Definitions may vary depending on your background, so before simply defining a micro church, let's go back to the beginning.  The root meaning of "church" is not that of a building, but of people.  The church is the body of Christ, of which He is the head, and is often referred to as either the universal church or the local church.

The universal church consists of everyone, everywhere, who is following Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord.  “For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink” (1 Corinthians 12:13).  This is the big picture view of the Church; from every spiritually adopted son and daughter of God, to "Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them" (Matthew 18:20).

The local church worship gathering is a community of people who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, who are committed to gather regularly for worship, teaching, fellowship, and prayer (Acts 2:42-47), and are sent on mission to make disciples of all people. All of this is done under the authority of the head of the Church, Jesus Christ, and under the authority of Biblically qualified leadership.  Paul specifically addresses local churches throughout Galatia in his letter (Galatians 1).

We see micro churches simply as a subset of the local church, primarily consisting of disciples (someone who is pursuing Jesus, becoming like Jesus, and committed to the mission of Jesus) who are pursuing life together on mission in community to make disciples.  

What is a Micro Church?

WORSHIP GATHERING RHYTHMS - whether it is as individual micro churches, or collectively as a larger local church, we gather regularly to worship God, study the Scriptures, pray,  fellowship, and pursue mission in community 
First Sunday of every month - all of our micro churches gather together for “Family Worship” where we share, worship, and celebrate. Download our App for the next location
Second thru fourth Sundays - our micro churches gather (anywhere from 5-30 adults plus kids) meet in homes throughout our community to worship together.  

MICRO CHURCH ENVIRONMENTS - although each micro church may have unique characteristics, especially in regard to mission, you can generally expect the following "spaces" in all of them as they gather for worship:
➡️ Fellowship space - We see the church as a family, and healthy families talk, laugh, cry, and eat together (most all of our MCs eat a meal either before or after)
➡️ Worship space - We have broadened our definition of  'worship' to include sharing, confessing, praying, reading, singing, giving and other creative ways to spotlight our deep love and need for Jesus Christ.  This includes dedicated and intentional worship/teaching space for kids of every age (this is contextualized and creatively pursued in each micro church).
➡️ Teaching space - As another element to worship, there is usually a Bible-based, Christ-centered message given either live or streamed.  (All of our sermons/teachings are available to stream via our website, as well as most social and podcasting platforms)
➡️ Processing space - Following the teaching, we utilize a method commonly known as Discovery Bible Study to discuss and process what the Bible says together.
(while remaining under the eldership of Northstar Pulaski)

MISSION - every follower of Jesus is called to the primary mission of making disciples who make disciples.  This is the life on mission Jesus calls us to.
Fifth Sunday weekends  - At least four weekends a year, our micro churches will either 'serve' and/or 'party' together as prayerfully strategic and intentional ways to engage the community around us.

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Our vision behind Micro Churches?

Check out this video from our pastor, Dave Farris. He provides the heart and vision that God laid on his heart in the summer of 2020.

Are Micro Churches biblical?

For many, their personal experiences with 'church' do not resemble what we read about the Church in the Bible

I still have more questions:

Ever since unveiling Northstar Pulaski’s call to a micro church model in Fall of 2020, we have been inviting people to freely ask questions about this direction, which sounds radical to anyone who has grown up in a traditional church model.  We hope the information above will help you gain more understanding about what our rhythm looks like, how the benefits can far outweigh the sacrifices, and more importantly how this will serve as a catalyst for our spiritual growth as disciples who make disciples.

If you still have questions, we invite you to reach out on one of our social media pages or via email at office@northstarpulaski.org

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