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Jesus-centered and gospel-focused, the Ekklesia Podcast asks honest questions about the modern institutional church and what 2,000 years of religious/church tradition has given us. Are the churches we build a true expression of the one Jesus is building? My name is Mike Adams and I am a former pastor in institutional church settings and host and producer of The Ekklesia Podcast.

Join me in this journey from Church back to Ekklesia.

Aug 14, 2017

"Before I got saved, they said God loves me unconditionally. Now after I'm saved, they gave me a list of conditions and instructions."

This is a quote Rocky Glenn shared with me during our conversation about his journey out of the institutional church. It's a quote that describes the experience of so many as they are leaving the institutional church setting to find a more authentic experience outside its walls. While so many are exiting the traditional, institutionalized church setting, they are not leaving the Jesus. They feel the institutional church has to varying degrees. The freedom we initially experience when new to the faith, quickly gets squashed as we're told we need to do more and try harder. We're told we need to get busy jumping through all the hoops the church throws at us and if we fail to perform as expected, God is somehow disappointed in us. Climbing on the performance treadmill in this way is the beginning of the end for many of us when we realize it's an expectation of the institutional church and not God. We end up exhausted and the relationships with the people in our lives who matter most, suffer the most. Eventually, many throw in the towel and walk away from it.

In this episode Rocky and I interact with his story as he relates his experiences leading up to his departure from institutional Christianity and the circumstances around that decision and where that decision has taken them thus far. Grab your favorite beverage, pull up a comfortable chair, and join our conversation.

What is the Ekklesia?

Ekklesia (pronounced ek-lay-SEE-ah) is a transliteration of the Greek word used in the New Testament that is most commonly translated "church" in our English Bibles. The word "church" comes from an old English wording meaning "a lord's house" and is a poor translation of ekklesia. Far from referring to a location or an institutional setting, ekklesia refers to a community of people living life together without the added pressure of institutional obligations that lead to burnout. We will no doubt, flesh this out more as future episodes unfold.

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