Finding the Balance between Gathering for Church and Scattering for Church

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Guest post by Hugh Halter

This email just came to me from a pastor who has taken the missional community bug pretty seriously over the last five years.  He’s now wrestling with a question we get asked over and over. Maybe it is something you’re wrestling with as well.

Ken says, “I wanted to asked you what you learned about the gathering dimension of your community especially the every week worship pros and cons. We only meet all together once per month and I’m rethinking my hard stance on not “over celebrating” and would love your thoughts. Secondly. How do you keep folks from wearing out in mission? I. E. How do you keep a high bar for mission and support your leaders and core teams?”

My response: To answer the how we support our leaders, core teams, missional community leaders, we do an every 8 week village leader gathering to keep them visioned up, loved on, and do group coaching. So far that’s been enough. We also offer “coaching” whenever the leaders just need more of our time.  Most take us up on this once or twice a year but Matt and I see them informally all the time so we have a pretty good idea how they’re doing.

*As far as helping people not wear out, I think you have to coach them and ask them why they are so tired. Are they naturally integrating life with lost people into normal daily experience or are they over programming even their community time.  The biggest issue we see is people getting too intense about their weekly community. They drive it like a mega-church pastor has to drive program!