What Makes a Micro Church a Church?

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Featuring Brian Sanders, Jason Shepperd, and Dave Edwards

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Minimalist Mega and Micro
Episode 3 — What Makes a Micro Church a Church?

What constitutes a church? What is the difference between a small group of people who gather, and a small church that gathers?

In this episode, we will discuss the important clarifications that make a church a church, and separate it from a group of any kind.

Featured Guest

Brian Sanders

Founder of the Underground Network

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Featured Guest

Brian Sanders

As a serial entrepreneur, Brian has helped to start hundreds of missional enterprises, including churches, nonprofits, and businesses all over the world. Most notably, Brian is the founder and former Executive Director of the Underground Network; an international coalition of churches united by the prophetic call to love the poor, reach the lost and seek biblical justice. Based in Tampa, the Underground now has movement hubs in 17 cities and 7 countries.

Brian holds degrees in Communication (BA, University of Florida), Religion (MA, University of South Florida) and Applied Theology (MA, Spurgeon’s College, London). He is the author of 6 books including Life After Church: God’s Call to Disillusioned Christians (IVP, 2007), Underground Church (Zondervan, 2018) and Microchurches: A Smaller Way (UGM, 2019). Brian and his wife Monica have 6 children, 4 adults and 2 still living at home. They have just returned to Tampa after living and working for the last 2 years in Dublin Ireland.

Dr. Melissa Patton

Dr. Melissa Patton serves as the Chief Operations Officer at both Victory Church and The Victory Corporation. She is an impassioned educator as well as an innovative and thriving entrepreneur. Melissa has devoted a lifetime to assisting people to better understand their purpose and potential through the vehicles of education, business development, and strategic planning. She received a bachelor’s degree in English and creative writing from Drake University, a master’s degree in community counseling from Concordia University, and a doctor of education degree in higher education and organizational change from Benedictine University. She's married to Pastor Stanley and they have two sons Micah and Mason Patton.

Co-Hosts

Jason Shepperd

Jason Shepperd is the Lead Pastor of Church Project in The Woodlands, TX, a "Church of House Churches" that he formed in 2009, and started in 2010. He is also the Founder of Church Project Network, a coalition of churches working to change the way people see Christ, Christians and the Church.

Jason Bowman

Jason lives outside of St. Louis with his wife Ashley and their two children. He is passionate about helping people live life to the fullest. His 20 years of ministry experience include: National Young Adult ministry, church planting, as well as staff roles at large growing churches. As a founding partner at ArtSpeak Creative he has helped the agency grow from 2 to over 15 team members helping hundreds of organizations across the country and around the world cultivate their stories of life change. As a certified speaker, consultant, and coach on the John Maxwell Team, Jason has personally worked with for-profit executives and some of the largest ministries in the country. His personal story of radical life change sets a foundation to come alongside any person and any organization and help them grow.

Dave Edwards

Dave Edwards serves as Pastor of Discipleship at Church Project in The Woodlands, TX. Dave travels the world full time, speaking in churches, Christian conferences, and corporations, igniting positive change. Dave is the author of 26 books and a multi-talented communicator with more than 25 years of experience.

We are better together!

“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
John 17:22-23

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