Section A: I Am = Us for Them There

Unifying Attributes

The highly contextual nature of relationships and cultures make it necessary for great freedom in form. Distributed churches are developed around biblical principles, not specific procedures and rules. The New Testament writers understood this. So, the goal isn't to develop a list of uniform should's and how to's, but rather to identify the right principles that can be applied in any context. The goal of this Field Guide is not to answer every question, but rather to pose the key questions that need to be answered in your situation.

In the midst of this vast diversity of form, there are still patterns that emerge. Healthy distributed churches display unifying attributes. The writers of the Scriptures often refer to the church as the body of Christ. Just as no one body looks identical to another, we still find consistent attributes that are likely present in a healthy body.

A distributed church…