The Metachurch Model seeks to accomodate the traditional church. Each church has a network of small groups. A spiritual leader who can provide pastoral care and spiritual mentoring is developed within or inserted into each group. If the primary characteristic of discipleship systems is that they bring consistent, systematic change into the lives of their participants, where is the change in this? Where are the steps that make up a process of change, where people graduate from one level of maturity to another? Further, the spiritual leader inserted into a small group can nurture that group spiritually, but it is unlikely that they will change the existing focus of the group to minister individually to each other, to minister individually to outsiders and to teach individuals to evangelize other individuals. Once again, evangelism becomes an invitation to come to the group event. The metachurch model is flexible, but with a weak management system for accountability
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