This is a followup to a previous post, 7 Things We’ve Learned in Seven Years. By this shall all men know you are my disciples in that you have love one for another. The sixth principle is that…
Disciple multiplying movements are ALWAYS relational before they’re organizational
Love is not an organization. The bride of Christ—the body of Christ, the church—is not an organization. My first childhood memory (I was maybe three or four years of age) is my Dad dropping me off at the orphanage. My mom had died as a result of a house fire and I had no family willing to take me in. The feeling of abandonment watching my father drive away was a horrible experience. When I came to faith I realized I loved other followers of Jesus. We know we have passed from death to life because we love one another.
“Love is not an organization.”
After receiving training in the basic multiplicative patterns of disciples making disciples and home churches in March 2013, I went home to Tampa and started the first simple home church with my wife Stacy in our home. Since that time we have seen literally thousands of these simple multiplying home churches emerge around the world. It starts with a disciple making another disciple. However, obedient disciples then group together to form churches where the goal is for everyone to obey. This leads to disciples making disciples and multiplying churches.
As the preceding occurs, there becomes a need for administration and operations (organization) of resources for the work of the ministry. This does not require the formation of a parachurch or 501(c)(3) entity. We, as followers of Jesus, are the church. And while God has, can and will use parachurch organizations, they are not a requirement to obey all Jesus has commanded us to do. In many cases they can actually retard progress and create dependency.
“We, as followers of Jesus, are the church.”
A major issue is that churches actually began to outsource to parachurch organizations the missionary mandate to make disciples of all nations and training them to obey all His commandments. The process and systems of Church As We Know It were adopted by these parachurch organizations with a different focus. We have to identify and be churches and obey as churches from micro to macro. We cannot manage movement organizationally.
Act’s 1:8 has the order right:
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come UPON you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and UNTO the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8, KJV, emphasis mine)
We must have intimacy with God and kingdom community with one another in order to multiply it. It is ALWAYS relational before it’s organizational.
“We cannot manage movement organizationally.”