Section A: I Am = Us for Them There

Complex Network of Churches

The resources we need for spiritual growth are embedded in our relationships - our "us" and our "them." This maxim of interdependence is true at an individual level, but also at a church level. Thus, to be fully understood, a single distributed church must operate within the context of the network of churches. Distributed churches do not function in an isolated fashion, but rather are designed for cooperation, interdependence and linking together. These are key aspects of a distributed church’s DNA.

The small, authentic community provides the ideal environment for spiritual formation and Christian witness, but the full mission is too big to be accomplished by a single distributed church. Thus, we not only orient ourselves for those outside our group, but also partner together with those outside our extended family. To make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19-20), to be Christ’s witnesses to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8), and to see the whole earth filled with the knowledge of the Glory of God (Habbakuk 2:14) requires the mutual participation and cooperation by all.

The network is also a way to ensure sound doctrine and protect against heresy or rogue leaders. The need for cross-pollination is a part of the fabric of God's design for the universe. Isolation whether in plants or distributed churches, increases the likelihood for poor health. So, distributed churches link with one another through every element of the network.

It is as a network of churches that we again reflect the identity of I Am = Us For Them There.