This is the Church4 era

[vc_row full_width=”stretch_row” gap=”5″ content_placement=”top” css=”.vc_custom_1657643869775{padding-top: 2.5% !important;padding-right: 5% !important;padding-bottom: 2.5% !important;padding-left: 5% !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/4″ offset=”vc_hidden-xs”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]As we now live in a digital-first reality, we believe that ministry is in the Church4 era.

We call this the, “maker-centric church” – seeing life as an inherently creative effort.

So, Church4 is less of another (vertical) institution or organization, but more of a platform – enabling every life to be a kind of ministry and every person to be a kind of minister.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_accordion style=”square-hfiller-inverted”][vc_accordion_tab title=”Church1 was the “Early Church”” tab_id=”1656026922357-89f56875-391e16b4-3a4f” additional=”%5B%7B%7D%5D”][vc_column_text]Church1 was a collection of communities of disciples that formed soon after Jesus’ death with:

  • a lack of a formal central authority or consolidated “orthodoxy.”
  • discipleship through participation in relatively smaller groups of “believers.”

[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Church2 was the “State-sponsored Church”” tab_id=”1656026922371-c6a61e58-99d016b4-3a4f” additional=”%5B%7B%7D%5D”][vc_column_text]As Church2 was / is an institution (and even agent) of an existing civil authority, it is marked by:

  • a formalized central authority and “orthodoxy.”
  • support from (or enablement by) the civil or governmental authority.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Church3 is the “Nonprofit Church”” tab_id=”1656027053064-e6ec2007-82b516b4-3a4f” additional=”%5B%7B%7D%5D”][vc_column_text]Church3 (predominant in the United States) holds the legal designation of 501c3, it is marked by:

  • an emphasis on the beliefs and practices as prescribed by the Church.
  • a reliance on committee-based decision-making and volunteers.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title=”Church4 is the “Maker-centric Church”” tab_id=”1656027079588-5532ab4a-f53616b4-3a4f” additional=”%5B%7B%7D%5D”][vc_column_text]Church4 is not necessarily emerging, but being more readily defined and described with an:

  • association through network, not necessarily affiliation through membership.
  • ongoing construction of beliefs and practices by the individual.

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