Today is part four of a series on my recent trip to meet Kazakhstani and Italian house and simple church leaders. In my last post I shared how the trip re-emphasized to me the importance of seeing church primarily as a “way of life.” Today I reflect on how the importance of intentional discipleship as a characteristic of this way of life was highlighted during my travels. Intentional Discipleship I was really encouraged that many people we encountered emphasized discipleship. Cru and other ministries are making relational investments in many people by focusing on intentional discipleship. David reminded me and… Read More »Part 4: Intentional Discipleship
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House Church For Beginners Breakfast Saturday, April 22, 9am, First Southern National Bank, Lexington, KY (3060 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, KY 40503) We are excited to host a breakfast for anyone interested in learning more about house church. Over the past 12 years, we have been blessed to help others walk with Jesus and experience simple expressions of The Church. While not perfect, we are continually encouraged by what we are seeing and we would like to invite you to a special breakfast to learn more! At this breakfast you will: 1. Discover New Testament house church principles. 2. Learn about… Read More »House Church For Beginners Breakfast – April 22
Friends, We would like to invite all simple and house church friends to come together for a special Good Friday worship and communion gathering at the Lexington Prayer Room on Broadway located at 1218 S Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504. Several folks from area simple churches will lead us in a time of worship through song. If you you have a song, poem, or reading that you would like to share, please come prepared to do so as well! Coffee and light dessert will be provided. RSVP not required but helpful. Let us know if you plan to come by emailing… Read More »Good Friday Worship and Communion Network Gathering
A big “thank you” goes out to all who made it to Lexington for the Simple Church Alliance Christmas Gathering! It is always exciting to see friends from simple churches throughout the state of Kentucky to come together and to meet new folks interested in house church! I was so encouraged by the food, music, scripture, poems, and stories that were shared–even if it was only for a brief time! It’s a joy to be on the journey with you all! May you have all an anticipation-filled last few days of waiting on Jesus to come, and then … A… Read More »Christmas Gathering – A BIG Thanks!
Recently, we concluded our annual Simple Church Retreat. We were blessed to welcome friends from Alabama, Ohio, Eastern Kentucky and Central Kentucky to The Stanford Inn at Wilderness Road.
This year our conversation centered around the idea of simple church as a way of life–not a “ministry” or “way of doing church.”
With the Coronavirus canceling “church services” across the land, folks are starting to ask questions about what “having church” in your home looks like. Here are some ideas and thoughts on the subject!
#GivingTuesday (originally posted Nov. 26, 2018) #GivingTuesday is an opportunistic social media campaign invented by nonprofits to capitalize on the guilt of Americans who have just spent gazillions of dollars and countless hours purchasing and parusing unneeded stuff for themselves and their family with whom they rarely get to see except on Christmas and Thanksgiving (but now only Christmas, because they spent Thanksgiving at Wal-Mart and on their phones looking for #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday deals.) As such, I did not want to miss out on the opportunity provided by #GivingTuesday to capitalize on the guilt that you may be experiencing from… Read More »#GuiltGivingTuesday?
Looking for a good book to read this summer? Perhaps you might enjoy one of the books from the recommended readings list? This list includes several books that the Lord has used to help me see come to the scriptures with fresh eyes and better understanding His desire for The Church and discipleship.
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
In a recent Charisma magazine article, Francis Chan shared more on his journey from megachurch pastor to simple church planter. Chan doesn’t think the standard church model is wrong. But he does think it’s often distracted from what matters. He compares it to throwing a birthday party for his son. He could invite a few friends over to celebrate his song and give him gifts. He could also rent out Chuck E. Cheese and give everyone all the tokens they could want. Undoubtedly more kids would come to the second party. But it’s no longer a celebration for his son:… Read More »Francis Chan: Chuck E. Cheese Church?