One particular interview made a big impression on me. I was aware of some of the things going on at St George's in Deal, so good to see that the creative fire still burns.
They closed their Church (building, that is - some of the vocabulary here got a bit confusing) so that they could focus on networks.
They use a building block of between 20 and 50 people (the size of an extended family). Within this extended family there was a Cell Church pattern, with the associated large scale celebrations. Each of these networks needed to raise up between 3 and 6 lay leaders as they sought to become Missional Communities.
Twice per annum a Learning Community event was held where all together in leadership joined together. Phew - that doesn't sound much! Having just presented here on the need to build each other up, with values such as being intergenerational, this sounds like a step in the other direction, but you can't deny an edginess of the Kingdom in this either.
They also reported an interesting dynamic whereby the values seemed to have been set "from the front", as it were, and then a process of watching to see who came up with the vision, and then who was able to gather around them as vision-holders. In complex social situations (like most places, I guess) this allows each network to have its own vision for those it is seeking to serve, but the joinedness with the other networks comes from the DNA of the values being consistent.
People are taking responsibility and exercising gifts, not creating multiple unaccountable groups
Church - a community of faith taking action.