Answers To Frequently Asked Questions
A microchurch is exactly what it sounds like: a smaller expression of church. All microchurches will have at least three components: worship, discipleship, and commitment to service. Worship may be streamed or created organically in the group. Microchurches may exist in homes, neighborhoods, around the dinner table, in workplaces, cafes, gyms, and other natural gathering spaces outside of the traditional church building. The early church found in Acts provides our biblical basis.
A fresh expression is any regularly scheduled activity, event, or gathering that incorporates at least one element of discipleship, such as prayer or scripture reading, and also includes an invitational component to deeper relationship. Fresh expressions organize around a shared activity such as: frisbee, kickball, walking, darts, boating, bowling, game night, gaming, yoga, coffee, or simply work or community relationships. You tell us what your “thing” is and we will help equip you to add a discipleship component to it.
Most small groups meet weekly for Bible study, book discussion, or some other type of study. While Bible study is definitely one aspect of discipleship, it would not generally meet the minimum definition of “church” by itself. Microchurches will have, at minimum, a weekly worship component, a discipleship or fellowship component, and a commitment to serving God and each other. Microchurches are smaller expressions of church.
Research and statistics are clear about the ability of our current church structures and models to attract and form new disciples. The old adage of “build it and they will come” worked for many decades in America. However, the church is no longer at the center of society. More and more people are less and less familiar with the basic tenets of the Christian faith and why they matter in our lives and in the world. Ask yourself this: Of the ten neighbors closest to you, how many are actively involved in a faith community? How many would come with you to church if you invited them? Now, how many neighbors might join you for a backyard barbecue? How might God use that barbecue to begin to develop relationships that are mutually transforming? You see, the church never dies. We just might need fresh eyes and fresh approaches to being the church.
No. Microchurches can meet for worship at a day or time that meets for the group. They can use our streamed worship service or be provided with the resources to develop their own worship service.
Yes. We are in the midst of developing orientation and training for those interested in standing up or being part of a microchurch or fresh expression. New leaders will also be paired with a mentor who will work closely with them to develop an exciting but manageable plan for their specific context.
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