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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 to return to the microchurch in the West for biblical, cultural, and missiological reasons.

The Microchurch Next Summit is Leadership Network’s online conference where we will explore:

    1. What is a microchurch?

    2. Why microchurches and where can it  lead?

    3. Where do we begin to make transitions?

4 AREAS OF FOCUS

  • MICROCHURCHES: WHAT ARE THEY AND WHY ARE THEY NEEDED?

    What is a microchurch? Are they just small groups by a different name? How are they distinct from small groups? What are the cultural, missiological and biblical reasons to engage microchurches?

  • ACTIVATING ORDINARY PEOPLE IN EVERYDAY MISSION FIELDS

    Our cities are made up of thousands of unique people groups. Asking people to leave their cultural pockets to attend weekend gatherings reverses the missionary flow of God’s people. What happens in a city when all of God’s people are activated to be disciple-makers in the networks of relationships in which they already exist?

  • LAUNCHING MICROCHURCH MOVEMENTS

    In recent days, post Covid, there has been a sea change in the world of “church planting.” Five to ten years ago, virtually all planters and church planting organizations were focused almost exclusively on the legacy model of church planting, often known as “launch large.” Now, a surging number of young leaders have different dreams and aspirations, “How do we launch a decentralized network of disciple-makers and microchurches in our city?” Where do we begin? How does a microchurch movement start up? What about money and financial viability? What about children, students, and families? What about elders or concerns for doctrinal error spreading?

  • TRANSITIONING TOWARD MICROCHURCH

    More and more church leaders are wanting to start a “skunk works'' R&D department, and/or a parallel pathway to develop missional leaders, who can lead micro-expressions of the church, either within a current congregation or as an extension of it. Many churches have attempted this missional transition, and most would say it has had mixed results. Many would also tell you that it was very difficult, often fraught with discouraging crosswinds, and many times the fruit was limited. However, more and more fruitful experiments are emerging in our time from within the prevailing model. Join us for a panel discussion with some innovators in starting a microchurch movement within the predominant (traditional) model.

microchurch Summit schedule

  • Welcome: Brian Johnson and Rob Wegner, Directors of Microchurch NEXT
  • Definition of Microchurch (Part 1): Rob Wegner and Brian Johnson
  • Definition of Microchurch (Part 2): Brian Sanders
  • Q&A: Microchurch team
  • Why Microchurches?: Tomy Wilkerson, Stacy Gaskin, Hugh Halter
  • Introduction: Rob Wegner and Brian Johnson
  • Example #1: KCU – Missionary Pathway – Bre Wiebe
  • Example #2: Mission Church – Five H – Myron Pierce
  • Example #3: Channel Church – Dori Yuen
  • From within the Predominant Model: Dave Ferguson & Rodrigo Cano
  • From within the Predominant Model: Joel Repic
  • Video Game Church: DJ Soto, VR/MMO Church
  • Q&A: Microchurch Team
  • From the Streets: Peyton Jones

microchurch SUMMIT SPEAKERS

An unparalleled lineup of practitioners to guide you through these conversations.

Bre Wiebe

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Brian Sanders

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Dori Yuen

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Hugh Halter

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Joel Repic

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Tomy Wilkerson

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Peyton Jones

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Rodrigo Cano

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Stacy Gaskins

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Dave Ferguson

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Myron Pierce

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Not Just a Tech Talk!
Sure, we’ll explore the idea of the metaverse as a mission field and the technology surrounding that, but we’re going to dive deep into the theology of a church operating in the metaverse. Quite frankly, we’re asking a lot of questions that have not been asked.  Then… wait for it… We will be sharing real stories of those pioneering churches and individuals innovating in the metaverse. 

Leadership Network is always interested in pioneers. Our metaverse pioneers are the people who first asked the hard theological questions, and then, after prayerful consideration, launched strategies into this new mission field. We can learn a lot from them!

And hopefully along the way we’ll inspire churches like yours, maybe even people like you, to see the potential to disciple and multiply in the metaverse. The harvest is plenty, and the workers are few.

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Meet the directors of microchurch next

Rob Wegner

Rob is a ragamuffin who lives to love Jesus, his wife, his daughters, and his extended spiritual family in his neighborhood.  He’s also one of the founding leaders and directors of the Kansas City Underground, a mission agency and decentralized network of microchurches and missional leaders committed to filling Kansas with the beauty, justice, and Good News of Jesus.  Rob also serves on the Global Leadership Team of NewThing, a global tribe equipping catalytic leaders in every nation of the world who believe in building networks around the Jesus Mission. 

The Starfish and the Spirit: Unleashing the Leadership Potential of Churches and Organizations is his latest book, which he co-wrote with Lance Ford and Alan Hirsch.

Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson serves as one of the founders and directors of the Kansas City Underground, a mission agency and decentralized network of missionaries and microchurches in Kansas City. KCU’s forty-year vision is to have a missionary on every street and a microchurch in every network of relationships, connecting with training Hubs throughout the city, saturating Kansas City with the beauty, justice, and Good News of Jesus.

Brian and his wife Kristen live as missionaries with their five kids in their neighborhood, seeking to build an extended spiritual family there.