The People Formerly Known as the Congregation

A 2007 blog post from Bill Kinnon impacts one homeschooling mother who brings it back to life for the St Louis Post-Dispatch in a post entitled Giving Thanks for the Emerging Church. This quote from Bill’s post, called The People Formerly Known as The Congregation, struck me as being powerful.

“We grew weary from your Edifice Complex pathologies – building projects more important than the people in your neighbourhood…or in your pews. It wasn’t God telling you to “enlarge the place of your tent” – it was your ego. And, by the way, a multi-million dollar, state of the art building is hardly a tent.”


Andrew Jones has been blogging since 1997. He is based in San Francisco with his two daughters but also travels the globe to find compelling stories of early stage entrepreneurs changing their world. Sometimes he talks in the third person. Sometimes he even talks to himself and has been heard uttering the name "Precious" :-)


  • That is great, thanks for sharing that. I love the last bit about the huge mega buildings not being a tent. Absolutely! I shall continue to try and persuade our local congregation that they do not need a building and if we get too big for the hall we meet in then divide down.
    I don’t know what it is about your site or my internet access that stops me posting. Let’s see if on the fifth attempt and a change in browser gets it to work.

  • That post definitely has a life of its own. It showed up in a couple of Canadian newspapers a couple of months ago quoting me and Jamie Arpin-Ricci.
    I don’t think I’m “quite” as angry as I was then – at least not angry about exactly the same things, that is. 🙂
    Come north when you’re back in North America. Toronto needs a Jones family visit! And you can stay with the Kinnons for as long as you’d like.

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