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What if the Future of the Church is Small?

Dear Fellow Disciples,
 
I’m almost finished with Francis Chan’s book, Letters to the Church. It has been a very personally convicting book for me about the possible future of the church.
 
But first, let’s talk video rental stores.
 
When was the last time you went to a Blockbuster video store and rented a movie? I’m not even sure Blockbuster stores exist anymore.
 
And yet, we’re watching more video content than ever. Think: Netflix and YouTube.
 
What if the church is trying too hard to build Blockbuster video stores in a world that’s already moved on to Netflix and YouTube? And what might this have to do with how we “do” church?
 
Chan argues that the future of the church may not look like its recent past: big, buildings and budgets. What if it’s small, spread out and sleek?
 
What if the if the future church looks like Airbnb?
 
The early church was a house church. What if the future is in our (ancient) past?
 
What do you think?
 
Persevering in Prayer,
 
Pastor Matt
 
Memory Verses for the Year of Prayer
Philippians 4:6-7:
Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Book: Letters to the Church
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