Posts Tagged "house church"

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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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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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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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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Easter Celebration Gathering + Pancakes, Egg Hunt

Posted by on Apr 7, 2019 in Blog, Events | 1 comment

Easter Celebration Gathering + Pancakes, Egg Hunt

Easter Pancakes and Eggs! We invite all our simple church friends, family, and acquaintances to join us for a unique Easter Sunday gathering! This Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019, 10AM-Noon, we are hosting a network-wide pancake breakfast and egg hunt at Rabbit Run Clubhouse (1920 Fort Harrods Dr.)! We will also enjoy a time of worship through song and testimonies of new life experienced this year. How Can You Help? If all of us pitch in, this can be … simple! Perhaps you can help? Have you experienced new life in Christ this year? Would you be willing to share your story in person or on video?   Can you help make some pancakes?   Would you like to help with...

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Transitions (Audio Teaching)

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in Blog, Teachings | 0 comments

Transitions (Audio Teaching)

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with Wayne Jacobsen here in Lexington.  He probably doesn’t remember much about the meeting, but I remember being slightly discouraged.  At the time, I was just getting started with this ministry of helping folks start simple churches and I didn’t get the sense from him that he was all that excited about simple churches!  I had read his book So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore?” (download free here) and really resonated with the main character’s frustrations.  While I agreed that “house church was not the answer” (a realization the character discovers), I’m not...

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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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