Section A: I Am = Us for Them There

Elements of the Network

Distributed Church

A group of people who are choosing to focus their lives on Jesus in such a way that their very existence, activities, and conversations proclaim the good news of God. Connected to a network of churches and committed to one another, a distributed church is a spiritual family whose identity and arrangement is centered on who God is, what He has done, and what He calls the church to be and do in this world. Led by Church Leaders.

Cluster

A group of distributed churches linked together through overlapping leadership for common purpose and shared resources. The basis of the cluster could be geography, ethnicity (for example, immigrants who all speak the same language), life stage, denominational affiliation, or another common bond that leads to mutual participation. Most often clusters form naturally as a result of geography or because a church multiplies and are self-organizing. Led by Cluster Leaders.

Resource Center

An equipping center for the distributed churches and the network, as well as a mechanism to deliver central resources to people and organizations that cannot solely be provided in the distributed churches and/or clusters. This would include assets of church development such as large worship gatherings, Life Hope, children’s curriculum, technological tools, advanced Pastoral care, training resources for distributed church leaders, etc.

Apostolic Team

A group of guiding leaders focused on helping churches get formed and established, shaping them and building them into strong networks, and correcting error or replacing leaders where necessary. The apostolic team operates within the local context, but is primarily focused on the expansion of the network.

The nature of God establishes the ideal identity, the definition and other tools give us clarity of direction, and the network finishes the framework. We have the navigational tools to get where God has called us. Now, we build up the distributed church.