First Church of Mars

22 May

Mars OneImagine, if you will…

*use your best Rod Serling voice right there*

Anyway, imagine that you (and your spouse, if applicable) have been selected as an “Anchor Member” of the First Christian Church to be established on Mars, as part of the 21st Century Mars settlement project scheduled somewhere between 2025 and 2040.

Imagine that by whatever process you’ve been selected as part of a 10 person team to establish Christianity on Mars by your own denomination or other appropriate religious authority. Your mandate is unique. You have no denominationally specific theological constraints. Your mission is not to proselytize for your sect, it is to lift up Christ and provide for the needs of exploration teams and future colonists. Your assignment will be permanent, and you are establishing what may be a foundation for generations to come.

What would that be like?

What would be your goals and priorities?

How would you develop consensus with other members of your team from other Christian denominations? (In this… how, in fact, would you DEFINE ‘Christian denomination’?)

If your only agreed upon standard of unanimity were the Holy Bible itself, how would you approach this task with your team?

Open to ideas, questions, and discussions now…


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18 responses to “First Church of Mars

  1. Levi Thetford

    May 22, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Very thought provoking LM. It would look much different than the US church and established churches where entrenched, at least at first I’d imagine. I’m certain before long it would be messed up and convoluted like most denominations and groups are today. Great thought.


    • Little Monk

      May 22, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      Lol… don’t tell me I am the more optimistic here! lol! Let’s pretend it didn’t get messed up and convoluted. Let’s imagine all 10 Anchors were really Spirit led, and Jesus could take a fair shot at a fresh start. I’m interested in what Gentle Readers consider that might look like? At least different elements of that… not a whole scheme necessarily.


      • Levi Thetford

        May 22, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        It would definitely not get hung up on non-essential doctrines, the love would pour out as Paul from the UK might say, we would function as a complete body does as taught in Eph. and elsewhere where Jesus is the true Head of the church. That’s a start. Much more can be said,


  2. Don Merritt

    May 22, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Are you planning on a move? Very ambitious of you!

    Playing along, I would leave the denominations, creeds and rule books and traditions behind. I would take the Word in it’s pure and simple form and do what it says.

    Oh wait, maybe I’ve got it wrong… that’s what I would do if I were starting a new church on Earth! πŸ™‚


    • Little Monk

      May 22, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      Shhhh! Yer gonna blow my whole clever super secret master plot! Lol πŸ™‚


      • Don Merritt

        May 22, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        Oh sorry. I was kinda hoping you were putting a Mars team together!


  3. paulfg

    May 22, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    What is an anchor member?


    • Little Monk

      May 22, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      When I was a church planter, I would have a new pastor ready to serve, a major “home church” ready to walk alongside the project as a missions effort, and I would recruit 10 “Anchor Families” to form the initial leadership core of the new church. These would be mostly “elders”, “mature Christians”, able to teach Sunday School or serve in governance… though they didn’t have to be chronologically old to do it.

      They are the folks that lend stability and set the cultural tone for the new church, as new members are brought in to the body.


  4. wingedprisms

    May 23, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Good provoking post – off the top of my head (hopefully my heart) I would want to bring them Biblical culture – not religious Western culture. I would want to learn their culture and weave it into Biblical ( Acts) culture. I would like to see their lives get bigger, their hearts get bigger, add to what they have – a fullness of God to be revealed. When do we go? Wait – I can do it here……….. πŸ˜€


    • Little Monk

      May 23, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      Welcome to the table, Cate! I’ll bring the coffee and you can bring the pie! Glad you like the scenario. I’m finding it a fun way to consider various elements of Christian practice, without offending brethren through sounding critical of traditions. It’s easier to start with a blank slate and build UP, than to try to look at a full chalkboard and consider what to erase.

      So, I’m hoping to stay with this hypothetical for a little bit, and consider… why are we here? What are we to do? How do we do it? How do we grow (in every sense of the word)? And… beyond all else… were Jesus here in body to lead us, how would all this happen?

      Should be a fun summer field trip, eh? Beats a Memorial Day weekend at the beach, no?

      So welcome, and please feel free to jump right in. I love our commentators and discussions, and the breadth of viewpoint and background… simply fabulous!

      Grace to you — The Little Monk


  5. Paula Moldenhauer

    May 23, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Been thinking about this. I’m afraid my response might not sound particularly theological and will sound a whole lot idealistic. I’d want to have lots of big family meals where we share our hopes and our dreams and pray for direction. I’d want to be willing to sit together in silence a while and see if the King of Kings whispers any specific direction into our hearts, to see if we find wonderful ideas about what to do next based on not only the collective wisdom of those gathered and the heart of Scripture, but on a harmony of hearts that is Spirit-breathed. I’d want to love each other, tell each other the good we see in the person, the gifts that shine and provide opportunity for each to walk out their gifts in service. Where we all know we are flawed and we all open our hearts to the One who shows us the way out of our flaws one step at a time. I’d want to seek God for authentic community where we can laugh and cry together and admit our need and whole-hearted dependence on HIM. I’d want to know that we had each other’s back, that we took time to pray for each other’s needs and to meet them as prompted to do so by HIM. I’d want to be sure there was time for sitting at the Savior’s feet as well as time for dancing, for singing around a campfire, for letting the guys (and the girls so inclined) throw around a football, and a realization that in each of these things HE is with us.

    And as we learned to love like this I’d want to invite others to come in and do the same.

    Thanks for the thinking prompts today . . . and for the follow over on my blog.


    • Little Monk

      May 23, 2014 at 7:09 PM

      Welcome Paula,

      So glad you’ve joined us! One response… You said:

      ” I’m afraid my response might not sound particularly theological and will sound a whole lot idealistic..”

      Lol. To which I said… “Yeah? You say that like it’s a BAD thing! Lol!”

      Your comment is wonderful. I’m currently working on a post about “The Gift in the Silence”, and so your remarks struck a deep chord in me.

      Stay with us… keep helping us see in new ways!

      Grace to thee — LM


  6. lindyone770

    May 23, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Love this format. Thanks for sharing this and making us think. My thought are along the same lines as Paula stated below.



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