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Simple Church Network Christmas Gathering

Posted by on Dec 2, 2019 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

Simple Church Network Christmas Gathering

Friends! You are invited to come together with others in simple church families across the region for a special Christmas network gathering!  We will enjoy a meal, Christmas music, poetry, a reading of the Christmas story, and encouragement from one another! Sunday, December 15 10 am-Noon 3060 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington KY 40503 (Simple Church Office @ First Southern National Bank) Meal Please consider bringing a dish!   Like most simple church gatherings, this will be a potluck.  Drinks, napkins, plates and etc. will be provided. If you bring a dessert, please bring that in addition to another item. Music Would you like to contribute?  If so, drop us a line. ...

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#GuiltGivingTuesday?

Posted by on Dec 2, 2019 in Blog | 1 comment

#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 the previous weekend...

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Life Together: Leadership Gathering Nov. 16

Posted by on Nov 4, 2019 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

Life Together: Leadership Gathering Nov. 16

Simple church leaders and those interested in leading simple church communities… Rubin McClain and I want to invite you to a two-part discussion on the short book Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  Part one will cover the first two chapters of Bonhoeffer’s classic book on Christian community.  We will enjoy a light breakfast together and examine together what the Lord might say to simple/house/organic church leaders through Bonhoeffer’s experience with the Lord.   When? Where? Life Together: Part 1 – Saturday, November 16th from 9-10:30 am First Southern National Bank at 3060 Harrodsburg Road in Lexington, KY 40503.   While not...

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Fall Network Gathering October 20 @ Raven Run

Posted by on Oct 2, 2019 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

Fall Network Gathering October 20 @ Raven Run

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 you and your family. * Coffee will be provided. * We will gather rain or shine. * Enjoy meeting others in...

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Recommended Readings (Updated)

Posted by on Oct 2, 2019 in Blog, Books | 6 comments

Recommended Readings (Updated)

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...

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Simple Church Conference – Register Today!

Posted by on Aug 14, 2019 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

Simple Church Conference – Register Today!

————- REGISTRATION DEADLINE SEPT. 4th 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 “Refocus” on what simple church is about.  More of a retreat than a “conference,” simple church leaders from the region 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 and encouraged by communion with friends and Christ!   This year we will be staying in the guest homes at the Wilderness Inn in...

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Simple Church Training – August 10

Posted by on Jul 25, 2019 in Blog, Events | 1 comment

Simple Church Training – August 10

Starting in August, we are going to try and moving our monthly leadership times around a bit.  We will try a Saturday morning and perhaps adjust them from month to month.  We know there is never a perfect time for everyone, but we also know that many of you are not able to ever come on the “Wednesday Evening” time we held this time on in the past.  Please RSVP on Eventbrite!  See you on August  Date And Time Sat, August 10, 2019 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM EDT Add to Calendar Location First Southern National Bank 3060 Harrodsburg Road #100 Lexington, KY 40503 View Map   Anyone leading a simple/house/organic church or interested in leading such a group...

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16 Characteristics of Spectators (and Disciple-Makers)

Posted by on Jul 11, 2019 in Blog | 2 comments

16 Characteristics of Spectators (and Disciple-Makers)

I recently came across this list of attitudes or characteristics of “Spectators” and “Disciple-makers.” I found these lists while reviewing old notes I jotted down during the first days of this website and ministry.   I believe they are from the book (or inspired by the book) “No More Spectators” by Mark Nyswander. It’s worth considering as simple church leaders are also people who desire to be apart of the Great Commission in the ways that Jesus demonstrated while here on earth! SPECTATORS Who can disciple me? “Not my job” “Not my gift” Discipleship is separate from normal life Can be very involved (actively...

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Summer Network Gathering – July 27

Posted by on Jul 9, 2019 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

Summer Network Gathering – July 27

Hey folks! Save The DATE! We will be out at the Wheeler’s farm for a day/evening of fellowship and fun. 1 pm-??? What:  100ft. Slip’n Slide, worship by the creek around 6pm. Bring a picnic dinner, swimming attire (if you want) and a chair and come hang out with friends of Simple Church Alliance! Where:  2302 Union Mill Road, Nicholasville, KY  (enter in the driveway by the big rocks!) What to Bring:  Bring your own food and drinks… blanket, or chair, towel and a dry change of clothes if needed!     RSVP Please by emailing us at...

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Maybe it’s a bigger deal than we think?

Posted by on May 17, 2019 in Blog, Teachings | 3 comments

Maybe it’s a bigger deal than we think?

I am generally not someone who leads with the idea that simple church is the “most biblical” way to do church. For me, the idea that the New Testament church seemed to primarily gather in homes is helpful when explaining to folks why it’s normal for the church to primarily ebb and flow through homes, but It’s not my main motivation for advocating simple/house/organic church. For me primarily, simple church is just what makes the most sense given what I know about Jesus, how He has worked in my life, and how I have witnessed His Kingdom operate. However, this morning while beginning the book of Acts, I was watching its overview from the folks at...

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