I believe that over the next several years, micro churches will become an important part of renewal within The United Methodist Church.
Micro churches will be supported by existing congregations that use web technology to live stream worship, such as http://live.cor.org. These existing churches will encourage and equip local leaders of a group of 10 to 20 people that will:
- “proclaim the gospel, seek, welcome and gather persons into the body of Christ” (2008 Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, ¶122)
- “nurture persons in Christian living” (2008 Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, ¶122)
- incorporate care, discipleship and stewardship.
- have a process of raising up and equipping leaders.
- seek to grow and multiply within 12 months.
As these micro churches continue to multiply they create a network.
As networks of micro churches continue to grow, leadership will increasingly move to the local level until a self sustaining network exists.
This solution creates new places for new people, develops leaders and leverages existing resources to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
How do you respond to this idea?
This is part of a series of posts about micro churches. You can read more in the next several days at http://andrewconard.com.