Elim in a few words

 

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1975

Two couples come to live in Bergweg 7 in Doorn; community life started, but semi-officially and not really intentional.

1981 
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The Elim community is officially established by three couples. Living together with a common purse, working together, hospitality, open house ...., just what the Bible says: 'All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.' (Acts 2:44-45)
Gijs and Dieneke van den Brink travel to India to visit the missionfield in that country. The consequences of that trip are not insignificant for the young Elim community.
From 1984 till 1997 the direct practical involvement in projects in India is growing.
And anno 2011 Elim is involved in several projects in India, Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand and Pakistan, varying from purely missionary activities to social development work.

1985

The church is established. From this time onwards Elim is known as housechurch.

1989

Elim opens a platform for evangelical intentional communities. Thirty-five communities have joined the platform. From 1989 till 2010 an annual congress was organised. 

2010 

Elim  becomes more and more a multicltural community and starts with bilingual meetings. Iranian, Afghanian and Armenian believers attend the church. Often it happens that in our meetings Dutch believers are a minority.

 

Meetings

 

 

Principles of faith

 

We believe in the Bible as the inspired Word of God. Yet our principles of faith are not so much a doctrine, but a Person: Jesus Christ Who is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Our conversations are not so much about the right doctrine as they are about the right practice, as described by Luke in Acts 2:42, 'They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.'

The following is a point by point summary of what we believe, written in the form of a prayer.

 

Relationship with the universal church

 

We do not attach importance to denominations, and we are completely independent as a local church. We accept the other churches as churches of the Lord who are walking in the light which they have. That means that we accept that accents can differ in the one Kingdom of God. In this Kingdom there is unity and diversity. The difference between the church of the Corinthians and the church of the Galatians in the Bible is in our opinion abundantly plain.

We have with many much in common: