Episode 317: Multi-Housing Ministry

How do you share the big picture of a unified body when the church frequently meets in smaller groups?

In Episode 317 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Ed continue their mini series where they answer questions submitted via Office Hours, a perk of being a Plus Member. On this episode, they discuss how to cast vision to the larger group gathering when the church’s primary means of gathering is home groups. Here is today’s question:

In planting in a new apartment community – where our primary means of gathering will be home groups – what is the best way to consistently communicate with the whole body? How do you share the big picture of a unified body when we will be somewhat scattered?

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • Different places of gathering 
  • The pros and cons of frequently meeting together in home groups versus large group gatherings 
  • The purpose of the broader gathering 
  • How technology can help you cast vision and stay in touch with the smaller gatherings 

Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches):

  • The meetings in apartments are small churches – functionally and theologically. – @edstetzer
  • The purpose of the broader gathering is not to be the church at that one time; that would undermine the weekly meetings. – @edstetzer
  • The priority of the broader gathering is to cast the vision and share the DNA of the church, so that they can continue to be the churches that they are, during the rest of month when they gather in smaller settings. – @edstetzer 
  • Today, you can be high-tech and high-touch. – @danielsangi
  • You need to continually find ways to cast vision and help people understand that they are the same church. – @danielsangi
  • You are building a community of common vision, concern, and direction. – @edstetzer
  • You are a part of something bigger than yourself. – @edstetzer

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