What is Multi-congregational?
As we prepare to plant another church in Lincoln, we are employing a multi-congregational approach to planting. In a nutshell, 2 Pillars Church will become:
One church with multiple neighborhood congregations.
The near-term result will be:
→ 2 Pillars Church—Near South (2PCNS)
→ 2 Pillars Church—Northeast (2PCNE)
First, we are a church-planting church. From day one we set out to be a church that plants churches that plant more churches and so on. We believe that church planting is one of the most effective evangelical methods.
Second, our vision is to “reach the unreached for Christ and transform the city of Lincoln by loving God and loving people.” That’s much bigger than one congregation and the way we see it happening is through impacting local neighborhoods for the glory of God. In other words, we want to create “gospel density” in our city, saturating the city with the gospel. This requires us to embed and invest in specific parts of the city, taking spiritual responsibility for these parts of the city, and cultivating a faithful presence.
Third, a multi-congregational model allows us to combine the very best of church planting, the autonomous church, and multi-site. Each of these elements, by themselves, have their respective strengths and weaknesses. However, when combined, the weaknesses are diminished and the strengths exploited. Further, we believe this model is a biblically defensible one.
How Will Multi-Congregational Function?
2 Pillars Church–Northeast will be united with 2 Pillars Church–Near South in name, theology, vision, values, philosophy of ministry, and as a legal entity.
At the same time, each local, neighborhood congregation will lean decidedly in the direction of autonomy. This means 2 Pillars Church–Northeast will raise up and be led by its own local plurality of elders, will have live preaching with its own preaching calendar, will have its own budget, and will likely be unique in areas such as music style, culture and other matters of contextualization.