The opinion of the 24-7 Prayer website…
Our growing conviction is that ‘simple church’ (2 or 3 gathered in the name of Jesus) is a brilliant place to start but a terrible place to stay. It’s like a human body which begins with two single cells uniting but immediately begins multiplying and moves from fetal to adult through a process of ever greater complexity. Thus Matthew 18 (‘2 or 3 gathered in the name of Jesus’) becomes Ephesians 4 and 1 Corinthians 12, where the graces and gifts of apostles, prophets , evangelists, pastors, teachers, with the fit function of the members of the Body grow up into Christ resulting in maturity.
We like ‘simple’ and relatively small (12-30-50 people) gatherings acting as an extended family household, but see them over time maturing, and graduating to the complicated processes of numerical growth and reproduction.
Communities that stay small for too long can end up like Bonsai trees. Lacking the depth, the diversity and the economy to really enjoy life, they can’t raise mature disciples, can’t develop spiritual children and can’t embrace more than a mono-culture, and they rarely start new initiatives.
What would Ying Kai say? Discuss.