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.

† this is microchurch †

how microchurch happens

Nothing will change the world more powerfully than the love of Christ shared with a world that so desperately needs it.

Carey Nieuwhof

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

C. S. Lewis

Even a small light holds back darkness and a group of small lights can banish it completely.

Brain Sanders

Merely attending church doesn’t make you much of a church because sitting in a row, consuming church doesn’t make you very good at being the church.

Carey Nieuwhof

If the wrongdoer has to do something to merit mercy, then it isn’t mercy.

Tim Keller

By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

You can’t build the future of the church on passionless, disengaged people. Nor can you build it on consumers.

Carey Nieuwhof

The difference between humanity and all the rest of creation is that men and woman were made to relate directly with God.

Francis A. Schaeffer

Genuine spiritual knowledge lies in the union of the believer’s life with the truth of God.

Watchman Nee

To exist without the pursuit of God’s mission in the world is to exist as something other than the church.

Brain Sanders

As we worship, we enter, touch and are touched by the presence of God himself. We were created to live this way.

C.S. Lewis