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why micro-churches?

The church is not a building, a service or a program, but rather a movement of God's people sent into the world to proclaim and demonstrate the good news of his kingdom. We aim to grasp this essence of the church in a way that everyday people can reproduce.


Micro-churches are mid-sized communities of Jesus-followers robust enough for mission, yet nimble enough for everyday disciples to lead. Each has its own unique missional expression and lives into the framework of Worship, Community & Mission.

to be a sign & foretaste of God's kingdom

Micro-churches bear collective witness to God’s kingdom in  every sphere of life. Rather than a "come-and-see" church, we believe we are called to be sent into the world as a sign & foretaste of the kingdom that is already available in Christ.

in champaign-urbana, IL

God's mission is always contextualized in a place and a called people. He invites us to seek the welfare of the city where he has placed us, and that is here on the streets of CU.

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reproducable framework

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Most of us are familiar with church as public space (large Sunday morning service), but we want to equip followers of Jesus with the tools to thrive in the necessary smaller spaces where people connect and grow with a family on mission.  The Door of Hope framework - Worship, Community & Mission - is an icon for our community to visualize the essential essence of "church" we aim for.

"Because Christian community is founded solely on Jesus Christ, it is a spiritual and not a psychic [merely human] reality. In this it differs absolutely from all other communities...[it] is not an ideal that we must realize; it is rather a reality created by God in Christ in which we may participate. The more clearly we learn to recognize that the ground and strength and promise of all our fellowship is in Jesus Christ alone, the more serenly shall we think of our fellowship and pray and hope for it."

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together