Recommended Readings

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Blog, Books | 4 comments

Recommended Readings

I believe strongly that reading the scriptures directly is the most important thing any of us can do when we are seeking to hear from God.  Also, I am very thankful for others who have challenged me, through their writings, to read the scriptures with fresh eyes.  I would highly recommend to anyone interested in simple church to read the following books,  God has used them greatly in my life to better understand what “C/church” is all about. (click on the book’s title to have the option to buy on Amazon.com.  In most cases you be able to read first 30 pages or so without purchase).  Please share any books that have been helpful to you in the comment section below.  Enjoy!

lukr10manualLuke 10 Manual by Steve and Marilyn Hill.  Another FREE resources that is available at House2House.com.  The book highlights principles Jesus had the first disciples use when bringing the message of the Kingdom into new places.  An excellent free resource (free pdf download) for anyone thinking about starting or leading a simple church community.  Download FREE here

 

 

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SSCRevCoverimple/House Church Revolution by Roger Thoman. This is an excellent FREE ebook that is fairly short and provides a great introduction to simple church ministry. Highly recommended for anyone starting and an excellent book to share with others who have interest. Download for FREE here

 

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heargodcover A Simple Guide To Hearing God by Felicity Dale.  “There is only one skill that is essential in simple church and that is the ability to hear God speak.”  Felicity has said something like this on many occasions and I’m finding each day that she is right!  This short interactive ebook has been valuable to many of us in learning to hear His voice!  Download for FREE here

 

Small Is Big!: Unleashing the Big Impact of Intentionally Small Churches.  This book, released several years ago by authors Tony and Felicity Dale and George Barna under the title The Rabbit and The Elephant,” is now available in paperback under the new title and includes and couple of additional chapters.  This is my favorite book so far on simple church and would be a great place to start if you are considering starting or being a part of a simple church community.

 

 

 

The House Church Book: Rediscover the Dynamic, Organic, Relational, Viral Community Jesus Started.  Wolfgang Simpson, has been helping others plant house churches in Germany and abroad for many years.  He and George Barna join together to answer the question “Why house church?”  This short book is a very bold and thorough case for simple/house/organic church involvement. Pick up a copy of this book!

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Church 3.0, By Neil Cole – This is Neil’s follow-up book to Organic Church.  Covers some of the highlights of Organic Church but dives into some of the more practical aspects of how Organic Church is implemented.

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Revolution, By George Barna – a short book largely focusing on the research behind “church” in America and the trend toward Christians leaving the church in search of something lest institutional and more relational in nature.  The book does a good job of showing how something like simple church could resonate with our world today.

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Church Planting Movements, By David Garrison- I first read this book in a seminary class several years ago.  It was the first book I read that opened my eyes to a different way of doing church (and the reason for doing it differently!).  The books takes a look at the rapid expansion of churches across the world and identifies some common characteristics of these “movements” of God.  You can read my review of this book here.

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No More Spectators, By Mark Nysewander – Mark is a “cell church” pastor from Georgia.  This book highlights principles for “disciple makers,” which I believe that God desires us all to be.  I think this short book does a super job of painting the picture of the DNA necessary for the multiplication of disciples and simple churches.
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Finding Organic Church, By Frank Viola – I really enjoy Frank Viola’s writings.  He is very forthright about his views on traditional church which can turn some off (Frank lays out the case agains many of our traditional church practices in the book Pagan Christianity), however I usually find his honesty refreshing.  This book contains some very practicle helps for those seeking to “find organic church.”
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Roaring Lambs, by Bob Briner – I read this book many moons ago and it has greatly impacted my view of “missions” and the need for us to truly believe in the “priesthood of all believers.”  I pray that the simple churches would be filled with “roaring lambs!”

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So You Don’t Want To Go To Church Anymore? by Jake Colsen. This is a book that challenges our understanding of “church” in much the same way The Shack challenges our understanding of God and The Trinity.  It’s fiction, but with a clear message.  It’s a very easy to read, thought provoking, and entertaining.  UPDATE! DOWNLOAD THIS BOOK FOR FREE HERE!!!!

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The Master Plan For Evangelism, by Robert Coleman.  A book about evangelism & discipleship (not sure why we separate the two these days?), Coleman takes a look at the “Masters’ Plan” for reaching the world with the Gospel.  While not written about “simple church,” this book, in my opinion, exceptionally highlights why and how intentionally focusing on following Jesus’ way of fulfilling the Great Commission can lead to simple church multiplication.

 

 

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