So how does a church become a partner? First, ask this question:
Is your church more like an Aircraft Carrier or a Cruise Ship?
Compare the difference between Cruise Ships and Aircraft Carriers:
Cruise Ships are like self-contained floating cities.
Large cruise ships today can accommodate more than 8,000 people, of which 25% are staff personnel.The goal of the ship captain and crew is to keep the passengers happy and comfortable. One of the largest cruise ships ever built is the Oasis of the Seas, which has twenty different restaurants, seven neighborhoods, a rock climbing wall, a wave simulator, a zip line, a central park with 12,000 plants and trees, and a 1,300 seat theater. There are fifteen decks, four swimming pools, a boardwalk, and a miniature golf course. The cruise ship is designed and staffed for the passengers’ comfort and entertainment.
Many churches are similar to cruise ships. They are designed for the benefit of members, those who are regularly attending. Their budgets reflect that they are primarily serving their membership, not those outside the church. And there is little empowerment for their members to “get off the cruise ship,” to go outside the church doors and do something significant with what they receive.
Aircraft Carriers are all about the mission.
An aircraft carrier is the same size as many cruise ships, also often housing more than 8,000 people. A super-aircraft carrier rises 20 stories above the water and stretches 1,092 feet (333 meters) from bow to stern (about as long as the 77-story Chrysler Building is tall). The sheer bulk of the ship is awe-inspiring. But the really amazing thing about a super aircraft carrier isn’t its size; it’s the intense scene on its flight deck. The flight deck is its most important feature, crucial for its mission: to effectively launch and land aircraft. When in full swing, the crew of an aircraft carrier can launch a plane every 25 seconds—all in a fraction of the space of a typical landing strip. Every person on an aircraft carrier, from mechanic to kitchen help, is there to serve the mission of equipping, preparing, launching, and receiving aircraft back from their important missions.
Some churches are like aircraft carriers. These churches are designed to empower all members to find their God-given purpose in life, to equip them, and to send them into the world to lovethose who don’t know Jesus. The mission is the core purpose of these churches. Many common characteristics are reflected in the leadership of these churches, in their members, and in their approach to prayer. Churches that reflect some of these indicators are probably ready to launch a thriving Q Place ministry.