A Numinous Hope
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Numinous is the name of the Christian ministry started by Carl & Kim Creasman in 1998. At the core of Carl's vision lies a hope, a dream of actually being a united group of fellow nomads on a journey together, experiencing the life of Christian believers connected deeply to one another. That story is the reality of the first church, if the history written in the book of Acts is to be believed. This book, then, is a collection of writings defining the concept of community, explaining why it matters, and demonstrating how Numinous Church does it. These writings challenge long held assumptions about what “church” means and how it is important for today. The compilation contains three selections: a theological exposition of the ideas that inspired the birth of Numinous written in 2003, a shorter collection of Carl’s newsletter articles on the theology of community written in 2007, and a collection of Carl’s emails to the church body of Numinous over the years... More > since the church’s start in 2000.< Less
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Apr 29, 2013Carl Creasman originally had a good idea: start a New Testament church, stripped of unnecessary tradition, for a generation which felt "burned" by mainline churches. Unfortunately he made several mistakes that kept it from being successful: giving leadership positions to immature and unqualified people because they were his buddies; focusing on how great and unique his ministry was rather than on how great Christ is; conspicuously asking to be held accountable, then rejecting correction when it actually came; and attempting to bring about close community and the exercising of gifts via control and guilt, rather than creating an atmosphere where they could happen. As a result, a place intended to minister to people who had been burned by mainline churches just ended up burning them worse than ever. There can be no doubting Creasman's knowledge, convictions and good intentions, and he could yet be used by God for great things if he got his priorities straight. But for him to... More > publish a celebration of his failed ministry, as if it were a success - particularly so soon after losing about half of his already tiny following within a short time - shows denial at best, downright arrogance at worst. It reflects pride that seems to have remained even after a fall.< Less
Dec 19, 2012I would advise extreme caution taking much heart from anything Mr. Creasman writes. He has a style the uses extreme hyperbole to evoke an emotional response and connection, but we know them by their fruit, and the fruit of Numinous has been, largely, heartbreak. While his rhetoric speaks of community and closeness, in reality it plays out more like emotional manipulation more akin to a cult than to Christ. After more than a decade, Numinous has more bitter and broken hearts in it's wake than it does current members in good standing. At no point has the church had a regularly attending active membership of over 40 (including children). This man's church has lost approximately half of it's followers within the past 18 months. The church now has currently less than 20 adults over the age of 18. Of the families that remain under his leadership, more than half have members that are in leadership with him. Those that left in 2010 and 2011 are adults that love God and seek to serve him... More > elsewhere. So please, I beg you, use caution. Mr. Creasman's passion is seductive and he is a gifted speaker. However, the fruit of this ministry, this "numinous" would argue that he is not a gifted leader.< Less
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- Carl E. Creasman Jr. (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Carl E. Creasman Jr.
- August 28, 2012
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.21 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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