Darrow Miller and Friends


Ever heard of the Monday church?

Monday Church not just SundayMost Christians believe church is where we go on Sunday to worship with friends and hear a sermon or homily. The church is a building where we do “spiritual” things. “I’m going to church on Sunday.”

But nowhere does the New Testament speak of the church as a place. The Bible speaks of the church in an organic way, as a community of believers. Here are some examples of the organic (as opposed to institutional) language the Bible uses for church.

–          Ecclesia – assembly, congregation – 115 times in the NT

–          Kononia – community, communion – 19 times in the NT

–          The Bride of Christ – Ephesians 5:25-27

–          The Priesthood of Believers – 1 Peter 2:9

–          A Holy Nation – 1 Peter 2:9

–          The Body of Christ – 1 Corinthians 12:27

The church may meet in a rice paddy in Thailand, in a house in China, in a warehouse in Hawaii, under a tree in Kenya, or in a building designed as a place of worship. But, according to the Bible, the PLACE is not the church. The church is the COMMUNITY that has gathered.

What led to the shift in emphasis? For the last hundred plus years, in response to the onslaught of evolutionary ideology (atheism or secular humanism), the church divorced herself from the biblical Judeo-Christian worldview and adopted the Sacred/Secular Dichotomy (SSD) of the Greek worldview. The SSD separates the spiritual from the secular, the “higher” from the “lower.” Sundays were separated from Mondays, and worship from work. I call this Evangelical Gnosticism as illustrated in the graphic.

Evangelical Gnosticism sees God as concerned with spiritual things only. He is interested in our Sundays, but not our Mondays. The church is a building where we worship, fellowship and study the Bible.

The Monday Church gathers to scatter

Monday Church recognizes God's ownership of all thingsOn the other hand, the biblical worldview sees the church as a community that gathers on Sunday for equipping and corporate worship (the white arrows in the diagram) and scatters (the black arrows) to love, serve, and work in the community, public square and marketplace. Those who gather on Sunday are the church on Monday and all week. They are the church scattered in the public square, the church in the market place, the church in the community. This is the Monday church.

The Sunday church focuses on spiritual and religious programs inside a building. Things outside the building are deemed secular and less important. The Monday Church gathers and scatterschurch has largely lost the concept of discipling nations, engaging the culture, stewarding the land, fighting corruption, injustice, and poverty.

  • Darrow Miller

… to be continued


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Darrow is co-founder of the Disciple Nations Alliance and a featured author and teacher. For over 30 years, Darrow has been a popular conference speaker on topics that include Christianity and culture, apologetics, worldview, poverty, and the dignity of women. From 1981 to 2007 Darrow served with Food for the Hungry International (now FH association), and from 1994 as Vice President. Before joining FH, Darrow spent three years on staff at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland where he was discipled by Francis Schaeffer. He also served as a student pastor at Northern Arizona University and two years as a pastor of Sherman Street Fellowship in urban Denver, CO. In addition to earning his Master’s degree in Adult Education from Arizona State University, Darrow pursued graduate studies in philosophy, theology, Christian apologetics, biblical studies, and missions in the United States, Israel, and Switzerland. Darrow has authored numerous studies, articles, Bible studies and books, including Discipling Nations: The Power of Truth to Transform Culture (YWAM Publishing, 1998), Nurturing the Nations: Reclaiming the Dignity of Women for Building Healthy Cultures (InterVarsity Press, 2008), LifeWork: A Biblical Theology for What You Do Every Day (YWAM, 2009), Rethinking Social Justice: Restoring Biblical Compassion (YWAM, 2015), and more. These resources along with links to free e-books, podcasts, online training programs and more can be found at Disciple Nations Alliance (https://disciplenations.org).