Our "definition of church" (ecclesiology) is simple: When a group of likeminded people band together in sincere worship and genuine community to accomplish a part of the mission of Jesus, they are the church.
We champion a model of church that affirms, empowers, and releases a network of groups that are supported by a city-wide network for camaraderie, coaching, and resourcing. ?We call these unique church expressions "Microchurches," but you can call them whatever you want.
We believe that small, missional groups are the Most Essential Unit of the Church; and that church organizations exist to serve the smaller, micro-expression…and not the other way around. The Early Church embodied 3 essential, irreducible functions of WORSHIP, COMMUNITY, and MISSION; giving great freedom for people & groups to express them in their own contexts. Our aim is to equip & send groups like this into the world; impacting every sphere of influence, confronting every form of evil and injustice, reaching every kind of person, in a way that unlocks the genius of the Body of Christ to effectively reach the world with the Good News.
Following are short definitions of the 3 aspects of the Microchurch model
WORSHIP – We pursue unceasing intimacy with the Father.
We affirm that everyone is meant to know God personally in a way that brings understanding, transformation, and closeness. This type of relationship is cultivated as we RELEASE control of our lives to Him in order to RECEIVE what can only come from Him. Intimacy with God grows through personal spiritual disciplines like Bible study, prayer, worship, etc.; as well as lifestyle choices that align us with His purposes…dynamically living in a state of worship in our daily lives. We don’t just want to know about God, we want to really know Him. Intimacy is the function of Worship.
COMMUNITY – We develop identity as part of the Body of Christ.
We affirm that everyone is dearly loved and cherished by God; with a specific, intended role as part of His family of believers. As members of this family, it is the Father’s intent that we be BELONG to each other; interdependent and committed to encouraging, supporting, and loving one another. In the context of this type of community, we also spur one another on in our journey of BECOMING like Jesus - not to be identical to one another, but to embody His character in our unique lives, becoming who He would be if He were living in our shoes. Each one of us is designed uniquely to express His presence to each other and the world. We are committed to understanding ourselves, equipping each other, and learning how we fit together to accomplish His purposes in the world. Identity is the function of Community.
MISSION – We join the Initiative of the Holy Spirit in the World.
We affirm that God is always at work to accomplish His mission, and that He invites us to join Him. His mission is to continue the work of Jesus today: Showing the WORKS of the Gospel by serving the poor, marginalized, and hurting; and sharing the WORDS of the Gospel with those who are lost without Him. It's like two sides of a coin. We are people of action who are not content with idle talk; yet we depend upon the impulse of the Holy Spirit to inspire, direct, and empower us according to His own purposes and timelines. Rather than chasing our own dreams, strategies, or goals; we pledge to be busy about His work, leaving the results to Him. So we work with God, not for Him. Initiative is the function of Mission...and it is like a dance.
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