Organic Church

Together with his wife Mary, author and speaker Milt Rodriguez has been involved with a number churches and ministries from the Jesus People, to the charismatic movement, denominational, non-denominational, pentecostal, fundamental, and evangelical movements and churches.

For the last couple of decades Milt and Mary have been working in what some people call the “house church movement”.

In 1990 they moved to Northern California and started a few “house churches”. These are groups where all the believers are encouraged and taught to function as the Body of Christ in the gatherings. The meetings are very informal and casual and anyone and everyone can share what the Lord has been teaching them.

We are experiencing a steady decline in traditional church attendance.

Christians are “church-hopping”, hoping to find the reality of Christ’s headship and the vitality of Body Life. We are discovering His leadership and Body vitality in our living rooms as we gather to worship, encourage, and build each other up. Are we perfect? Are we always right? Of course not! But we are in process.

Together we are discovering freedom in Christ and a unity that supports a practical life of expressing Him.

Our fellowship extends beyond our gathering times and spills over into daily events. We are a community, not a weekly meeting.

He’s currently in Perth for Infusion 2012, a free conference at ECU Joondalup on Saturday the 6th of October.

Milt has written a number of books looking at organic churches and developing a deeper experience of Jesus Christ.

I recently had the opportunity to chat to Milt about organic churches and his passion to see small house churches develop around the world. I conducted a radio interview with him which you can hear by clicking the play button on the audio player at the bottom of this post.

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

The views he expresses here are his own.

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  • Thanks Rodney for a great interview with Milt. You asked the questions that helped clear the objections that many have to this world wide phenomenon called organic church. As someone who was a dedicated attendee of the organised church for 10 years I can vouch for the authenticity and the alternative that a house church that is genuinely organic can offer to those who are looking for more. Milts answers gave a fresh insight and helped to bring clarity to this misunderstood expression of the body of Christ. I am learning that if given the opportunity Jesus is more than capable of leading his people outside of the boundaries of organised religion. I would go as far to say that it is very much a part of his Eternal purpose for his bride.

  • Thanks for your comments, Colin.

    In most interviews I try to ask the questions that let my guests speak to any opposing views. I know that if anyone who is presenting a topic or point of view is serious about what they have to say, they’ll have the answers to any critics.

    Obviously, Milt well and truly knows his topic, not only in theory but through years of experience and practice.

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