Doesn’t a church have to have a building?
Nope. Buildings are nice but they are optional. The church is made up of people not wood. The church is called ‘The Body of Christ’ in the Bible and that means that each follower of Jesus comes together to make it up. Whether they come together in a building, at a restaurant or in a home...
Won’t everybody want to come together in one place?
Sometimes. Each Way Community will fulfill so much in terms of fellowship, study and all those other Acts 2 things to do. However, we will want to get those Communities together from time to time. How often? We do not yet know. For what purpose? Well, we will do all those same things that Acts 2 lists and will basically celebrate what God is doing, to see new Followers of Jesus baptized in water. We don’t know how often we will do this and we don’t know where we will do it. It will depend on size, availability and affordability.
How will we function as a church if we are all spread out in multiple homes?
Very well. The Acts 2 list covers so much! We will actually be able to ‘be the church’ instead of ‘go to church’. The energy and cost of supporting and meeting at a group of buildings can be turned into time and resources used to bless our city and love our neighbors in very real ways.
How will it be structured?
That is a very involved question. The simple answer is that we will be under the leadership of Jesus. Chris Sims will serve as the pastor and help direct us towards biblical living in all we do. As we grow into more homes leaders will be trained for each home/Way Community. As we grow further, we will ask some of our Way Community Leaders to take on leadership of multiple Communities. We can show you some cool charts and graphs on all of this if this answer isn’t enough.
What will a typical meeting look like?
We will gather around a meal, dessert or coffee at a home. We will enjoy one another’s company. We will hear a Word from The Bible (as we grow, these will be put on-screen for each of our homes). We will have a discussion about what we have learned (led by the Leader but participated in by anyone). We will pray. We will talk about needs that we can meet and make plans to meet them.
Will it always be this way?
We are going to be a church of many small Way Communities. Always. Now, we may meet together in larger groups more often as time goes along...we will just see how the Lord leads in that way. We are committed to the idea that we can love our neighbors best by meeting in this way.
Where will the Way Community Leaders come from?
They will be homegrown. They will be followers of Jesus who are spiritually gifted in bringing others together. They will be committed to The Way and will be trained by the leadership of The Way.
How will we decide what homes to meet in and who is invited to each Way Community?
Well, we won’t. You will. We would think it is best for a family to be a part of a Community in its neighborhood. However, we know that some Communities will reach out to friends and like-minded people that will come together based upon those similarities rather than proximity. For instance, there might be one community that has its focus on its street while there is another community meeting on the same street that is reaching out to people who play music or work in the oil field, etc.
Will we get to sing praises to God and who will lead that?
Sure. Sing praises. Read praises. Pray praises. Praising God is vital. Some will be more ‘musically inclined’ while others may just read a Psalm or a Christ-Centered Poem. When we get together in larger groups musical worship will be a big part of those meetings. From time to time, we will have someone record a few songs and will play them as part of our weekly video time so everyone can enjoy and participate.
What is the ‘end goal’ for a Way Community?
To impact the world by living in Gospel Community. That means growing. That means worshipping. That means serving. Hopefully, there is no ‘end goal’ but just a direction as we follow Jesus together.
What about babies, kids and youth?
The more the merrier. Kids love homes and food as much as adults. We believe that meeting together as ‘families’ is a vital part of a family growing to follow Jesus together. As we grow, we will expect to have groups form based upon ages as well. For instance, once we have several high school students we would hope that one of our families would choose to gather them together once a month (or even more often) to focus a time with them. That leader would be trained and equipped to do this with excellence.
Our leadership will provide teaching and resources that will be fitting for each age and stage.
During regular Way Community gatherings and when we have a mixed group, a part of the meeting time could be used to pull the children together and focus energies upon them.
Do we have to give money in an offering?
You don’t have to do anything. However, a key component in Acts 2 is generosity and sharing. This means more than just financial but it certainly doesn’t mean less. We do hope to pool our resources together to be able to make a huge impact on our city. There will be an opportunity to give online as well as at each meeting. We hope to use these resources to plant other churches and serve our city by meeting real needs. Each month, we will look at at least one way we can partner together to do this. We have begun with a commitment that 20% of our giving goes into a fund to support missions and church planting.
The offering will also pay for church related expenses, staff expenses, bibles and more.
Will their be a membership?
Yes. Membership isn’t required but we believe that a commitment to one another and to following Jesus is best shared by agreeing together on what we believe and how we live. Membership is attained by going through a new member class with one of our pastors or Way Community leaders. Membership is for those who have committed to follow Jesus and His Way and have been scripturally baptized. Click Here to find out more about what we believe and what each member is committed to.