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We Are The Greenhouse Movement

The Greenhouse Movement is a collaboration of like-minded church planters and pastors that want to see churches planted and disciples made.

We use both traditional and non-traditional means and methodologies to make disciples and church plants, but we are fiercely committed to a DNA and a both/and approach to church planting and church life that really does define us as a movement.

We Are DNA-Driven and Fluency-Based

It is radically important for us to start here, because we are DNA driven first and foremost, meaning that the way you plant and the systems you use to do so are secondary to who you are and the values you ascribe to.  Success for us is not just the number of Sunday morning attendees or any other external markers for that matter.  Honestly, we would rather have 6 people in a house church that are radically seeking Jesus and making disciples who make disciples than a Sunday morning gathering of 300 non-disciples who are just looking for the next cool church experience.  Quality before quantity.   Character over gifting.  Because when quality is the priority and firmly established, quantity is bound to follow.  But if you compromise on quality for quantity, quality is hard to make up.

So our clarion call is to make fluent disciple-makers.  Every leader in the Greenhouse Movement needs to possess certain “fluencies”. This is beyond a creedal affirmation. This is competency and the ability to reproduce a reality. You are fluent when you can flow, which is why fluency is rarely acquired unless you immerse yourself in the culture. The key word here is culture.

We are trying to create a unique and passionate culture, a kingdom of Jesus kind of culture. We do not want liberal or conservative, progressive or traditional; we want the Church. We want the kingdom of God. We want an alternative, inclusive culture, much like what we discover in the book of Acts. They were far from perfect, but they were very alive. And they turned their world upside down.

We want an authentic community of passionate Jesus-followers that are more influenced by Kingdom culture than any other.  We intend to build a tribal fire that resists unnecessary dogma – yet acknowledges that God has spoken and He has not stuttered. A culture has its songs, tells its stories, and creates its aroma.  If you are a part of this leadership team it is for the purpose of helping to generate a distinct flavor and extraordinary influence in the world to which God is calling you.

We aren’t kidding ourselves into believing that culture does not influence the way we view reality.  We recognize that every person brings a certain bias to their study of Scripture and their pursuit of God.  Yet we find ourselves captivated by the possibility that God Himself is able to influence us more deeply than our earthly culture, and the book of Acts seems to show such an object lesson. God wants to create a culture that corresponds to a prayer that says, “on earth as it is in heaven.” What is the Church?  It is God’s way of answering this prayer.

Those who try to exalt one culture at the expense of another might be ignoring the fact that Scripture shows the devil to be the ruler of this world.  We may be from one part of the world or another, but the defining cultural influence on our lives must become the Kingdom of God.  The Church is God’s way of passing on the Kingdom culture. This is the essence of discipleship, which is why our leaders must be fluent.

We want an authentic community of passionate Jesus-followers that are more influenced by Kingdom culture than any other.  We intend to build a tribal fire that resists unnecessary dogma – yet acknowledges that God has spoken and He has not stuttered. A culture has its songs, tells its stories, and creates its aroma.  If you are a part of this leadership team it is for the purpose of helping to generate a distinct flavor and extraordinary influence in the world to which God is calling you.

We Are Looking for Others to Join Us

Culture and DNA are a big deal to us, not because we thing we have it all together, but because it makes us who we are. If the vision on this website speaks to you, resonates with your passion, your vision, and your calling, then maybe you should take the next step and check out how to become part of the movement.

They met together in the temple courts and broke bread in their homes…

What a beautiful representation of how the early disciples lived out the way of Jesus: worshipping together, on mission together, and in community with one another. In the temple but also in their homes. In both their public life and in their private lives. There was a macro expression of the church gathering as well as micro expressions. There was an extended family of the faith that transcended any boundaries or barriers that would have traditionally held them back and kept Jews and Gentiles from coming together. It was counter- cultural. It was untraditional. It was beautiful.

We at the Greenhouse are so moved by this depiction of the early church that we are devoted to seeing this 1st century reality manifested in the 21st century church.

We recognize that it is not only the structure that brings life but a focus, love and desperation for Jesus. We understand that you can build it and they might not come, which is why we are not putting our trust in buildings, programs, or the newest church conference hype.

We are simply trying to reconnect with the ways the early church practiced radical, life-on-life discipleship that ended up changing our world forever.

It’s not that we are opposed to Sunday morning gatherings. If lost people are hearing about Jesus, followers of Jesus are being refreshed, and souls are being recalibrated with His rhythms, we celebrate. We don’t think that traditional weekend gatherings are a bad thing; we just don’t think they are the only thing.

Faith is more than just Sundays. Discipleship is not simply taught; it is caught. Jesus told His disciples to follow Him, and for the next three years they did. Paul told his disciples to follow him as he followed Christ. And he didn’t just mean when church gatherings were taking place. In the same way, we are calling disciples to a 24/7 lifestyle… because Sundays alone won’t cut it.

This is why we take the Acts 2 both/and approach to church life. We believe there are things the macrochurch (weekend gatherings) can do that the microchurch (weekly community gatherings) cannot. We also believe there are things that can happen at the microchurch gathering which are crucial for real discipleship to take place; things that simply cannot happen at the macrochurch gathering. We believe both of these types of expressions have a place in creating an authentic discipleship culture that captures the essence of the Acts 2 church.

And this paradigm has wildly directed our church planting approach.  We are a both/and church planting movement.  We will not separate the macro and micro gatherings.  This is our ecclesial minimum and a must for Greenhouse church planters.  The both/and approach is immovable, but how this fleshes itself out is up to the apostolic creativity of the planter.

How We Plant Churches: Three Ways

Launch a Microchurch
Launch a House Church
Launch a Macrochurch
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