Mission. Then Community

This article was originally published in 2016. But it contains a foundational principle for 12Church which I hope other churches and small groups will consider.

It’s become apparent to me over the past few years that the idea of forming community and then moving together into mission just doesn’t work.

I’ve seen this idea fail in small groups, in traditional churches and even in house churches.

One large church that tried this approach for several years finally concluded that, at least in their context, the move from community to mission never happened. Not rarely happened. Never happened.

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