Microchurches and How the Coronavirus is Shaking up the Traditional Model
The Christian Post (Opinion) - For a pair of millennial pastors, it meant leaving what they loved doing in pursuit of discipleship coupled with the sober recognition that existing church structures, even within those where the Gospel was being faithfully proclaimed, were not only woefully inadequate but hampering the Kingdom of God from advancing.
Parker and Jessi Green started feeling what they described as a Holy Spirit restlessness amid full-time ministry in New York City. Despite being well-compensated and "successful" by several measures, something was amiss and the couple could not ignore how God was tugging at their hearts.
For the past four years, the Greens have been active with SALT churches, a network of microchurches they started in the region of Southern California. Earlier this year, they led Saturate OC, a worship on the beach evangelistic outreach.
If you ask Parker, a microchurch is around 10 to 40 people reaching those who do not yet know Jesus, making disciples and, most importantly, are on mission together. That "being on mission" aspect distinguishes it from previous home-based church movements.
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"Doing what Jesus is doing [in realtime], I find, is super helpful," he said, chuckling lightly, in a recent interview with The Christian Post.
Jessi added: "We definitely think that this is the trajectory that the Church is going to move in and it's funny because I think especially because of social media we're so afraid to almost innovate when it comes to church because we don't.....READ MORE
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