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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.