Friday, September 26, 2003

More on Multiplying Networks
Neil Cole, Mike Steele, and Tony Dale all have agreed that networks of house churches seem to grow to 15 or 20. I think we've seen here in Vegas that house churches are at their best when they are under 20 people (more like a family than an event). Perhaps it now follows that networks are at their best when they are under 20 churches. When the churches were too big, we started new churches, and each church seemed to get better (usually). Perhaps now we must start new networks, which will potentially make each network better.

How is the next question. Do we focus on Missoula, Reno, Phoenix, etc. as our future networks? Or do we begin to see (not force, but see) what networks are emerging here in Vegas? Do we have a whole new level of de-centralizing ahead (this time de-centralizing networks, not just churches) ?

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

On the Verge of a Breakthrough?
The other day I wondered to myself and my friends: "Has any house church network in North America yet grown to 50 churches in one city?" If not, why?

I e-mailed that question to three men who know more about what is happening with house churches around the nation then I. One has replied that he does not know of any, and he is asking the same question. He hinted that we may need to focus on multiplying networks of house churches, because healthy house church networks seem to be under 20 house churches (both here and abroad).

As he and others unpack this, I am feeling for the first time in a long time that I/we may be on the verge of discovering what God has for us next in this journey of God & His church. More to come . . . .