Last week, a group of around 25 people met together in Orlando to see how mega and micro churches can cooperate together for the Kingdom. The group consisted of representatives from four mega churches, two denominations, a missions group and several simple church networks. Those from the mega churches were very sympathetic to what simple church represents.
We looked at what God is doing around the nation and the different strengths that both have to offer. Mega churches are very visible, and can make an impact at a national level that simple churches cannot. (For example, mega church leaders Rick Warren and Joel Hunter were involved in the inauguration ceremonies of Barack Obama.) They have many different resources. However, simple churches can reach into segments of society that will not darken the doors of a church building. They usually have a deep understanding of community.
All of us are seeking the Kingdom, even though our expressions of church may be very different. If we can learn to build each other up, we will advance the work of God.
It was an interesting dialog, and very encouraging for a first attempt at this. Perhaps most important were the friendships that were formed. I believe one of the results is that we will be working much more closely with the mega church here in Austin.