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Every week you have an audience who gathers to worship, listens to preaching, and considers being on mission in their community and around the world.
However, it’s not an audience you need. To impact your community and fulfill your church’s mission in the world, you need an army. You need to mobilize your congregation to do what God is calling you to do.
Army - Accident - Purpose - Specific - Groups
You don’t mobilize an army on accident. You do it on purpose. You do it by meeting the specific needs of the groups of people your church should regularly engage—and moving them toward a life that’s on mission.
The community: These are the people your church has the potential to reach on any given week. They live near your church and may even visit occasionally.
Crowd - Everyone - Church - Basis - Church
The crowd: This is everyone who attends your church on a regular basis but have yet to join in church membership.
The congregation: These are your church members.
Everyone - Disciplines - God
The committed: This is everyone who is growing in the spiritual disciplines and walking with God daily.
The core: These are the people who are not only growing in Christ but are also serving in your church.
Goal - Person - Church—to - Mission - People
The commissioned: This is your goal for every person at your church—to send them on mission to reach new people.
Of course, the key is to understand how to move people through each group, from the community all the way through to the commissioned. If you’re going to build an army, you can’t leave any group out. You need a system that reinforces the progression of people from one group to the next.
Saddleback - CLASS - System - People - Groups
At Saddleback, we’ve built the CLASS system, which is designed to help people in each of these groups make the commitments necessary to move to the next stage. Each class focuses on different commitments.
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