One of the core ingredients we hope to build into our church culture is reproducibility. By that I mean not just that we ‘multiply’ / plant other churches, but that we make it very possible to do so.

I have a sense that some of our younger leaders may not be stepping up to the plate to plant churches because it looks like such hard work to lead a church, run a funky Sunday gig and do all that goes with it. When you’re part of a highly succesful large church it would be easy to think ‘there’s no way I could ever do this’.

Tonight we met for church/team meeting and experimented with a very simple process that encapsulated the various elements of what I sense a church should be.

Read on if you’d like to know what happened…

There were three activities for the evening, each to last around 20 minutes (because church should only go for an hour) that had a different focus. We split into three smaller groups and took it in turns to enter each activity.

Meditation / Silence

• Have someone read the passage of scripture aloud, then leave it where it is visible. Take some time to reflect on what God may want to say to you thru it
• If you find it hard to reflect then simply ask what words or phrases resonate with you? What might God want to say thru them
• If you want to pray aloud responsively then do so in the final 5 minutes of the time

2 Cor 4:3-9 {3} And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. {4} The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. {5} For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. {6} For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. {7} But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. {8} We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; {9} persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

Prayer for One Another

You might want to use these questions to listen to one another.

• What’s going on in your life at the moment?

• Where are you feeling alive?

• Where are you struggling?

Pray for one another

Prayer for our Community

As you walk around the streets share some stories of what God is doing in your relationships with local people and pray for them as you speak of them.


Pretty simple hey?

As I said, its supposed to be very reproducible, so literally anyone could say ‘hey I can do that!’ or some variation of it. Yet in those three activities there was direct God interaction, worship, life sharing / one anothering, scripture, mission, prayer etc etc.

I’m not at all trying to say this is a great ‘wow’ type of plan, but people often email me and ask, ‘so what do you do?’ Well… there you go!

My reflection on the experiences were that 20 mins at each place was barely enough – 40 would have been better – but then church would have gone for longer than hour and that would have stuffed everything up!

Oh… just realised, we didn’t sing so maybe it wasn’t really church after all?…

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