at least three years beyond their obedience.
I'm continuing my version of Speed Reading Week: a book a day from authors that I have had the privilege of hearing speak in person in the last year, and/or have had a conversation with about their work. Today, it's Dave Ferguson and "The Big Idea" from Community Christian Church in Naperville IL - and many other sites. One of the leading proponents of the multi-site church concept, Ferguson and CCC begin with a simple premise:
More Information = Less Clarity
More Information = Less Action
Instead, they submit that The Big Idea = More Clarity and Action. Here is a brief outline of the major points of "The Big Idea".
- The Big Idea = Directional Alignment
- TBI moves the whole family in the same direction
- TBI moves all small groups (circle groups) in the same direction
- TBI moves all ministries in the same direction
- TBI moves all campuses and sites in the same direction
- TBI moves the whole network in the same direction
Big Idea = Speedy Obedience
The measure of maturity is determined by the speed of obedience
Transformation: when a person hears God and responds with swift obedience
Paradox: The Big Idea is Less AND More
- Energy: Less Effort AND Better Stuff
- Innovation: New Ideas AND Always Good Ideas
- Target Generations: Boomers, Busters AND Mosaics
- Curriculum: Targeted AND Reproducible
- Creativity: Planned AND Spontaneous
- Christ Followers: More AND More Maturing
Gives Freedom to Think Creatively
Gives Freedom to Suspend Skepticism
Gives Freedom to Postpone Decisions
The Secrets Implicit in The Big Idea
- Collaboration – Our ideas are always better than your idea. So get over it.
- Humility – Let me introduce you to the pastor’s helper.
- Trust – I know you won’t let us down; we’re banking on it.
- Fun – If you want this much commitment, it had better be fun.
- Competition – This week has to be better than last week.
- Yes – Just when you’re about to say, “Why?” think, “Why not?”
Jesus’ Really Big Idea
Challenge 1: Take Bold Risks
Challenge 2: Be Spirit-led
Challenge 3: Continually Reproduce
Four Developmental Stages to Accomplishing the Big Idea
Phase 1: A Really Big Idea Church
Phase 2: A Reproducing Church
Phase 3: A Network Church
Phase 4: A Movement Church
A closing quote from Ferguson sums it up pretty well:
I am a Christ follower. I follow Jesus step by step as his Spirit moves me in His community called the church. When Jesus steps, I follow. When Jesus speeds up, I increase my pace. When Jesus slows down, I slow down too. The direction, the speed, and the ultimate destination of my life are determined by keeping in step with Jesus’ Spirit. Simple. Clear. Not easy!