Model Remodel

The discussion for my church community’s ministry model continues to move forward. Following some suggestions for a clearly seen process and greater simplicity in regards to the last model, the latest example (above/click to enlarge) is up for target practice.

Though this ongoing discussion may seem like splitting hairs, the process has been fruitful in creating strategic commonality and future, resource alignment in how we desire to honor our values through disciple-making.

A few things to note:

  • This model shows the key step for any person is to get into a community group (ABF/HABF), where we feel it is the best environment for holistic growth (bible, care, service).
  • Currently this model elevates our community groups above our corporate worship environment, which counters our historic culture of having the worship experience trump any other environment.
  • The specialized equipping and care segment allows for seasonal opportunities for people desiring deeper study opportunities (i.e. graduate studies) or specific care and support needs (i.e., divorce recovery, addictions, etc.)
  • The mission segment allows for more corporate endeavors of missional initiatives such as our projects in India, Mozambique, and locally, with Urban Ministries. (though all community groups will have a local and global partnership integrated into their DNA).
  • The entire model would be our discipleship plan…not just the center piece.

In regards to the last post on this subject, it was clear from the feedback that the former model was too complicated.

Further thoughts?


~ by Dave Smith on October 22, 2008.

9 Responses to “Model Remodel”

  1. dude…i love it. much, much better than the previous one. simple & challenging, easy to grasp, hard to practice, but worth the challenge.

  2. I don’t know, man. It just seems too… simple.

    Aren’t you proposing a MODEL (community groups) and saying that one model will fit everyone, regardless of background, gifting, personality, or the Holy Spirit’s unique work in their life?


  3. Rich…I hate you.

  4. Okay…you know I don’t.

    Well said. You got me on that one. You must have been just relishing the moment as you posted that one!

    We definitley have to come to some focal point! My hope is that is formulaic at the macro-level, allowing organic growth to take course within the mirco-level.

    But overall, yea, you are definitely right on this one. (Insert foot into mouth)

  5. It is nice to have a simple model, and you’ve achieved that I think.

    However, have you read this?

    His premise is that not everyone ultimately finds the community they are seeking in “community groups” or other derivatives. Consequently, it challenges the notion that community groups (or derivatives) should be the centerpiece of the church. I read this book last semester, and it certainly shook me up a bit, because I love small groups.

    It’s definitely worth reading – or at least finding the cliff notes online somewhere.

  6. Hey Ben,

    Yea, I read it a few years ago. Pretty good read. I have talked to others where that book really changed their view of community. One guy I know when and saw the author speak, and he now leads his ABF in a completely different manner.


  7. […] team of individuals to aid in the development of new and aligned practices that best supports our ministry model (with energy, habits, resources, etc.).  Through this process I stumbled upon Ed Barrows’ […]

  8. Any idea who that guy was? I would like to meet him?

  9. Some weirdo. I forget his name. He is into sleep and pizza now.

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