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Microchurches Emerge from Gospel Planting

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Why would Jesus tell someone who desperately wants to leave his network to follow him, “No”? Because Jesus is smart. He’s strategic. In fact, if you take a step back and look at the whole story, you see that this was the entire point of going across the lake in the first place! Who saw that coming? Who would have figured that the best dude to reach this whole other group of unreached people would be the brother filled with demons who lives in a cemetery and cuts himself with stones?

That only makes sense in the Kingdom. But that’s Jesus’ strategy of multiplication: He infected this dude, and next, he tells him to go infect others (It’s awesome because this is different from what he tells a lot of Jews that he healed. He often told Jews not to tell anyone about him, because it will be revealed later, but to the unreached he says to go and infect…).

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

Dr. Aila Tasse
Founder and President, Lifeway Mission International

Featured Guests

Dr. Aila Tasse
Dr. Aila is the founder and president of Lifeway Mission International (LMI), and also serves as East Africa Regional Director for New Generations. Aila is a Muslim background believer who founded LMI in 1993. LMI is an indigenous mission organization that works among unreached people groups in East and Horn of Africa. They catalyze Disciple Making Movements (DMMs) as they develop leaders, engage communities with holistic ministries, multiply churches, and serve persecuted believers. Aila leads DMM trainings around the world. He also gives much of his time to mentor and coach DMM leaders, especially in 14 East African countries that range from Sudan to Malawi. Aila was born in Kenya. He is married to Tiru and has two boys and a girl. Aila has two master’s degrees in missions and leadership and a Doctor of  Transformational Leadership degree from Bakke Graduate University in Dallas, Texas.  

Host

Rob Wegner
Rob is a ragamuffin who lives to love Jesus, his wife, his daughters, and his extended spiritual family in his neighborhood. He’s also one of the founding leaders and directors of the Kansas City Underground, a mission agency and decentralized network of microchurches and missional leaders committed to filling Kansas with the beauty, justice, and good news of Jesus. Rob also serves on the Global Leadership Team of NewThing, a global tribe equipping movement-makers in every nation of the world who believe in networking around the Jesus Mission. The Starfish and the Spirit: Unleashing the Leadership Potential of Churches and Organizations is his latest book, which he co-wrote with Lance Ford and Alan Hirsch.
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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