Chris Cochran [Wallingford, Seattle, Washington
was made. I know that seems like a big statement, but tonight we had the
first meeting of those interested in the Wallingford church plant. It
was 13 of the most diverse people imaginable. It would have been even
more diverse if it weren't for the fact that a couple of people were unable
to make it. Overall it was a great meeting. We discussed how we got to
this point and where we are going from here.
Tonight was simply an informational meeting. It was just a "here's the
vision" what is God speaking to you about it meeting. Within the next
week I have asked everyone who was there to let me know for sure if they
are in or out just for communication purposes. I have been thinking that
what I would like to do is have all of the meetings from this point out
be totally voluntary and what we should do is let them come or not as
they please until they are ready to committ. Then when they are they will
tell us and we will then know they are in. Not a "tell me so I can start
a team," mentality but more of a Viral approach to this. I'll be honest,
it is very hard to do this Virally because I have never really started
a team with a Viral approach. Yes I think that is what I am going to do.
We'll just lay it out and they can tell us when they are in. We'll just
keep having meetings and when they commit then we should have something
for them that tells them what that committment means. But it should be
Viral. The Principals of Viral are:
- Gives away products
- Provides for effortless
transfer to others
- Scales easily from
small to very large
- Exploits common
motivations and behaviors
- Utilizes existing
- Takes advantage
of others' resources
So how can we apply
this to our church plant team?
Gives away products
What kind of product or service are we giving away? I think the most
obvious one is community. We really need to establish real community.
Luckily we have kind of a head start as we have a group of people who
for the most part already know each other. There are a couple of people
who just met for the first time but 10 out of 13 is not a bad start. The
secondary product is a church home. That will develop more as the process
Provides for effortless
transfers to others
Every person in on this team must see themselves as personally responsible.
If they dont then they wont want to transfer it to anyone. I think the
tone of future meetings will be to empower EVERYONE to give input. Whether
it is someone's first time or not, we all have something to offer the
community. So how does this effortless transfer take place? I think by
several means. First the prospectus becomes our field manual. Easily reproducable
and downloadable. Second any member of the team has the option to begin
another home group at any time. They can do exactly what we have (or will
soon) start to do and have any of the resources we have. All of these
resources will be available via the web. erspective.
Scales easily from
large to small
We need to develop a community "style" of meeting where everyone is involved.
It must be interactive from the get-go. When we start having "our big
gatherings" then the same community "style" should be used. It has to
be easily used no matter how big the group gets too. This is a detail
that we will have to work on.
motivations or behaviors
To me this is the easiest of them all. Common motivation: the desire to
belong to a group of people that actually care about each other. Common
behavior: Getting together to have (for lack of a better term) fellowship.
This one will be a little tricky because I need to know what existing
communications networks exist first. I think this group would become like
the inner circle of a spider's web where I communicate with them, they
communicate with those whom they bring, come in contact with etc. Or we
could just base all communication around a website.....What if people
actually went to a website to get on the mailing list...an egroup if you
will, and then our communication became very viral. We could even offer
email addresses for those who don't have them. Like all 5 people left
in the USA who dont have email would want one now....
of other's resources
I think this one would come very easily as well. It would start with us
using other people's houses, money, time, talents, etc. But also we would
have to give ownership to those with resources so they could get on board.
What about some of the Christian business owners. Their resources, not
just money but clout in the community for example would be a great asset.
I will think about this further.
I think from now on
it will be very viral in nature...but I have to figure out how exactly
that works on a practical level....