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Sunday, bloody Sunday

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : September 14, 2004

Missio Dei is a chimera. We’re stubbornly trying to be mostly a house church movement, but also have a Sunday gathering. This may be foolish, but I belive there are benefits to a large gathering–it brings momentum, creativity, networking, and can be a sort of starting place for many people. The problem is, it takes a good deal of energy to do a big meeting. Energy that could be spent elsewhere. Is it a waste of time and energy to try to have the best of both worlds? Perhaps. Perhaps we’re making a mistake, and we’ll decide in a few months to have a central gathering only once a month (or twice).

It was Xenos that sold me on the idea of having a Central Gathering. It really helps them focus on their vision, give them the shared mass to do things that a regular house group network could never do, and provide a time for a group to hear preaching (you can’t really preach to a small group of people).

So here’s the challenge I’m facing: how do I make the big meeting serve the small ones? How do I decentralize a central meeting? How do I keep it from being a resource mosquito?

Mark Van Steenwyk is the general editor of Jesus Manifesto. He is a Mennonite pastor (Missio Dei in Minneapolis), writer, speaker, and grassroots educator. He lives in South Minneapolis with his wife (Amy), son (Jonas) and some of their friends.


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