We don’t want to build the church based on programs, around boards of directors and executive committees. While there is no law against building in this way, this is not the pattern we see in scripture.
What we see in the scriptures about a healthy church, is most effectively explained in Acts 2:42-45. It is said of the early church that,
“they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
Our hope is that Zao Church and all Four12 partnering churches, and in fact all churches across the globe, would move increasingly closer to this biblical picture of a healthy church. We understand that this type of church may not be palatable to the world at large, but our aim is to first and foremost, submit ourselves to Jesus Christ as He builds His church by the power of the Holy Spirit.