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Instead of Mega-church, how about Micro-church?

Instead of Mega-church, how about Micro-church?

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St. Lydia’s Church offers another sort of church experience in the big city: a micro church where the members gather for dinner each week. Huffington Post reports:

One thousand square feet. It’s not much space for a church. About the same square footage as two bowling lanes, to give you an idea. “Why so small?” you might ask. The answer is both economical and theological. Economically, our church is located in Brooklyn, and 1,000 square feet is what we can afford. Theologically, we’ve discovered that building big community happens on a small scale: 30 people around dinner tables, sharing a meal they’ve made together.

Lydia.jpgSt. Lydia’s, the five-year-old church where I am the founding pastor, is a Dinner Church. This means that we gather each week to share what we call a “sacred meal:” a worship service that takes place around the table. This meal is patterned after those shared by Christians in the first few centuries of the church, which evolved into our current day communion celebrations with participants sharing the bread and the cup. Our congregation doesn’t need much space, but after renting by the night for five years, we’ve found we’re ready for a place of our own. And so this summer we’re moving to a storefront in Brooklyn — the kind of storefront that might be a restaurant or a shop is instead going to be a church.

Using IndieGoGo St. Lydia’s hopes to fund their move and the necessary remodeling.

You can help here.

From the church website: St. Lydia’s is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America . We are also in partnership with the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island . Our Pastor, Emily Scott, is an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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Donald Schell

Michael, their plan for sustainability includes gradually increasing liturgy to four services a week (each with a different congregation), AND the’ll be the sponsors/organizers and paid hosts of a co-work space, so desk space and collaborative working facility for freelancers 9 to 5. They’re visioning this as a mission collaboration – gathering a co-work community of people whose work makes sense to each other – secular or sacred, for profit or not for profit. Lots of Brooklyn freelancers and remote commuters need co-work space, and St. Lydia’s has participated in two such projects as a worker-tenant. Essentially they’ve got a business plan and mission plan as well. Emily Scott began this church supporting herself with other work, but the ELCA has taken it on as a mission project and she’s now full-time.

Michael Russell

Congrats to these folks. What a great idea. How will they reach sustainability? Is the pastor paid or self supporting?

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