By design, a microchurch is small and has few, if any, of the common features of a church structured primarily around Sunday church gatherings. The aim is simplicity, allowing for flexible, nimble ministry – worship, community and mission – in everyday circumstances; conditions that are hard to predict or control. Because of its small size and flexibility, the microchurch can encourage every maturing participant to be actively engaged in the actual ministry work of the church.
And since time, talent and money is always limited, we believe the assets people bring to a gathered church are best spent in a local mission that they can envision and contextualize around the needs they see. This also means the ministry work of the church can expand without limits into every conceivable nook and cranny of human life. It is not limited to the lecture hall or classroom on Sunday or to the mental imagination, but to the emotion-fraught struggles of everyday living.
Despite what seems to be prevalent belief, Jesus doesn’t see joining him in this mission against daily darkness as optional for his followers. He said, “Go and make disciples.” But we don’t see this as just a naked command. We believe Jesus envisioned making disciples as a real life process, and, as such, an important feature of growing his disciples. Nothing develops dependent faith and other important Christian virtues like serving such a mission. Simply put, serving on mission is the best way to grow-up into Christ-likeness as a disciple.
Though small and simple and organized locally, a microchurch is nonetheless a standalone expression of God’s church because a body of people that are together living a balanced lifestyle of worship, community and mission is the church.
Despite its simplicity, such a church, freed to create ministry as they go, embedded with and committed to love and serve each other and an extended community of their neighbors, are able to tell a clear and profound gospel story. They will live changed and changing lives. They will serve Jesus and worship God in all of life. And they will have a profound and lasting impact on their world for the glory of God.
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