When I look at a city, I don’t focus on neighborhoods or individuals or even centers of power.
Instead, I look for circles.
Each circle I find is unique.
Sometimes a circle is a family, sometimes it is a group of friends, sometimes it is a group that works together, and other times it is a group that plays together.
Here is why these circles are important: with one exception, circles are just like a local church.
- Circles have a leadership structure and a decision making process
- Circles have a sense of history, identity, purpose and future
- Circles have members who care for one another
The only thing that circles are missing is Christ.
When Christ becomes the center of a given circle, that circle becomes a church.
That is why Jesus sends his disciples to existing circles (Luke 10:5-7), which Luke calls households. The results of Jesus’ strategy emerge throughout the book of Acts:
- Cornelius and his household are saved (Acts 10, 11:1-18)
- Lydia and her household are saved (Acts 16:11-15)
- The Philippian jailer and his household are saved (Acts 16:22-34)
- Crispus and his household are saved (Acts 18:1-8)
And that is why I look for circles, too.
- What do you focus on when you look at your city?
- What are the advantages of transforming an existing circle into a church?
- How does your disciple making strategy incorporate the importance of circles?
Share your thoughts and make it a conversation!