The current installment of the COEC began meeting in 2007.

We are currently on a "break," for no particular reason, and many little reasons - mostly pertaining to life circumstances. If anyone is interested in calling a meeting, feel free to post on the blog, join the google group (see link below) and send an email, or contact either Nancy (nancykj10@yahoo.com) or Jesse (schroeder.jesse@gmail.com) for more information.

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Disciples Fellowship

As some of you have expressed interest in understanding what our fellowship of believers looks like in Birmingham ... this article might give you an idea. It was a blog post of a summer intern two years ago. That intern is now moving to Birmingham as DF has hired him to minister to the community full-time. Tyler has since erased his blog, but this article was posted on the DF website. It is a quick read ... both funny and true. Enjoy.


Greg said...

Great list! I love it!

Jesse said...

I appreciated from this list that church didn't have to be aesthetically appealing - or maybe I should say, it doesn't have to be "refined." You could make a lot of connections there with like refined sugar and other products - the raw is not as pretty, doesn't market as well, but is better for you in the long run.

In church on Sunday, I felt like the pastors were afraid for anything to go wrong. It was a very rehearsed, timed, well-planned and executed event that left little room for the "messiness" of human life. It felt like when you watch a tv sitcom and someone is giving birth and the baby pops out all clean and smiling, and you think to yourself - "This isn't real....."

Disciples Fellowship sounds like it was a real church.

One last quote - a student of mine shared in chapel about a phrase that Jewish rabbis had regarding their students. It went something like, "May you be covered in the dirt of your rabbi" and the idea was that as you followed your teacher around all day, walking the dirt roads, you would be caked with the dirt he had kicked up from his sandals. I like thinking about Jesus as a dirty-foot teacher, and I want to follow him along the dirty path.

Anonymous said...

Well said, Jesse. I think the "rawness" of the church is what really hit me when I first started hanging out there. To be real and have no outside facades was refreshing.