Here are some potential questions that will directly impact Discovery as we plan our move to Greenville to expand our microchurch network.
When are Aaron and Laura leaving?
We’re looking to move sometime from mid-June to early August of ’09. That’ll get Annagrace through an entire school year without having to transfer sometime during the year (which would be a little more traumatic and dramatic for her). It also gives me time to continue to prepare our leaders for the transition–to equip elder candidates and train someone to take my place.
Who will take Aaron’s place?
I have already been preparing someone to take my place–Reber Cribb. We’ve talked about it for several months, have been praying about it, etc. He is “in-house”, which has HUGE advantages. He already knows our DNA. He knows what our church is about. He became a Christian at our church. His background is a big advantage when it comes to relating to people who are far from God. He has already planted one church in our network. We’re working now on his “job description.” I’m working hard to simplify it down to the basics. I know that this may produce additional questions…
- Can someone lead a church who isn’t “professionally-trained”? Absolutely. In fact, the church should be the place where people are equipped and trained to love God, love people, and serve the world. Reber knows our DNA. He has already planted one church. We’re working together on what his job description will be.
- Will Discovery continue to pay Aaron after he moves to Greenville. No. He’ll be working a “secular” job (if what we’re doing is truly simple and reproducible, he’ll be able to do this).
- Will Reber be paid like Aaron was? We don’t know yet. I do know that money isn’t even a factor for Reber. He would do this without a paycheck. I also know that he will continue in his current job. If he does receive anything from DCC, it will be part time. This is something our leaders will look at.
What will stay the same about Discovery?
Our microchurch “structure” will stay the same. DCC will continue to be a network of microchurches. Also, our DNA will stay the same–to love God, love people, and serve the world. Our focus on Jesus will always remain the same, even if just about everything else would change.
What may change about Discovery?
I’m hoping and praying that after I leave, the people of Discovery will “spread their wings and fly”–that God will energize you guys to make our DNA a reality, that disciples will multiply, that churches will continue to sprout, that people will mature in their faith that they’re taking huge risks to that others may know Jesus.
In the time between now and when we leave, we’re looking at some minor changes. We’re going to phase out our preaching videos, because people are relying on them too much. We’re equipping guys to lead their churches straight from the Bible (what a simple, novel idea!). We’re also going to work on helping our churches become more “organic”–that our times together (including our Network Celebrations) aren’t overly structured, are more like family get-togethers or parties than church services. We’re also going to challenge the churches to get out into the community and serve, and to start thinking, praying, and acting globally.
If you have additional questions, please submit them in the comments section, and I’ll answer them as I can (either in the comments section, or in an additional post).
Tomorrow, I’ll post about a very, very important fact about our move.