Like a tree in the forest, the church grows up from a seed, in the prepared soil, to a living thing capable of producing the fruit of multiplication.
Ephesians 3:14-20 ESV
14For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from whom every familya in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Running a Micro-Church
First of all, cast vision, tell people WHY you are here, why you are a church, and say it a lot, every week. A common purpose will allow people to enter into genuine community. A strong why helps the members of your church pursue a common purpose and vision, it makes the how and the what fall far more easily into place.
Anyone with a strong “why” can bear almost any “how”.
Set a time and date for gathering weekly
Write down with a team (those you are completely in) how the nights will look. Write a simple run sheet that runs no longer than 2 hours. Nights can certainly go longer, but always leave room for people to go if they need to.
Be flexible - some things will work, some won’t, always tend towards simplicity with excellence, ask “what can we do well?”
Assign/delegate responsibilities, food, communion, set up, worship, facilitating study, clean up etc.
Make sure in your gatherings that you are equipping the saints for the work of the ministry in their DAILY LIVES.
Every month make sure to ask everyone if they have been baptized. If not, set up a time to baptize them.
Month 1 - Gather + Pray
Month 2- Discipleship
Month 3- Everyday Evangelism
Month 4- Four Foundations
Month 5- Belong, Believe, Become (21 days of prayer during this)
Month 6- Hearing from God Series (open this to the public)
**After month 6 - feel free to do a deep dive on any topic that has been covered (Jesus is alive, belong, evangelism, etc) or submit your own 4 week teaching to Parker for review!
Our Hearing From God series is an amazing time to open up the church to new people and aim for inviting people that don’t know Jesus. Please contact your Hub leader for more details on running this series. Be prepared to bring new believers into discipleship, and if your location is full, begin a brand new micro church in another location by sending leaders from your church.
A micro-church is like a platoon of believers at war together. Your gatherings are where everyone stocks up on “guns and ammo”. Encouragement, prophecy, fellowship, worship, vision, etc (lots of things here). We know that when people have a common vision, and a common purpose, they then have the community they have been seeking. The closest knit people on earth or men that go to war together. Why? They are willing to make sacrifices for each other because their love for each other isn’t based on whether things are good or bad, difficult or easy; but for the bigger purpose at hand. So in a sense you get both in SALT. Together we make disciples and see people saved, and as a larger church, we see whole regions saved and discipled.