Why call it ‘church’?
1. Church means a gathering not a building. Jesus said two or three gathered in His name constituted a quorum as He is present.
a. If we argue that a church meeting has to be big in order to be legitimate, then how big is big? Should it be every believer in an area? Should it be every week?
b. The early church met in houses. There is no indication that they always had to group in larger meetings. They did pass resources back and forth (letters, offerings) and received visits from bishops/overseers. In other words they were well networked.
2. Just because a gathering is “churching”, it does not mean it is a denomination.
a. There is one body just as there is one head. No exclusivity implied by any one gathering. Belong to the community or communities of faith of your choice.
b. We encourage participation in multiple gatherings, give to multiple ministries, serve in diverse responsibilities. We believe it’s more important to actually use your gifts than where it is that you use them.
c. Network church will not take offerings, have a budget, own buildings or appoint leaders with titles. We are not competing with anybody. Participants have to figure that out for themselves.
d. We are simply a place to gather to pursue discipleship learning. It can be as short as a one-time micro-team event, like the four friends lowering their paralyzed friend through the roof to Jesus. Participate, if the learning-event will help the learner to be an agent, collaboratively connecting to take kingdom risks. If not, then don’t.
3. Anyone can propose a networkchurch idea (pitch) or communicate their interest in joining (swing at the idea). We set up the churching space and see what happens. It is everyone’s job to own the activity, more deeply network and take kingdom risks.