I don’t believe in lone ranger Christianity or disconnected Christians but here I was, I was one. How did this happen? Perhaps these last few posts have been my attempt to make sense of it all in my head. Perhaps I just talk too much? But while I prayed and wrestled with God about leaving us all on our own, no community, no wider network, no older, wiser leaders… God whispered to me (not really sure what that means but I am pretty sure it was God). “You are homeless because you need to build your own home.”
God has laid on our hearts the misfits, the discontents, the broken, the hurting, the forgotten, the addicts, the homeless, the lonely, the churchless ones, the misunderstood, the fringe-artists, the wacky, the lost ones… and he knew that just as we have struggled to find a home within the established church, so would they. “Start building a home for them. I have chosen you because you know them and you love them. Because you are them!” (Ok, God never said all that to me, but it just writes better like that!)
And so Four Three One was born, a simple church network whose desire is to see authentic, missional communities of light scattered throughout the dark and forgotten places of our cities. We are committed to church as primarily small, easily reproducible Gospel Communities, networked together in Gatherings and a wider network.
Our heart is to reach those who are not being reached by contemporary church structures. Those who perhaps would never darken the door of a church building or even think to attend a church service. We are not trying to compete but to complement the existing church. For all its problems, failures and weaknesses it is still the bride of Christ, and in Him she is beautiful.