FAQ



WHAT ABOUT MY CHILDREN? HOW DO THEY FIT IN AND LEARN THE BIBLE?

This is one of the most frequent questions we are asked. The short answer is that children of all ages fit right into the center of everything! Younger children are encouraged to play in a nearby room, or even in the same room as the meeting. Because this is a family gathering, it is expected that kids will sometimes interrupt the flow of things or cause distractions.
It is our belief that it is primarily the responsibility of parents to raise their children up in the faith. By and large, parents have a far greater opportunity (and responsibility) than any youth leader to raise their children to know God.

For this reason, we strongly encourage parents to model healthy devotional practices and to expect their children to read their bible and pray daily. Additional resources and guidance will be provided to parents to help them become better acquainted with discipling their children.

Additionally, the children’s presence and participation in the weekly gatherings is very beneficial to all gathered as we strive to be the family of God. 

HOW IS WORSHIP DONE IN A SIMPLE GATHERING?

Each gathering may handle this a little bit differently. If a group has a gifted musician and worship leader present, then music might be used (some of the time) for worship.

Groups that do not have musically inclined leaders will take some time to pray out loud a prayer of adoration and praise. Remember: Worship is not about music; it is a condition of the heart and a posture of the mind. Other options such as playing a worship music video that someone felt moved to share as part of their contribution to the gathering.

At the periodic network gathering where all local groups meet, a more "typical" worship experience might be included. Groups who do use singing and music for worship should provide printed lyrics to the songs so that all can participate.


WHAT ABOUT TITHES AND OFFERINGS? HOW DOES THAT WORK?

A Simple Organic Christian Community is designed to enable believers to make the best use of the money that God has given them. Because the simple gatherings meet in homes and have no paid leaders, we do not have most of the expenses found in traditional church settings.

Because of the differing priorities this approach to ministry allows, we can invest more money in direct opportunities locally, nationally, and globally than could be done in a traditional church.

Each group should find suitable ways to use God's resources for the good of the kingdom locally and worldwide.

Members are encouraged to give as they normally would to a traditional church. 1God.Community is registered with the North Carolina Secretary of State as a non-profit church. You may, or may not, choose to be incorporated in your state as a non-profit. The same choices can also be made about being a federally designated 501(c)(3).