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Christmas Gathering – A BIG Thanks!

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!

Simple Church Retreat Recap

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.”

#GuiltGivingTuesday?

#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?

Recommended Readings (Updated)

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.

Save The Date: Simple Church Conference 2019

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

Francis Chan: Chuck E. Cheese Church?

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?

“New Life” and “Family” Testimonies

The following is an excerpt from our friends in Jessamine Co, Kate and Kaleb, who lead a couple of simple churches there!  God continues to do amazing things through their availability to young men and women in need.  Read their entire newsletter here. // What’s Been Happening? New Life! The best thing I can share with you from the last couple of months is that a young girl named Kailee gave her life to Christ. Here’s the simple version of the story that I’m sure started a big party in heaven. Kailee started coming to our Wednesday simple church a few… Read More »“New Life” and “Family” Testimonies

Network Easter Gathering – April 1

We want to invite all simple churches, their friends, and family throughout the region to come together this Easter Sunday morning (April 1st) for a time of worship and testimony! We are going to pack out The Prayer Room on Broadway for a lively morning of singing and stories of new life followed by a lunch at First Southern Bank Community Room for any and all who can join us! Worship and Stories of New Life! Have you or someone in your simple church experienced new life in Christ this past year?  Have they experienced a fresh start as a result of… Read More »Network Easter Gathering – April 1

Becoming A Church

Becoming a Church I often get to have conversations with people about the nature of a local church.  Some wonder, “Is my Bible study or small group a local church?  Why or why not?  Could we become a church?”  Even if not asked explicitly, these questions may tumble around in hearts and minds as we collectively wrestle with what it means to be the Body of Christ. – I have mentioned Zumé Project before and how many Christians find it to be a helpful tool in seeing the formation of disciple-making simple churches.  In the appendix of the Zumé Guidebook, there is… Read More »Becoming A Church