Summary: The Church is undergoing a revolution of its basic structure. It’s getting back to God’s original design for it – a decentralized network of individuals and cells. As our culture has begun to adopt it, so has the Church. These are not new, but ancient principles that allow Christ to lead how He wants to lead in a “though they are many, they are one” sort of way.
A Decentralized Network
A Decentralized Network
Summary: Paying people to do ministry centralizes the open system that God designed the Church to be and creates divisions in His Body that He never intended to be there. In the previous post in this series, I talked about how peer-to-peer file-sharing networks give us a glimpse into the decentralized nature of the Church according to God’s design. They give us a current cultural example of a system without a human leader, no headquarters, distributed power, and many other characteristics that turn the world’s system of organization (which was conceived by God’s enemy) upside-down and inside-out. But one characteristic …
Summary: Because everything we’ve known is from the world’s system, we have a hard time making sense of how the Kingdom of God operates. But the difference between a starfish and a spider helps us out. A spider is a centralized animal with a head with a brain, while a starfish is a decentralize animal with a neural network. The Kingdom of God is like a starfish.
Summary: 5 things healthy churches throughout history have had that caused them to end up thriving are a planter, a circle, a worthy mission, a pre-existing network and a public relations strategy.
Summary: Those called to be church planters have very unique qualities. There are 12 in particular that stand out. They can be a guide to identifying if someone is fit to take on the role and will be successful with this necessary function in the church.
Summary: Google, eBay & Amazon all put systems in place where influence was based on trust earned over time. The Kingdom doesn’t contain leader and non-leader classes of Christians. It operates by functions (gifts) as Christ leads through each member according to the grace given them as they earn trust over time.
Summary: Systems are predictable, regardless of people’s intentions that operate within them. The principles of the systems you operate by lead to the outcomes you get. This applies to the Church as well.