Around the world we see numerous examples of the church growing through networks of multiplying small, simple communities. It is the heart desire of 1God.Community to encourage and facilitate this movement within the fellowship of Biblical Unitarians. It is also hoped that these simple gatherings will continue to be affiliated with 1God.Community, not in a role of oversight or authority, but one of fellowship and cooperation in continuing the church multiplication mission. We choose to label this a "SIMPLE ORGANIC CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY,” or simply Communities, to emphasize that:
these are simple and easily reproducible, there are no demands for performance or certain things that have to happen, the relationships are more important than the structure, in other words, people based rather than program based
they are organic in nature in that they are a dynamic organism rather than an organization, each community is as unique as the people in the community, everyone is involved in giving and receiving ministry to each other, as lead by God which requires trust and flexibility
they are gatherings for believers in Christ to aid in fulfilling the purposes of God together
and they function as a close community or family rather than as a club or a clique, cliques desire to maintain the status quo and never expand, our Father desires us to grow and expand and become family to more and more people
it is also helpful to unload much of the baggage associated with the term "church" and instead use terms such as gathering, community, etc (learn more about the Greek word "ekklesia.")
The model is quite simple and reproducible. In general:
multiple means are available to begin gathering individuals committed to simple, organic church principles and practice but the primary means is prayer, other means are developing LifeChange Partners, or seeker group Bible studies, outreach to non-believers, etc
when there are 5-6 people committed to God and the principles of being a Simple Organic Christian Community, it may be time to prayerfully launch "officially" as a Community (click here for recommendations on How To Meetas well as an easy to follow Bible study format called Disciples Bible Study, as well as Frequently Asked Questions).
as the Community continues to grow, eventually it must multiply, starting a network of Simple Organic Christian Communities.
periodically, the Communities join together for special occasions of prayer, teaching, or worship. It may happen as often as monthly or as infrequently as quarterly.
as disciples move to different cities or countries, either due to work/family reasons or purposefully in service to God, the process starts all over again!
Although there are numerous examples of this model, I will only give links for three examples, two are facilitated by well known Christian pastors/authors. Francis Chan stepped down as pastor of a mega-church to start "We Are Church" in the San Francisco area. Also, Church Multiplication Associates, led by Neil Cole, has multiple networks of organic churches using much the same model. Finally, a very similar model recently started in OK called Home Church. Church Multiplication Associates have a plethora of wonderful resources available on their website.
(while these resources may espouse doctrinal perspectives you disagree with, they generally present universal principles applicable to all)