside the box” with us? Contact us right now to get in on the conversation and adventure.