What is a microchurch?
A microchurch is a small community of worshipers committed to providing mercy ministry that has been designed to benefit a specific people group. As part of their day-to-day lifestyle of worship, the members of a microchurch are involved in direct relationship with a specific people group, say a neighborhood or a certain demographic, loving and serving them as a tangible blessing, and also as live presentation of God’s character and his heart to care for them. By doing so, the MC embodies the gospel in real time.
Why such a focus on mission?
Mercy ministry is primary to the work of a microchurch. But the members of a microchurch are also committed to living worship filled lives for Jesus as well as intimate, restorative relationship together as a community. These three things – worship, community and mission – are the primary purposes of church. Some churches focus on community or worship as central, but we believe such an approach tends to leave mission in the margins of church life. We believe making mission primary is, first, the way of Jesus – his ultimate purpose for the church. But we also believe a body that is pursuing service to the world as their primary mission will be desperate for God and his people. The spiritual skills, courage and fortitude needed for living on mission 24/7 can only be found through pursuing Jesus and living in encouraging, gospel-centered relationships. That’s worship and community. Our commitment to mission drives us to ever deeper worship and community.
Does a microchurch do worship and community?
Yes. Worship and community are experienced as a consequence of our obedience to Jesus’ call to go and make disciples. A microchurch will have meetings with traditional singing, some form of liturgy and hanging out together for fun and encouragement. However, we don’t meet to sing and practice a liturgy and we don’t meet to hangout with like-minded friends. When we meet together, it is either with an explicit or an implicit goal of pursuing or preparing to pursue mission. This more often than not includes seeking to be emotionally and spiritually positioned to follow Jesus into love and service in life’s unscripted circumstances. Worship and deep community are necessities of our missionary lifestyle.