We are somewhat reluctant to talk about ourselves here. This is because we firmly believe that The Neighbourhood is really not about us. It is about the stories of the microchurches that will be told and it is about how Jesus wants to establish reconciliation, justice, wholeness and beauty (the kingdom of God) right here in our city and in fact the whole world.
In late 2019 we felt our purpose was to establish a new church in Perth, but that it was not going to look like church as we typically know it. Over the next few months we slowly unlocked the heart of what this new thing might be. We talked with many old and new friends, in and out of the church, about what they believed innovation in the church might look like today. We also wrestled with questions about the relevance of the church today.
Why aren’t people interested in going to church in Australia?
If people are the church, why does so much money go into maintaining buildings, staff and events?
Is volunteering the same as living out a purpose or calling?
Is a Sunday service gathering the best expression of church today?
Are our churches doing enough to serve justice for the vulnerable and marginalised in our society?
Why isn’t society curious about what we believe?
How do we lead the way in caring for our planet?
We are meeting so many people bringing hope to the city of Perth by their expression of following Jesus. Often they are under resourced, under appreciated and even sometimes blocked to fulfill that calling. These missional people are often disconnected from each other, unable to collaborate in meaningful ways and at times competing for the same small pool of resources. They are at high risk of burnout and turnover.
Then we stumbled across The Underground Network. Their expression of church was like the glue that put all the puzzle pieces together. It has been the example that has shaped the beginning of the story of The Neighbourhood. You can watch a documentary about them here.
So we are building a novel way of doing church. The design is inverted and decentralises missional leadership. It serves this leadership or what we call microchurch via a centralised hub. The centralised service is an epicentre of empowerment culture, free services and community relationship for kingdom entrepreneurs. For more on microchurches, click here.
Our experience so far tells us that you may be reading about who we are becoming and it resonates. Maybe you have a call to a niche community group that just needs permission, support and encouragement to make it a reality? Maybe you already have a microchurch but you long for a network of like-minded missionaries to walk alongside you in your call? Maybe you would like to join a small home church where you can be encouraged to find and grow your purpose?
Please reach out. We would love to meet you.