On September 25th and 26th, we resumed our annual Simple Church Retreat. Having missed this yearly time of fellowship, gathering with other simple church leaders again at the Stanford Inn at Wilderness Road was so refreshing. We spent the weekend reading and reflecting on a great little book by Henry Nouwen entitled In the Name of Jesus. Almost prophetically, Nouwen describes the kind of leader the church will need in the 21st century–lessons he learned once moving as a priest to a home for adults with disabilities. Kaleb Phillips, a dear friend and fellow simple church leader in Nicholasville, recommended… Read More »Retreat Wrap-up
“In total there are currently (mid 2021) at least 22.6 million house churches worldwide with a total of around 300 million members. They are, considering all internal and contextual factors, by far the most viral, adaptable and multipliable segment of Christ‐followers globally. If their number continues to grow at a very realistic rate of 20% per year, they will reach a membership of more than 4 billion people within the next 30 years – while most traditional church systems are in overall decline.” – Wolfgang Simson You Are Invited! Karla and I would like to invite you to join us and others from simple… Read More »Simple Church Retreat (Sept. 25-26) Registration Deadline Friday!
Karla and I would like to invite you to join us and others from simple church communities across the region this September 25-26, at the Stanford Inn at Wilderness Road. My prayer is that this time will serve to refresh and encourage you as we seek clarity about what Jesus is up to in our day. In the spirit of simple church, there will not be long presentations to sit through, but rather conversations to explore and relationships to discover and develop with others whose pursuit of Christ has led them (or may be leading them) outside the religious institutions that… Read More »2021 Simple Church Retreat (September 25-26)
Hello friends! I just wanted to get this date on your calendar… September 21-22, 2019. We will be returning to the Wilderness Road Guest Homes and Rooms in Standford, KY this fall for our 8th annual Simple Church Conference! I hope you can make plans to join us! We will have more details coming soon. If you are not on our newsletter, please email us to make sure you receive all the latest information on this conference and happenings with organic/simple/house church we are aware of in the region. Thank you for stopping by and we hope to see you… Read More »Save The Date: Simple Church Conference 2019
“God loves You!” is foundational truth of the Christian faith. It is repeated so frequently among the faithful that it’s almost ingrained in our minds. “Jesus love me this I know, for the Bible tells me so,” is perhaps the first song that many Christians sing to their children. However, how do we really know that God loves us? If someone came to you and said, “Forget the Bible verses. Tell me why you know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that God loves you.” How would you answer?
This was the question I posed at the Simple Church Conference this past weekend in Stanford, KY.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE AUGUST 17TH DESCRIPTION Connect with and learn alongside simple/house/organic church practitioners from around the region at this year’s simple church conference. We will take 24-hours to “REFRESH.” More of a retreat than a “conference,” Gavin Duerson will be facilitating times of encouragement as we look together into God’s Word, and enjoy meals at the Bluebird Cafe! Come and be refreshed by communion with friends and Christ! This year we will be staying in the guest homes at the Wilderness Inn in Standford, KY! Visit Website Here. Children? At every simple church network gathering, we always encourage children to come. … Read More »Simple Church Conference 2018
Women need other women! Around here we don’t gather at communal water wells or shared clothes lines. So, we’re creating space. We’re making time for being together in the form of a retreat. We need it and it will be good. Sue Clark has invited Simple Church ladies and their friends for a day at her farm. Lunch will be provided. We will start at 10Am and end by 5pm. Teaching, singing, small group prayer, communion and an extended personal reflection time are all scheduled. Please email Karla Duerson (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make your reservation and receive your retreat e-packet with… Read More »
From Karla Duerson: Women’s Retreat! Feb 24 Friday – Feb 25 Saturday 6:30 – 4:30 pm (EST) Bluegrass Christian Camp Athens Boonesboro, Lexington, KY, 40509 ———————————————— Maybe we will be having our own women’s retreat one of these days. I hope we do! In the meantime, I did want to invite you all to go to the FAC one at Bluegrass Christian Camp. I am signed up to attend. If there are some who want to go from our group, we are invited to stay at the Jirak’s home so we can make it “our own.” (The overnight accommodations at… Read More »Women’s Retreat