Posts Tagged "discipleship"

Virtual Simple Church

Posted by on Apr 2, 2020 in Blog | 2 comments

Virtual Simple Church

I was really encouraged by a very simple post by Roger Thoman this morning over at the Simple Church Journal.  I’ve mentioned him here before and I would highly recommend that you follow his blog.  The post was about “virtual house church” and I basically thought I’d copy the idea here. With the quarantine in place, many simple churches are meeting online with zoom, skype, facetime, etc.  Since simple church is really all about relationships, this is a fairly natural transition for many communities.  With certain changes to American life and the “church” coming in the months ahead, even post-quarantine, perhaps this will be a trend...

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A Church of Two…Now More Than Ever!

Posted by on Apr 1, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

A Church of Two…Now More Than Ever!

As folks deal with the quarantine and COVID-19, Christians are discussing how to continue worship services.  What if we consider “church” of a different kind?  What if the Body of Christ recaptured the blessing of a church of two? Jesus said, “Where two or more gather in My name, I am with them,” (Matthew 28:20).  In my experience, understanding and experiencing the reality of church expressed in the relationship with at least one other believer is a basic building block in the Kingdom.  This type of church leads to life-changing discipleship and fulfillment of the Great Commission! A church of two is easy, but it’s often overlooked and...

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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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Save The Date: Simple Church Conference 2019

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

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 in September! More about The Wilderness Road Guest Houses in Standford, KY HERE.   Visit the Famous Bluebird...

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Church Ain’t About The Building – Joseph Solomon Video

Posted by on Nov 9, 2018 in Blog, Video | 0 comments

Church Ain’t About The Building – Joseph Solomon Video

Joseph Solomon has gained a following online for his music, poetry, and YouTube videos about Christianity.  If you are like me, the idea of broadcasting your life and on social media is still a bit of an odd concept. However, no one can argue that this practice is becoming increasingly normal for an entire generation of younger folks.  So, it should be no surprise that the Lord would meet people where there are (online) to spread His love.  In the Vlog (Video Blog) below, Joseph provides a small window into what house church and disciple-making (what he calls “building”) looks like for him in the middle of Chicago. It’s worth a...

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No Place Left Vermont – by Justin Bagley

Posted by on Aug 4, 2018 in Blog | 1 comment

No Place Left Vermont – by Justin Bagley

“…there is no more place for me to work in these regions…” -Paul the Apostle (Romans 15:23, NIV) We at Green Mountain Simple Church are immensely excited to partner with No Place Left, “an international movement of movements aimed at getting to no place left where Christ is not made known in our generation.” On August 20-21, 2018, GMSC had the opportunity to partner with Calvary Bible Church in Rutland to host No Place Left trainers Justin White from Raleigh, North Carolina and Jon Slenker from Norfolk, Virginia. Our No Place Left training team in Fellowship Hall at Calvary Bible Church. Left to right, Nick Pope, Jacob Stafford, Jon Slenker, Justin...

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Podcast Turns 4! – New Episode Available!

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in Blog, Teachings | 0 comments

Podcast Turns 4! – New Episode Available!

It’s hard to believe it, but the Keep it Simple Podcast is celebrating it’s 4th Birthday!  What started out as a reason for Tom and I to regularly connect and discuss issues relevant to house/simple/organic church as turned into a four-year, 100+ episode endeavor!  Along the way, we have been blessed to let many of you in on our thoughts about house church in real time and even encourage others living outside our state to pursue Christ through the simple church.  Tom and I have even managed to not kill each other!  In all seriousness, I’m grateful to Tom and his idea to start this podcast and how it has allowed us to grow as friends and to...

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Two Churches at The Same Time

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Blog, Teachings | 2 comments

Two Churches at The Same Time

One of the take-a-ways from my time with Lee Wood at our simple church conference was the simple concept of “two churches at the same time.” One of the biggest challenges for simple churches is grasping how we can be a committed and intimate community of believers that also grows into multiple simple churches.  Growing together and outward can seem at odds.  Often, our minds are bent toward the “splitting” (grow the group and then split it in half when it gets too big).  Others envision sending folks out of the group to start new groups as opportunities arise.  Because we perceive that both of these options neccesitate saying goodbye to those...

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A Story of Real Multiplication In Tampa, Florida

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in Blog | 1 comment

A Story of Real Multiplication In Tampa, Florida

Below is a link to a podcast that features the story of Lee Wood.  I met Lee last year when in Tampa meeting with other simple church leaders involved with the Zume Project.  He considered my song “Mega House Church” a genius work of art, so of course we hit it off! Lee’s story will encourage anyone who has lost faith in the church in the US or who has a hard time imagining how His church and Kingdom can expand without the buildings, budgets, programs and professional Christians we have grown accustomed to.  Lee is a genuinely humble guy, as you will hear.  His tears are real.  His story is real.  The multiplication he is talking about is...

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Evaluating Your Simple Church (Part 1)

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Evaluating Your Simple Church (Part 1)

Evaluating Your Simple Church (Part 1) By Gavin Duerson How do we evaluate our simple church community?  We may shy away from examining ourselves because we can be afraid of what we will find.  However, when handled properly, taking time to assess your simple church can help your community grow into all that God desires for it to be. Jesus encouraged personal reflection and evaluation (Luke 10) as did the early disciples (1 Cor. 11).  Many of the letters we read in the New Testament include evaluations of the church’s activity.  Because God loves us and wants us to grow closer to Him, we should not fear asking Him to lead us in a time of honest...

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