What would happen if North Point Church exploded (literally)?

HT to Mark Howell for this one… It’s a quote from Andy Stanley on what would really happen if he, his staff, and all the buildings ceased to exist.

Let’s say that something happens to me, all the staff, and all the buildings simultaneously explode.  Let’s make it worst case scenario.  There’s no staff.  There’s no buildings.  And there’s no me.  Here’s what would happen.  On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of the following week, thousands and thousands of adults would gather in homes all over the city and pray together, and do Bible study together and take care of whatever family members are left over and the church is going to go on…. Because at the end of the day, circles are better than rows.  And from day one, we’ve been committed to creating a culture that’s all about circles and not rows.  We are famous for our rows.  But the strength of our churches is what happens in circles.

Great stuff…

So… how would YOUR church do if you, your staff, and your buildings were instantly blown off the face of the earth?

Would the church continue?

Be honest?  What would happen?

// Read more from Mark here…



  • pietrosquared November 27, 2012 Reply

    That’s a great inspiring sermon point… but is it what would really truly happen? No offense…

  • Daniel November 28, 2012 Reply

    Nice thought, but given human nature I bet after a couple of weeks they move on to another church famous for their rows.

  • Casey Sabella November 28, 2012 Reply

    The question is designed to produce a more important one: what truly causes your church to BE a church? If all you “is” is preaching and pews, you’ve got nothing. If your church is defined by relationship, a “blow up” will just mean a location change.

  • Dave Telling November 28, 2012 Reply

    Fascinating question – I’ve occasionally wondered the same thing. I am forced to conclude that if the building & staff of the local church of which I am a member were to be abducted by aliens, most of what we call “church” would grind to a halt, as we have no real effective body ministry outside of the buildings and scheduled meeting times. We have tried small groups in the past, but with very limited success (success being defined as growth, both personal and corporate, as a result of the time spent in small groups). I think that much of this was due to an emphasis on a specific program/schedule to be followed in the small groups, rather than an emphasis on people getting to know one another and developing loving relationships.

  • Geoffrey Harris November 30, 2012 Reply

    Although important, small groups alone will not sustain the life of a church. Disciple makers will. Disciples of Jesus who have been equipped to make disciples of Jesus have been and are the sustaining factor in the church through the generations. Personal discipleship needs to be the core value and disciple makers the end product of every expression of the local church. Only then can a local church body sustain Biblical mission progress through a season without a pastor and a building.

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