No Person’s Contribution Lost in the Crowd
“Small communities determine a size in which mutual discipleship and care can realistically take place. They create a simplicity that militates against a maintenance mentality; there are no expensive buildings to maintain or complex programs to run. They determine a style that is participatory and inclusive, mirroring the discipleship model and table fellowship of Jesus himself. . . . [One another] is simply the practical expression of the priesthood of all believers. Whatever flexibility there might be about the structure of church, these principles are binding. We are to disciple and exhort one another, to love and care for one another. . . . The priesthood of all believers finds expression when no person’s contribution gets lost in the crowd.”
- Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, Total Church: A Radical Reshaping Around Gospel and Community (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2008), 93-94.