Posts Tagged "evangelism"

Trailer for Upcoming Video by Skate Church Friends

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Blog, Video | 0 comments

Trailer for Upcoming Video by Skate Church Friends

For the past several years Josh Roberts, who along with his wife Katherine helped start a simple church for skaters known in Lexington, KY as “skate church,” has faithfully worked on a video with other guys in the skate church family.  The purpose of the upcoming video, entitled Seek First, is to make the most of their love and passion for skateboarding for the “His Kingdom.” Their perseverance is about to pay off as they are coming down the home stretch with the project and have even set a date for the premier. If you would like to know more about skate church in Kentucky or stay in the loop with the premier of the video you can...

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Not Officially Hosting House Church Anymore

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Blog | 4 comments

Not Officially Hosting House Church Anymore

I recently received and email from a woman that I had contact with several years ago when I was seeking to connect with others in Kentucky exploring simple/house/organic church.  She was trying to host a house church in her rural Kentucky home.  I thought this “update” was very interesting… not the least for the fact that she was no longer “officially hosting a house church anymore.” You know, I am not officially hosting a house church anymore. I really enjoyed that season of my life, but several of our families moved away and it just seemed like the season was over. . I now host a weekly potluck with a group of friends who are for the...

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8 Ways To Start A Simple Church

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

8 Ways To Start A Simple Church

There are no formulas for how to start a simple church.  The Holy Spirit must be the Initiator and Leader if a real church community is to be birthed.  Even still, I can imagine some ways God could use you to birth simple churches: 1. LTG – As you and a friend or two begin a Life Transformation Group (LTG) and you see that LTG multiply into two LTGs, a simple church can be formed. It’s logical and natural that you say, “why don’t we all share a meal together?” If married, the husband’s and wife’s LTGs can come together weekly for simple church! There are many advantages to this because the multiplication of disciples is the building block of the new...

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“Direction” for 2014

Posted by on Dec 19, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

“Direction” for 2014

For many of us who started simple church here in Central Kentucky, the idea of a “word” for the year is familiar; asking God to place a word on our heart that He wants to serve as a theme for the coming year. Many people have had interesting stories of how God has spoken to them through this practical exercise over the years. This morning as I was meeting with a friend, I believe that God showed me my word for 2014–Direct. This word flows into everything that He seems to be saying to me presently about simple church and in other personal matters. Essentially, I believe that God wants me to be more “direct” in giving DIRECTion. Hopefully, this email serves...

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What Are We Inviting People Into?

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

What Are We Inviting People Into?

When you think about reaching out to others, what do you invite them into? I believe that what is needed in the body of Christ is believers who are willing to generously offer Jesus-centered friendships to others they meet.  Far too often, we encounter spiritually interested folks and we invite them to our “meeting,” our “church,” or encourage them to “get plugged in” to some ministry.  However, for many of us we simply do not know how to practically invite people into a relationship with Jesus.  Often this can be because we simply do not feel qualified or capable to help others connect with Jesus.  We feel that an expert would be...

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My Hope America With Billy Graham (Update)

Posted by on Aug 12, 2013 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

My Hope America With Billy Graham (Update)

UPDATE: Hello folks!  Below is information about how you can order (for free) the DVD with Billy Graham’s new recorded message he has done for the “My Hope” nationwide outreach this November that he is heading up.  Clicking the link will also take you to the website to learn more about this opportunity which I think many in simple church will find to be a natural, relational, and intentional way to go about sharing the Gospel with our friends and neighbors.  Note there are several other gospel presentation videos available online that you could show at your “Mathew Party” that are available for viewing online now. IF you plan to host a...

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Messaging Muslims: An Evangelistic Opportunity

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

Messaging Muslims: An Evangelistic Opportunity

  I have a close friend who regularly encourages and challenges me in my walk with Jesus.  Not only has he helped me greatly to understand what “church” can look like outside traditional walls, but he continually encourages me to consider the opportunities that America affords believers in the task of global evangelization.  After living in the Arab world off and on over the past several years, he has discovered one of the most effective means for initiating relationships and Gospel conversations with Muslims is… Facebook! Below is a document he is making available for anyone who would like to join him in this engaging Muslims online through...

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Is “Church” a Barrier To The Gospel?

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Blog | 2 comments

Is “Church” a Barrier To The Gospel?

Is “Church” A Barrier To The Gospel? Allow me to encourage you with a story about a young man on the campus of the University of Kentucky who has jumped into “simple church.”  He began with an announcement in his dorm that there would be a simple church meeting to discuss “church.”  Much to the surprise of both of us, 15 people (mostly unbelievers) showed up.  They committed to pair up, read the Bible, and return next week to discuss what they learned. Upon meeting with some of the “atheist” guys and discussing simple church, my new friend commented that the atheists told him that it was “really refreshing the way we...

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Like A Might Wave: Church Planting Movements (Video)

Posted by on Jan 11, 2012 in Blog, Video | 1 comment

Like A Might Wave: Church Planting Movements (Video)

Below is a link to a video produced by the Southern Baptists explaining church planting movements (CPMs). Essentially, this video lays out why we believe that simple church is in fact a response to what God is doing throughout the world (and yes, here in the USA) rather than a reaction to traditional church structures. We pray that by God’s grace the ten common characteristics identified in CPMs around the world, as highlighted at the end of this video, would also exist throughout the simple churches in our region. May we see something like a “mighty wave” of God move through our community as in other parts of the world! Click to Watch Video (or copy...

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Making The Call – Part 2 (Video)

Posted by on Jan 5, 2012 in Blog, Video | 0 comments

Making The Call – Part 2 (Video)

One of the greatest truths I’ve been able to learn over the years is that it is impossible to “loose” when you seek to share your faith with someone out of love. Recently I came across one of the most powerful videos I’ve seen with regards to witnessing.  This video is a great encouragement to every believer to not be afraid to share truth in love with everyone—even famous celebrity atheists! I would like to encourage you to take a few minutes and listen to the comments of the famous comedian/illusionist and outspoken atheist Penn Gillette concerning an encounter he had with a Christian after one of his...

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