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Being a church is much more than having an official piece of paper.

February 23, 2011

Yesterday was an historic day for Converge Church. We received our papers from the government officially approving us as a registered Society in BC according to the Society Act of Canada. This is one of the ways we submit to the law of the land in which we live. I posted this photo on Facebook & Twitter & was thankful to receive some congratulatory responses.

Historically, and in other parts of the world today, the church hasn’t always been able to submit to the laws of the land in this way because it would place them in direct disobedience to Scripture, or put them in immediate danger, but thankfully today in Canada we can.

Which brings up an important point: a piece of paper from the government is not actually what makes us a church.

The church is the people of God gathered and scattered in natural rhythms of life inviting others into this loving family of servants while sharing & displaying the Gospel to everyone around them (people who believe it already and people who are being exposed to it).

Bottom line is that I wanted set straight that being a church is much more than having an official piece of paper.

Question for you: What do you think it means for a church to have the necessary papers from the government, but have little to no conformity of the definition I hold to?

PS – I’d love to thank Moriah McLeod-Shaw at Tee’s Kiddle Spencer (a Law Firm in Campbell River) for helping us to get on our feet with this at no cost at all–a gift. Great people there helping non-profits to build community in Campbell River.

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  1. February 23, 2011 11:43 am

    The church is a covenant people brought together by the Gospel, irregardless of whether they have government approval or recognition. For people without the former, but the latter, they’re nothing more than a society or club. Only a true church has a crucified Savior on a cross as her center.

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