Regional Church vs. Neighborhood Church

October 1, 2008 — 1 Comment
In a recent leadership retreat we affirmed that Journey Christian Church is going to be a regional church as opposed to a neighborhood church.

Before I go any further I want to make two important points:

1) There’s a philosophical difference between the two. 
2) The differences have very little to do with location.  Your church can be buried in a neighborhood and still have a regional impact or be positioned on a major highway and have very little regional impact.

During our retreat, as we talked about who we want to be as a church, I found it necessary to list the differences between a neighborhood church and a regional church.

Here’s what we came up with: (Forgive the formatting–I couldn’t get blogger to format this in columns.)

Neighborhood Church (NC)
on street in neighborhood
Regional Church (RC)
on highway in region

NC
vision to impact community
RC
vision to impact region

NC
build for present needs
RC
build for future needs

 

NC
located 5 minutes from most members
RC
located 20 minutes from most members

 

NC
focused on meeting felt-needs of members with the goal of keeping them happy
RC
focused on meeting felt-needs of lost people in community with the goal of their conversion

 

NC
dynamic community ministries
RC
dynamic regional and world ministries

 

NC
values knowing everyone in the church
RC
values impacting everyone in the region

 

NC
change is a threat
RC
change is embraced

 

NC
church building is center of church activity
RC
multiple church campuses are launching pads of church activity

 

NC
maintain
RC
grow

 

NC
members expected to come
RC
members expected to go

 

Can you think of anymore differences?

I’d also like to hear from those who disagree. I’ll post your comments.

What kind of church do you attend?

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One response to Regional Church vs. Neighborhood Church

  1. 

    Arron,
    I am so pleased with the direction of Journey. I would add that “RC” is one that empowers and trusts its young leaders. A “NC” is one that leads from secuity and seniority. A fast growing regional church must trust and empower young leaders who first and foremost love the Lord and the work. God will provide the teaching and discipleship along with Godly patient leaders.

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