Sunday, October 20th, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary Simple Church Friends, I look forward to spending time together on October 20th! A reunion is long overdue and your presence will make it special! This will be a great time to connect new folks to simple church with others on a similar path! Make plans for you and your simple church to join in a time of encouragement, worship, and refocusing. I look forward to sharing some of my recent thoughts regarding simple church when we reconnect on the 20th! * Bring a picnic lunch for… Read More »Fall Network Gathering October 20 @ Raven Run
One of the take-a-ways from my time with Lee Wood at our simple church conference was the simple concept of “two churches at the same time.” One of the biggest challenges for simple churches is grasping how we can be a committed and intimate community of believers that also grows into multiple simple churches. Growing together and outward can seem at odds. Often, our minds are bent toward the “splitting” (grow the group and then split it in half when it gets too big). Others envision sending folks out of the group to start new groups as opportunities arise. Because… Read More »Two Churches at The Same Time
I recently received and email from a woman that I had contact with several years ago when I was seeking to connect with others in Kentucky exploring simple/house/organic church. She was trying to host a house church in her rural Kentucky home. I thought this “update” was very interesting… not the least for the fact that she was no longer “officially hosting a house church anymore.” You know, I am not officially hosting a house church anymore. I really enjoyed that season of my life, but several of our families moved away and it just seemed like the season was… Read More »Not Officially Hosting House Church Anymore
Recently, National Public Radio featured simple/house church ideas. “All Things Considered” aired House Churches Swap Steeples For Sofas and Say Thay’ve Never Been Closer. You can listen to the feature and read a related article here. I am grateful for their coverage and am not surprised that it appeared on the show since more people are moving to simpler forms of church life. Overall, I thought the story was done well, but like anything squeezed into 3:30, much was left out. Here are a few thoughts I had after listening to the story: * The reporter states that “everyone just… Read More »NPR All Things Considered: Simple Church
By Nate Smith: It would be so much easier not to be in a simple church. It is simple because we meet in an apartment. It is not simple because it does not allow one another to stay where they are in their walk with Jesus….
Discipleship Happens in Small Community. This is another “starting point” for me. For the longest time, I thought that to “go and make disciples” necessitated entering into a teacher/student relationship in which I was primarily educating my pupil (or being educated) about what it means to follow Jesus via a Bible study or a discipleship curriculum. While this is a way of fulfilling the Great Commission, I have recently realized that it’s not the only way that God makes us into His disciples. In fact, I have concluded that small community has been the driving force of discipleship in… Read More »Discipleship Happens In Small Community