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Maverick Movement

Being and doing church

by Theodore Wright

 

 
Maverick Christians are not as much about starting church nor about going to church as about being and doing church,

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. – Matthew 18:20 (KJV)

 

When Christians gather in Jesus’ name, this is church, despite location or institutional recognitions.  Wherever we gather, we freely minister to others and to one another as Christ’s church, which is His body.  We function in an organic and relational model of church, not an institutional one.

 

Leadership amongst us is by example, not by lordship.

The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: – 1 Peter 5:1 (KJV)

Elders are among us, not over us.  Such are recognized for what they do.  It is not about rank or position.  We may tend to shun titles since we are equal as brethren.

But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. – Matthew 23:8-11 (KJV)

 

As a result, we may not even embrase the term “Maverick Christians”.  The word “Maverick” has been what we have been called at times by those who do not approve of us.  Even the term “Christian”, which was first used in Antioch, was probably an expression of mockery toward believers in Jesus to refer to them as “little Christs”.  Since the word Christian has been accepted by believers in Jesus, this ministry likewise finds the reference to us as “Maverick Christians” as acceptable.

 

Maverick Christians believe in being rooted in fellowship.  As a result, in addition to our own fellowship gatherings, we may choose to visit or attend other fellowships that may yet be with the institutional model of church.  Although we find organization to be death within the organic-relational model of church, we as Maverick Christians do love the body of Christ universally because we love Christ Himself.

 


We are a blessing to organized local churches, although our commitment is focused on relationships with people organically, instead of the church organization itself.  This is rather than sharing an inordinate affection for man-made institutions which have inaccurately been referred to as church. 
 

When Jesus Christ returns for His Church, He comes back for those believing in Him.  He will leave the institutions and denominations behind.

 

 

 

 

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