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The Phases of a Microchurch Leader

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If we do not know to whom we have been sent, we will never become effective disciple-makers. If we do not make disciples, we will not see the Church continue to emerge. Without clarity on our own personal calling in disciple-making, we can only hope that the work we do for Jesus results in some good. Brian Sanders says, “Calling stands in the middle of our tangible submission to Jesus as Lord and our work of mission to see others make the same commitment.” 

In this webinar, the Microchurch NEXT team will interview Brian Sanders, one of the founders of the Tampa Underground, exploring the six phases of a microchurch leader. The conversation will center on calling and how that changes, shifts, and is clarified throughout one’s life.

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

Brian Sanders

Featured Guests

Brian Sanders
Brian is the founder and Executive Director of the Underground Network, a new form of church designed and empowered for mission. A serial entrepreneur, Brian has helped to start hundreds of missional enterprises, including churches, non-profits, and businesses all over the world. Based in Tampa, the Underground now has movement hubs in 10 cities and 5 countries. Brian holds a degree in communication from the University of Florida, a Masters Degree from the University of South Florida in Religious Studies and a Masters in Applied Theology from Spurgeon's College, University of Wales. He lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife Monica and their six children.

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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Annual
Free
  • 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

Annual
$ 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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Annual
$ 450
  • 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