- I appreciate both of these posts from Leading Ideas – Mutual Mentoring and Leaders Stay Young.
- Firestarter “is a way to recognize churches that have ignited ideas and sparked brilliant communication.”
- A good question is raised at Should the Church Have More in Common with Apple?
I have continued to pitch micro churches as a way of finding renewal within The United Methodist Church and building Christian communities where non religious and nominally religious people are becoming deeply committed Christians. I am currently working on training leaders to launch these faith communities. I hope that by the end of August there will be three micro churches worshiping regularly. I want to share with you the documents and presentation that I am using as a guide to train these leaders.
- 2010 Resurrection Online – History, Mission, Vision and Goals
- 2010 Nature, Design and General Rules of the Resurrection Micro Churches
- 2010 Qualifications and Expectations of a Micro Church Leader
- 2010 Resurrection Online Micro Church Leader Training
These continue to be works in progress. I am working on a document now to address sacraments and will post in a later post when it is prepared. Will you please take a look at these documents and offer your response, ideas or opinions?
I am excited for the potential that exists for micro churches to create new places for new people to hear the good news of Jesus Christ.
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- I was inspired by technology fast Friday
- A great Job Opening 😉
As Pastor of Resurrection Online, I am currently working with leaders to launch micro churches where someone gathers 10 to 20 people to worship together with Resurrection Online and continue to grow, give and serve as a community together. This would be an opportunity to be a missionary to your neighbors. Check out this video for an introduction.
Will you please share your response to this initiative?
This is a very rough draft of a document which may guide the life of Resurrection micro church leaders. Will you please share with me your thoughts, feelings and opinions in the comments?
To be considered as a potential micro church leader, a person will:
- affirm the essentials of the Christian faith, enunciated in the historic creeds believed by nearly all Christians, such as the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed
- affirm all 15 core traits of a deeply committed Christian and be willing to grow in all areas.
- regularly practice prayer and Bible study.
- be able to share her or his faith story.
- understand the importance of hospitality and showing concern for others.
- demonstrate willingness to become a spiritual guide and care provider.
- be passionate about discipleship and community.
- be aware of spiritual gifts and open to exploration of them.
- focus on what is helpful and builds up the Body of Christ, and avoid judgmental statements, name-calling, harsh labeling, and efforts to describe anyone holding a different view as “un- Christian”
- embrace the Resurrection membership expectations.
- agree to be held accountable to the Volunteer Leader Covenant of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection.
- have previous experience leading adults (i.e. projects, teams or groups – managing, delegation, logistics, details, etc.).
- embrace the importance of establishing a group covenant, celebrate differences in group member’s personalities, appreciate differences in spiritual background and knowledge and be open to helping group members do the same.
- have volunteered for ministry inside and outside a church.
- have previous experience participating in a small group for Bible study and spiritual growth.
- have previous experience leading group prayer.
- have previous experience leading a Bible study.
- have completed Disciple 1 or equivalent.
Expectations – A micro church leader will:
- collaborate with and receive care and guidance from the Pastor for Resurrection Online.
- collaborate and be in community with other micro church leaders.
- facilitate the micro church worship experience.
- communicate with each person in her or his micro church, at least once a week, to:
- inquire how their souls prosper;
- advise, caution, comfort or encourage as necessary.
- commit to developing opportunities for each micro church participant to worship, grow, give and serve.
- communicate with Resurrection at least once a week to share:
- who are active in the life of the micro church,
- any who are in need of additional care or guidance (i.e. illness, spiritual concern, etc.),
- stories of life change, and
- any technical problems or concerns.
- look for a person who could be key in influencing a new circle of people to start the next micro church.
In North America, the church is failing to live up to its mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Since 1990 over 150 United Methodist churches have closed every year.
During this same period of time, internet usage has exploded. Since 1990 the internet grew by 100 percent every year.
I propose a solution that addresses the failure of the church in its mission by harnessing the power of the internet.
Within three years, networks of micro churches will develop that use web technology to facilitate worship and leadership development.
- creates new places for new people
- develops leaders
- leverages existing resources
to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
I invite you to be a part of this movement to help the church fulfill its mission.
I would like to set up a meeting to talk with you about the possibility of a micro church launching in your area.
Please email me at andrew dot conard at cor dot org
What if entrepreneurial small group leaders were asked to equip others to invite people to Christ and multiply small groups?
What if these groups participated in worship and discipleship together?
What if these leaders were asked to oversee the networks of small groups which they helped to initiate?
What if faithful and effective leaders were encouraged to organize a group of groups as a local church?
What if these new churches sought to be recognized by the United Methodist Church, instead of the denomination starting new churches?
What if it was facilitated by a live internet stream of worship from leading churches?
In this way, an internet live stream of worship could be used to raise up leaders and plant churches. This would serve to create new places for new people and develop principled Christian leaders for the church and the world.