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The Phases of a Microchurch Leader

April 5, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT



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 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.


April 5, 2022
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
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