Many who stand outside the ‘church network world’ often ask, Why Networks? What’s so special and appealing? With that launching point, let’s dive in.
I believe the formation church networks in today’s world is not by chance. They are not the church bus fad of the 21st century. They are not just a ‘cool boys club’. They have real meaning and purpose. So why networks? We’ve had only denominations for all these years – aren’t they good enough?
Well, to be honest – no they’re not. I believe denominations have their place and can be beneficial, but networks provide a less bureaucratic, more relational partnership for ministry. Because of the size, and often excess structure, of a denomination genuine relationships are very difficult to foster. This doesn’t mean we eliminate denominations, but I’ll talk about that more in my next post. On the other hand, a network is almost always created through relationship. It is the foundation for partnership.
Scripture is very clear in stating the importance of doing life (and ministry) in community with others – this is ultimately what networks strive to provide. It is the partnering of like-minded individuals toward a common goal. Pooling resources to accomplish more then you could possibly do on your own.
What do you think? Are church networks all they’re cracked up to be?