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Who Can Lead a Microchurch?

Microchurch NEXT

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THIS WEEK’S EPISODE

Church leadership has often been confined to a select few. In fact, the idea of “calling” has often been reserved for a select class of Christians we have labeled “the professionals.” As we explore the microchurch paradigm, we will have to be more creative when we consider the question, “Who can lead?” In this webinar with Stacy Gaskins, the Microchurch NEXT team will explore the question of leadership. Stacy is part of the Underground Network’s international planting team where her primary work is to equip movement leaders. That will then plant missional hubs to empower everyday missionaries in their cities.  Locally, she is part of a home based microchurch and does mentoring, street and club outreach with Created; a microchurch to vulnerable women in the sex industry in Tampa, Florida.

THE RETURN OF THE MICROCHURCH

The missional conversation in the West has been snowballing for decades. Leslie Newbigin, who is considered by many to be the instigator of this conversation, posed the question in his book Foolishness to the Greeks, “What would be involved in a missionary encounter between the gospel and this whole way of perceiving, thinking, and living that we call ‘modern Western culture’?” We’ve been wrestling with that question for 40 years. Over the last two decades, pioneering efforts in the missional movement have been made with the mixed results expected of early experimentation. Now, mature forms of microchurch movements are emerging. COVID-19 has demonstrated the fragility of the predominant forms of Church, which has created a surging interest in simpler forms of the Church led by ordinary people. 

Of course, microchurch is not a new form of the Church, but the most ancient one. A compelling case can be made that the microchurch is the original design within the pages of the New Testament. In addition, it is also the primary expression of the Church in the most significant disciple-making movements on the planet today, in places like India and China. Now is the time for us in the West to return to the microchurch for biblical, cultural, and missiological reasons. 

Join Leadership Network this year for a series of catalytic conversations with leading practitioners. And follow this move of the Spirit that is bringing about the return of the microchurch.

Featured Guests

Stacy Gaskins
International Planting Team | Underground Network

Featured Guests

Stacy Gaskins
Stacy Gaskins is part of the Underground Network’s international planting team where her primary work is to equip movement leaders to plant missional hubs that will empower everyday missionaries in their cities. Locally she is part of a home-based microchurch and does mentoring, street and club outreach with Created — a microchurch to vulnerable women in the sex industry in Tampa, Florida. Stacy has been part of the Tampa Underground since it began 20 years ago and has served as a microchurch coach and Governing Elder. Previously, she served as the Regional Director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA in the state of Florida, leading the staff team in planting student movements.

Host

Brian Johnson
Brian serves as one of the founders and directors of the Kansas City Underground, a mission agency and decentralized network of missionaries and microchurches in Kansas City. KCU’s 40-year vision is to have a missionary on every street and a microchurch in every network of relationships, connecting with training hubs throughout the city, saturating Kansas City with the beauty, justice, and good news of Jesus. Brian, his wife Kristen, and their five kids live as missionaries in their neighborhood, seeking to build an extended spiritual family there.

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  • Weekly LIVE shows with thought leaders, practitioners and authors
  • NEW Community Platform
  • Annual online summits and other special events
  • Participate in groups with other leaders

Plus

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$ 170
  • Everything included in Basic
  • Live Q&A with presenters
  • 2022 Empowered Digital Access Pass ($99 value)
  • Four more Digital Access Passes during the year ($396 value)
  • Additional discounts and resources

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  • Everything included in Multipliers PLUS
  • Full archive of Digital Access Passes ($1850+ value)
  • Workshops with presenters
  • Create your own groups
  • 1 Ticket to EX Orlando 2023 or 2 Tickets to a 2022 Regional