[a post from April 2015]
Okay, so that’s our paraphrase of a quote I read from Neil Cole. I think I read it first in ORGANIC CHURCH but I also found it when I read CHURCH 3.0. Cole says on page 183,
“We want to lower the bar of how we do church so everyone can do it, and raise the bar of what it means to be a disciple so that everyone will do it.”
Don’t get me wrong, I love Sunday morning worship. Singing, drama, corporate prayer, testimonies, preaching have all had a big impact on me. It’s like my parents, it’s where I come from. I’m a product of 40 years of Sunday mornings in church.
But I don’t see our Sunday morning worship based church culture making disciples of the majority of our neighbours and friends. Stats in North America say anywhere form 60 to 90% of our people have no contact or use for Sunday morning congregational church. Our call as believers is to make disciples. And while some people are being reached in Sunday morning congregations the majority are not. So we need other options. That’s what led us to start Diaspora.
Our mission to reach out to people in the 60 to 90%. We’re looking for the ones who won’t come to a church for a Sunday service. So we don’t put on a well crafted Sunday service. Our mission is to make disciples who makes disciples. Many churches would claim that as their mission.
…church happening around the kitchen table or in the living room…
Picture church happening around the kitchen table, or in the living room, in the street, at the arena or mall. Church happening where life happens. Disciplemaking taking place in the wherever, whenever and with whoever of life.