Advantages of the Micro-Church Model
Everywhere the apostles went, little bodies of believers sprung up! The directive of the Great Commission requires that we be disciples who make disciples. Planting micro-churches helps fulfill the task of the Great Commission.
Read below what we have learned about micro-churches from more than 10 years of insight and development from the field.
A Tried and True Approach
When the first followers of Jesus began to take the Gospel out of Jerusalem to “the ends of the earth,” they did not try to buy unused synagogues or a field for new construction. The apostles planted churches in the homes of people who received the Gospel with joy and then entrusted those people with the responsibility of leading new believers and making more disciples. The church planters maintained friendships with the people in the churches they planted, but did not have to directly oversee the growth and spiritual development of those disciples. This allowed for the church-planters to continue making disciples and planting churches while the Biblically qualified leader led their micro-church.
Less people allows for more frequent and personal interactions. The people in your micro-church become a second family because you are going through life, and its many highs and lows, with them by your side. No one can be anonymous in a micro-church because each person has the opportunity to be known.
Multiplication is the Expectation
In order for a micro-church to stay micro, the number of people who can belong to a micro-church typically reaches capacity at around 5-7 families or 7-15 adults. When a micro-church begins to outgrow their meeting space, part of that group is expected to be sent to another community where they can start another micro-church and make more disciples. An emphasis on multiplication is woven into the DNA of every micro-church from before they even meet.
Every Person a Partner
Every person who is part of a micro-church has ownership over their gathering and a commitment to their people. Everyone contributes to the micro-church in their own way as every disciple is uniquely equipped and empowered by the Holy Spirit to meet a specific need.
Adaptable for Every Season and Circumstance
As micro-churches typically do not have to pay any overhead (mortgage/rental, office space, utilities, etc.) they can more easily adapt to difficult circumstances or hardship. While a traditional church may be forced to close its doors when giving dries up, the micro-church continues to thrive because the community is not dependent on where they worship, but Who they worship.