40 Trends To New Wineskins


  1. From meeting centered to life centered (Jesus’ example, spontaneous, daily, unplanned).
  2. From Christianity to Christ (Not a philosophy, a movement, or a religion, but Jesus).
  3. From church houses to house churches (Simplify to multiply).
  4. From upward growth to outward growth.
  5. From pastor only to five-fold ministries (We need all the gifts God gave to church).
  6. From special priesthood to priesthood of all believers (called to sacrifice & interceded).
  7. From super organization to simple organism (but the opposite of hierarchy is anarchy).
  8. From worshipping our worship to worshipping Jesus (Worship is more than singing songs).
  9. From bringing people to church to bringing church to people (the prayer than ignites).
  10. From symbolism to substance in the Lord’s Supper (Take it often).
  11. From denominations to Spirit led networks (Associations of Home Churches).
  12. From special respectability to SALT and LIGHT (They turned the world upside down).
  13. From performance by professionals to “everyone of you” (1 Corinthians 14:26).
  14. From program-based church to home based church (Liturgical, Evangelical, Informal).
  15. From the seminary system to the apprentice system (School at Tyrannus, Ephesus, Acts 19:8-12).
  16. From tenth to total in New Testament given (Generosity with a promise).
  17. From selective submission to spiritual recognition (submit to God ordained authority).
  18. From titles to function (“Call no man…”
  19. From independence to inter-dependence (Get connect in the city-wide or regional church).
  20. From paper membership to Body membership (We are members of one another).
  21. From the wheel to the vine (releasing teams to plant simple churches in homes).
  22. From organizational unity to spiritual unity (There is one step to unity).
  23. From 7-11 OR Walmart to 7-11 AND Walmart (Embrace all that God embraces).
  24. From “Us and them” to “Us” (Refuse to allow a divisive spirit to enter your fellowship).
  25. From planned-church only to spontaneous church also (Recognize ekklesia).
  26. From bondage to freedom for women (Acts 2:17-18, Galatians 3:26-28).
  27. From presbytery without the people to presbytery with the people (Acts 15:22).
  28. From arbitrary to Biblical guidelines for appointing elders (1 Timothy 3, Titus 1).
  29. From “my pastor” to “my pastors” (teachers, evangelists, apostles, prophets).
  30. From raising up leaders to appointing servants (The ground is flat in the Kingdom).
  31. From local vision to world vision ( the three pronged thrust of the church – here, near, there – Acts 1:8).
  32. From building my kingdom to building THE Kingdom (“Come and let us help you”).
  33. From wall-wide church to city-wide (regional church).
  34. From fear of stealing sheep to fear of possessing sheep (Acts 20:28-30).
  35. From building-centered pastors to people-centered pastors.
  36. From the word “church” to the word “ekklesia” (Acts 19:32-41).
  37. From restricted to unhindered fellowship (a member of every church in town).
  38. From overwhelming oversight to restful trust (leaders are to be like starter motors in a car…serves to ignite the engine of all the people).
  39. From lecture Bible study to interactive Bible discovery.
  40. From pyramid to level ground.

* Used with permission from http://www.robertfitts.com with some personal adaptation and rewording.

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About Sam Buick

A lover and disciple of Jesus Christ. Married to my best friend, Lori-Anne. Father to 3 incredible daughters, Carragh, Caitlin and Erinn, and sons-in-law Alex, and Stephen Davis. An avid reader, a Droid user, a Mac addict, a lover of footy ball and football (there is a difference), and hockey. Once a soldier. Once a youth worker. Once an ordained minister. Once a claims adjuster. Once a charismatic, now a cessationist. Once a just war advocate, now a pacifist. A disciple of Christ, 5 point classical Calvinist. There is only one way to God, and that is through Jesus Christ alone.
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