A transformational community of Christ’s followers, intentionally equipped for worship, service, and mission.
We believe that the number of people we “send” is very important. While we measure things such as attendance, baptisms, and giving, we believe a far better metric of church health is how many people have we trained, mobilized and sent into the harvest? How many home group leaders have we raised up? How many groups have we multiplied? How many Sunday School teachers have we equipped and released into ministry? How many missionaries have we sent? How many churches have we planted? These metrics are far more profound and telling than simply, “How many people came to church today?” Or, “Did we get the bills paid this month?”
Rather than growing to become a larger and larger church, that has more and more of a corporate feel, we prefer the more relational model of the middle sized church. But this doesn’t mean we must stop growing. Rather it means that we must continually multiply. We must be willing to release our best to whatever God is calling them to do. Blue Ridge was a church plant from Christ Community Church in Charlottesville back in 1989. Since that time we have planted two daughter churches in the area. Multiplying is important to us. Church planting is in our DNA.
Our model has been to grow to about 200 people and then bring on an Associate Pastor for church planting. When we reach 250 people we send 50-60 people out to plant a new church.
We are prayerfully looking at additional models for planting as well. Some exciting things are developing in this area.