Think about some of the things people say related to church. “I have to go to the church.” “We are going to have church at 11.” “Let’s go out to eat after church is over.”
But the church is not a place or something you have. And it certainly should not “be over.” The church is the Body of Christ, and as such it a living organism. It is made up of people who are “followers of Jesus Christ” and who have been made alive by the Holy Spirit.
We sometimes talk about “mega churches” and “super churches”, and now even multi-campus churches. I want to cry out for there to be “Mission Outpost Churches”. I am talking about churches that are in strategic places and see themselves as more than one local church. Rather they see themselves as Acts 1:8 commissioned fellowships to launch other fellowships.
According to the surveys, about 60% of the average community is outside of the reach of the traditional church model. In the community I serve, the government census from 2010 says there are approximately 200,000 people withing ten miles of the building where we worship. I don’t think the largest of churches in our community is able to reach the multi-ethnic, multi-generational community. We must become missional in our own communities, even as we also are missional to the ends of the earth.
There is a lot that could be said to this, but what I would love is to generate a conversation. Will you jump in?