Things we say: "Living Stone is an Everyday Church"
How long will it take you to become a recognized expert with deep familiarity in something you do? Malcolm Gladwell makes the argument that the truly exceptional individuals, the Outliers, in any setting racked up approximately 10,000 hours of practice along the path to greatness. Bill Gates, as a child had more access to one of the first computers available in the state of Washington than any engineer or professor at the time. The Beatles performed over 1200 shows in a 2 year period in Hamburg on their way to solidifying their iconic sound and energy. The point becomes clear; expert familiarity with any endeavor comes through time.
So let's ask another question. What does that principle mean for the church?
If church is a one hour per week activity for you, how long will it take you to become a recognized leader with deep familiarity with God? Just a shade under 200 years.
If your church life is defined by one hour at a service and one hour with a small group, you will reach 10,000 hours in about a hundred years.
You get the point. If you want to experience a deep and fulfilling relationship with God which results in deep in and meaningful change, you have to make a shift in your approach to church.
Maturity comes when you stop going to church on Sunday in order to be the church every day.
At Living Stone, we believe that when you begin following Jesus, God adopts you into his family. You have a new name. A new identity. Not a new Sunday morning routine. Everyday should look different because you are the church.
The church is called to serve those who are hurting or marginalized. That is your job, because you are the church.
The church is called to share the gospel, making disciples. That is your job, because you are the church.
The church is called to be known for her love. That is your job, because you are the church.
We believe the world is dying because the church has become a Sunday hobby rather than an all encompassing identity. We want to help people learn what means to live life as the church, the way God has re-created them to live.
Living Stone wants to be a church everyday, not just Sundays.