Frequently, I bump against friends from what has called itself “The Parish Collective.” These folks are passionate about being the church with a sense of ‘place.’ Who are we to our neighborhood? What is the heart of Father for our place? It’s a question that more house churches should be asking. Do we matter here? Are we Jesus, the body of Christ, in our neighborhood? Good question. It needs an answer.
If you’ve known me for very long, you’ve probably heard me say something like, “If Jesus has promised to be in the midst of as few as two or three, then I believe it’s better for Jesus to be in a 100 places among 10 than only one place among a 1000.” My point is this: if we are serious about introducing the world to our Lord, we have to take His incarnational message to it. We need to plant communities of disciples; people among whom Jesus has come to dwell — a church planting movement that leaves behind it disciple-making communities. To do that, we have to be mobile, lithe and limber. We can’t be burdened by property and payrolls. Shane Claiborne speaks to that idea in an interview: