Posts Tagged "LTG"

8 Ways To Start A Simple Church

Posted by on Jan 15, 2017 in Blog, Teachings | 0 comments

8 Ways To Start A Simple Church

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...

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Tool: LTG Bookmark

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Tool:  LTG Bookmark

Recently I put together a simple printout that you can use as a bookmark in Life Transformation Groups (LTGs).  On this bookmark, I have put some questions and symbols that we have used to train others in discovery Bible study as well as some questions intended to foster authentic disciplemaking friendships as well as a few prayer ideas for praying for friend found in Neil Cole’s LTG resources.  This tool will be best understood if you take a second to learn more about Life Transformation Groups and how they can be a helpful way of thinking about making disciples.  Check out this post on our site and the links referenced there to learn about LTG’s how...

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Encouragements (5.7.15)

Posted by on May 8, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

Encouragements (5.7.15)

Just a few encouragements I want to pass along… –Brice Burton (originally from Somerset and now living Tacoma, Washington) joined our 1st Wednesday of the Month Google Hangout and shared of how he and his wife Becca have been really invested in a pub in their neighborhood. They now have a community of 20 or so “not-yet believers” that they meet with every Monday. They are starting to see many of those folks take interest in their home gathering and Life Transformation Groups. –I am excited for a young family in Elizabethown, Ky that is patiently and faithfully taking steps to see a simple church community birthed.  As we have talked weekly...

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Everyone Left Our Simple Church… Now What?

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Everyone Left Our Simple Church… Now What?

Everyone Left Our Simple Church… Now What? By Gavin Duerson For simple church to make sense and be sustainable, it must be missional.  Sure, we hope that our simple church provides wonderful encouragement, community, fellowship for each other.  We also know that God intends His church to provide that same body life experience for others not yet connected to Jesus.  If we miss the missional aspect, we may become ingrown and see our fellowship fail to exist. While we learn to be more “missional” and outward focused, however, it can sometimes be the case that we see more people leave our community than we see new people welcomed into it.  When this...

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Our Year in Simple Church (part 3) – By Jeff Herron

Posted by on Jan 3, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Our Year in Simple Church (part 3) – By Jeff Herron

This was really the first year we considered ourselves “doing” simple church, and it has been full of winnowing away, learning what really matters, and growing in love. We have been stretched in every way and are much better for it! As the year started, we were several months in to our decision to stop attending Sunday morning worship services at a local church. We felt called to be more directly involved in our local community, and had started attending this local church as part of that leading, but after only a few months we sensed the Lord had other plans. So we learned to enjoy sleeping in on Sunday mornings and to focus on nurturing our relationship with...

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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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LTG – Just Do It! (Guest Blog by Marian Toth)

Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

LTG – Just Do It! (Guest Blog by Marian Toth)

Last month, I attended the Simple Church Conference lead by Neil Cole. I have read books and articles written by Neil but I really enjoyed the teaching on Life Transformation Groups (LTG). During this time, the Lord began to speak to me about seeking a person with whom to experience an LTG. I began to ask Him for wisdom about a person to ask. After praying for several days, God placed a woman on my heart.   Sherry is a lady that I have met before, but do not know well.  At first I did not know if I wanted to take the risk being turned down as she is a very influential woman in our city. However, we are Facebook friends so I prayed about what I should write, wrote her a...

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Discipleship Tool: Life Transformation Groups

Posted by on Apr 26, 2012 in Blog | 2 comments

Discipleship Tool: Life Transformation Groups

How do I make a disciple?  Make no mistake, there is no formula or ten step process for making disciples.   However, when Jesus told the disciples to “go and make disciples of all the nations,” I have a strong feeling they knew how to do what he was talking about.  After all, they had been discipled by Jesus and observed first-hand “the way” Jesus turned them into one of His disciples!  I have posted briefly some of the discipleship principles we see Jesus live out, a full message on the subject, and the crazy “Turtleman Video” illustration here. But how can we put these principles into action?  How might we practically start making...

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