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.
This morning I am headed with the team of senior staff at Resurrection to a retreat center in Missouri about 90 minutes away. I love to get away with other members of the staff to spend time together and dream about the future of the church. According to the last email update, here is the plan…
By consensus, the thrust of our time together will be to step away from the demands of our usual work to do three things:
- We will breathe, pray, reflect and be spiritually refreshed.
- We will form tighter, lasting, deeper relationships with one another.
- We will sharpen ourselves as leaders in God’s church.
This will be more of a retreat, in every sense of the word. There will be less time on future planning and more about just being together. I am looking forward to it.