For the past few months, my understanding of how the church should be is constantly changing. One of the convicting themes that I have am reminded is of is this: the church needs to be a movement.
And by movement, I mean physically. I love old churches and good churches. I value what they do and do not take away from anything of who they are.
But to accomplish the Great Commission, it will take more than a few great churches, it will require a movement.
It will require a massive push of the churches all over the world to adopt models that both compels and equip its members to just to be missional locally, as well as to be missional globally. I do not believe the “plant-here-and-do-church-until-we’re-a-megachurch” is a model that will see the nations be blessed. It’s too stationary, it’s too rigid, it’s too limited in its reach.
I value the house-church model and I find that there are a lot of things to learn from them. As this movement begins to sweet across China in an explosive manner, the very stationary church of America can learn a few lessons about building flexible, reproducible, and viral churches that will move the purposes of God in this generation.