Micro-Churches are small communities of Christ-followers (minimum of 3, maximum of 20) who have connected their lives together for the purpose of loving God, loving one another, and reaching others with the gospel. This concept aligns the ministry of traditional church with an apostolic Centre for Training, Activation, & Release to reach the Micro churches are wherever two or more are gathered together working on a Kingdom initiative in a mountain of societal influence. Instead of just fellowship, it’s a relational bond with people who share the same dream, vision, calling, goals and mountain. Traditional church has the role of nurturing the saints and making disciples by laying a spiritual and Biblical foundation through teaching and preaching. Once the disciple is mature enough to discover the dream God put in his heart, then it’s time to move toward that mountain. This doesn’t mean we leave “church,” but it does mean our heart makes a healthy shift in emphasis from receiving in church to ministering in our mountain.
The distinctions are simple:
- Micro-Churches are a spiritual family – people connected covenantally heart-to-heart around Christ in order to advance His kingdom. I Cor. 4:15-17; Eph. 3:14
- A micro-churches are centered around the Person and Purpose of Jesus Christ and led by qualified leaders. Each person is helped to be a true disciple of Christ in the 5 C’s: Christ, Community, Character, Calling, and Competency.
- All micro-churches are inter-connected with other micro-churches and part of a larger congregation led by biblical elders.
- Micro-Churches are a group of friends unified around Christ’s love and mission.
11:19; Jn. 15:12-17
- Micro-Churches are a healing community that prays for the sick, counsels the confused, carries out inner healing, sets people free from curses and demonic bondage, and creates such an atmosphere of acceptance and love that rejection and insecurities are displaced over time. James 5:16; Matt. 10:1,8
- Micro-Churches are a training and equipping center, a safe setting for people to practice leadership, management, preaching, teaching, creative ministry, spiritual gifts, and all forms of servanthood. Matt. 28:18-20
- Micro-Churches are a missionary team and spiritual army – a flexible, spontaneous, organized platoon capable of reaching those who do not follow Christ and are not in a spiritual family. They are dedicated to seeking and saving the lost, delivering people from demonic bondage, doing justice, and serving youth, poor, widow, orphan, and alien. Lk. 19:10; Eph. 6:10-18
- Micro-Churches are a lifestyle of deep, intentional, meaningful relationships that connect any time and place with an ultimate goal to reach lost people, and transform communities through Christ and the kingdom of God. Acts 2:42-47, 4:32-35.
CHURCH IN A MOUNTAIN
Now we have some new definitions that go with this concept of church in a mountain.
Now the goal is to connect people with the desires God wrote in their own hearts. We are not just maturing them spiritually. Now we’re adding a practical dimension in a real mountain: The wisdom of finding a vocation, creating wealth and ministering to others 40 hours a week.
Apostolic fathering now includes a practical apprenticeship in a real occupation, managing cash flow. We are no longer just creating followers of Jesus; we’re trying to create leaders that will change nations. Jesus is now the King of kings. We’re releasing kings!
The primary difference between church and micro-church is that pulpit ministry flows in one direction and seldom “hears” what’s in the heart of the disciple. The micro-church style of leadership is premised on a foundation of knowing what’s in a disciple’s heart and leading that person toward the realization of their dream or Kingdom purpose (Mountain). When God created us he took something unique out of the desires of his own heart in put it in our hearts. Those desires are holy ground… gold that leaders mine and refine to release the hearts of those they lead. They don’t teach people to “die to self.” Instead, they are helping people become themselves.
My relational connection with people is now focused on those who have the same or similar dreams and calling in their hearts. Introverted fellowship transitions to working together in the Kingdom with a vision to bless a nation. The sweetest fellowship starts when 2 or more do what the Father is doing.
- HEART CONNECTIONS
The DNA of micro church isn’t the initiative; we’re not selling the importance of a program or a purpose. We’re working with people who share the same motivations at a heart level. We move from superficial relationships to heart connections. We naturally gravitate to our those who have the same writing on the walls of their hearts. Whatever I’m hearing from God is also resonating in the hearts of other brothers and sisters. It’s fun to find them and it feels like we already know one another.
Instead of traditional missionaries sent to the 3rd world to plant a brick and mortar church with a lifetime of monthly support from the home church… suddenly everyone is a missionary. We’re planting micro churches in every mountain. We’re prophetically connecting every heart with his/her unique Kingdom purpose in a mountain, a vocation and a destiny.
There are apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers in every mountain. They don’t use the titles, but those ministries came from their equipping in the local church. These ministries are not in a hierarchy governed by a local church. Leaders in these various mountains of culture collaborate toward the common purpose of blessing nations. The church mountain is not more spiritual or closer to God than any other mountain. Jesus himself is the head!
What God has written in the hearts of His people goes beyond the walls of every local church. He is calling them to pursue the desires He wrote in their hearts and to make a difference in the Kingdom…. “commanding each one to go.” Ecclesia (church) is not “gathered in;” it’s “called out.”