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What’s It Like to Worship at Solomon’s Porch?

posted by Tony Jones

Matt Cleaver, a seminary student who visited last Sunday, has a good take.  Money quote:

I thought this would be a cool opportunity to see in real life all
that I had been reading and hearing about, and it was honestly pretty
much what I expected: quite anticlimactic and ordinary.  And I mean
that truly in the best way possible.

Obviously when I say ordinary I don’t mean mainstream
When you walk into the Great Room (think sanctuary) and see it filled
with tons of couches all arranged pointing towards a

solomons porch.jpg

couple of stools
sitting in the middle of the room you realize that the environment is
anything but typical church fare.

When I say that the Sunday Gathering is ordinary and anticlimactic I
mean that the community and leadership embrace a super-flat
ecclesiology.  Lines between staff and laity seem blurred, and there is
no such thing as a celebrity.

Photo courtesy of Nanette Sawyer’s Flickr photostream



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Sam Andress

posted January 14, 2009 at 7:54 pm


Well said. This is how I felt too the few times I have visited. Last time I was there with a friend who is part of John Piper’s church and it changed his view and understanding of Solomon’s Porch and the “emerging” church.



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Matt Cleaver

posted January 14, 2009 at 9:59 pm


Hey Tony, thanks for the link.
I was going to introduce myself but you disappeared fairly quickly. I didn’t mean to be a stranger or anything. Maybe some other time.
You will be happy to know that a lot of students in our foundational theology of youth ministry course are reading The New Christians. They can choose from three different books to review and TNC is one of them. Most are really enjoying it; some have never read anything about the emerging church.



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Theresa Seeber

posted March 30, 2009 at 11:26 pm


I want to go to the Porch sometime. I love you guys.



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