Our Structure

We believe the Church is beautiful in all of her expressions.

The prevailing church model (which many of us have been a part of and are grateful for) is a one-hour Sunday-centric service that requires the most time, energy, and resources to execute. The most talented people are usually allowed to sing and speak while the rest of the church sit in rows and listen. Then everyone is encouraged to find a small group throughout the week to fellowship with and serve alongside.

We must never be afraid to be a sign of contradiction for the world   Mother Teresa

The traditional church model works for many people in their faith walk. Bless the Lord. However, there are other ways to be the Church intentionally and incarnationally in the places where we live, work, and play. We call this a microchurch.

What is a Microchurch?

In a microchurch, we are an extended spiritual family lead by ordinary people who are living in gospel community together. We own the mission of Jesus for those who believe and who have yet to believe. We have stopped trying to fit church activities into our lives and instead allow our lives lived to be a viable and visible expression of the Church.

I’m tired of leaving my neighborhood to go to church. Wouldn’t it be great if we could be the church in our neighborhood? – R. Johnson

More than just attracting cultural Christians who need to be fed, Local Church is reproducing obedience-based disciples of Jesus who want to be sent. We center around four rhythms of Jesus’s ministry and disciple-making: meal sharing, storytelling, sabbath-keeping, and serving.

“We affirm microchurch as the most basic expression of the church. When believers work together in sincere worship, and genuine community to accomplish a part of the mission of God, they are the church. We encourage biblically appointed leadership, sacramental worship, the pursuit of the gifts of the Spirit, and giving, but these are desired and not required to be considered a micro church. We believe that these churches also need the larger network, leadership and resources of a city-wide church to strengthen, empower and help direct the micro church expression. We gather for worship, training, and as leadership primarily to strengthen and supply the micro churches in their labor to obey Jesus and proclaim the good news of the Kingdom to their mission field. We believe the larger church expression exists to serve the smaller and not the other way around.” – KC Underground