Defining Church: If we only had the Bible to define church what would it look like? Listen to what Francis Chan shares... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50mqagzxU0c (11 mins). We consider our fellowship post-denominational. We are not tied to a denomination or association, except for the Kingdom of God.
Building: We don't have a facility nor its burdens on our group's resources. We gather for worship in borrowed spaces, but our focus is on what's happening in the home groups in the homes of our faith family. The Christian church is not a building, it is a fellowship of believers.
Money: There are some expenses, but we have no paid staff. Our families are encouraged to keep a ministry fund growing which can be used in whatever way the Lord is leading the family or the home group. On occasion it is expected that funds will be gathered for specific ministry purposes. Your money is only a small part of your value in the kingdom. As we serve God and His mission, we use our value for His glory. Our 501(c)(3) non-profit package is officially approved and will ensure any gifts given to the church are tax deductible. We have a treasurer and financial secretary to ensure any funds are managed and reported responsibly.
Titles: The New Testament speaks of various roles of folks in the church, but the cultural obsession with titles and authority is not grounded in scripture. All God's people must play roles in orchestrating His church. Leadership is necessary but not dogmatic tyranny. There are some who teach, some who deacon, some who shepherd, all are ordained into Christ to serve the kingdom in some capacity (1 Peter 2:9). In the role of shepherd to Jesus' sheep, loving guidance will be provided in an effort to promote genuine Christian living. There will be a group of indigenous Elders chosen by the church body, who will be accountable to the body and each other.
Discipleship: A disciple is a learner-follower of Christ. Jesus didn't want us to park-it after experiencing believing faith; he wants followers. We will promote any activity that grows and procreates a discipleship model. Jesus desires this. Discipling children is the responsibility of the parent, not the church institution. Discipling parents to know how to disciple children is the responsibility of a disciple-maker. We will grow disciple-makers and build a repeatable model as Christ intended.
Evangelism: Preaching the good news is not just the job of the clergy. Matter of fact separation of clergy and laity is a human institution, not God's. We will proclaim Christ to the lost, by first developing relationships and then by sharing the good news. People don't care how much we know until they know how much we care. We are not currently associated with any parent organization but will endeavor to work with all Christian churches to glorify God through His worship and mission.
Credentials: Well, our brother Wes is ordained by National Association of Christian Ministers (NACM) and licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia to marry folks. NACM provided an accessible means to gain a certification of ordination and supports a statement of faith consistent with conservative doctrines we would consider foundational (http://www.nacministers.com/statement-of-faith). God ordains, men license. He completed his seminary degree from Liberty University's Baptist Theological Seminary December 2015: MAR in Pastoral Ministry with High Distinction. As far as baptizing, communion and burying God's people, we will do this as a family of faith. The church does not need seminary trained people to make disciples. Titles are not meaningful to the kingdom, obedient bond-servants of Christ are of true value. We are and will be accountable to one another and to our head, Jesus Christ.
How can I find out more about this thinking?: Some of these texts can assist. Find them on Amazon.com and use your family ministry fund to invest in growing your own understanding of what God truly values. Mark 7:8-9 asks us to get real, put off tradition and favor God's commands. The first three texts will help reform thinking about what missional church means.