This is an interesting time in the life of the church that my family is a part of. I am very excited about it, because it is obvious that God is moving among and communicating with His people. Every November we make decisions concerning the church. In the weeks before that November meeting, we discuss various issues to determine how God is leading the church. So far, we have discussed elders/pastors and deacons. Currently, we are in the middle of a very interesting discussion. I will explain it briefly here. I would love to hear different opinions as to how Scripture answers or does not answer these questions.
1) From talking with several people in the church, God is leading some to meet together in smaller groups in different locations, while He is leading others to continue meeting together in a larger group as we have been meeting.
Question: Is it possible for God to lead different people within the church to different types of and locations for ministry?
2) Some (myself including) are wondering how these various groups (really, they will be different churches) should relate and fellowship.
Question: If two groups of Christians meet in different locations, should they attempt to maintain the fellowship and relationships that God has already formed? If not (and this is what we usually see with church “plants”) why not? If so, why and how?