Posts Tagged "Neil Cole"

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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Trying To Figure Out “Church?” Try this…

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Trying To Figure Out “Church?”  Try this…

Neil Cole over at his Coleslaw blog recently wrote a post entitled “Jesus’ View of The Church.”  I thought that Neil had a great idea for anyone or any group trying to figure out what church should look like.  Spoiler Alert… this was the very last part of the post. Here’s a closing suggestion: Take a sheet of paper and draw a line down the middle creating two columns. On the left write: “Who is Jesus?” and write down all the things you know about him (descriptions, names, powers). On the right side write: “Difference this should make in the way we do church.” Write down all the ways we should be different because of who Jesus is. I...

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Recommended Readings

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Blog, Books | 4 comments

Recommended Readings

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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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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2013 Simple Church Conference Audio Available!

Posted by on Sep 9, 2013 in Blog, Teachings | 0 comments

2013 Simple Church Conference Audio Available!

Hello friends! I’m still pumped from the 2013 Simple Church Conference and our first ever local church leaders breakfast!  It was really wonderful to have Neil Cole with us and I can’t say enough how much I appreciate his example of genuine servant leadership and teaching about Jesus. If you missed the conference then we have good news!  Below is a link to our conference page and we have uploaded all the talks and testimonies as well as a few of the video illustrations that he used. You can stream or download the entire conference! http://simplechurchalliance.faclex.com/simplechurchconference2013/ Also, the second Wednesday of October (9th), you are...

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Organic Gardening Principles

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

Organic Gardening Principles

I can’t remember exactly where I got this list, but I believe it was from the CMA Greenhouse Training: Principles of Organic Gardening:   1. The key for growth in the farm or garden is in the health of the soil.   2. Organic farmers remove hindrances to healthy growth from the soil.   3. In an organic garden, a variety of plants and crops grow up together.   4. Organic gardeners don’t add chemicals that are not in their natural form.   5. Chemical nutrients may be added when they are considered a natural supplement to the soil   6. Gardeners tend their garden often and with care. The plants are inspected for pests.   7. When...

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Mega House Church (Rap)

Posted by on Jan 3, 2013 in Blog, Music | 0 comments

Mega House Church (Rap)

Most of my life I have enjoyed satire.  Satire will often seek to approve of or accept as normal ideas that the satirist is actually seeking to attack.  Such is the case in this goofy song that applies attractional, hierarchical, personality driven, pulpit centered, church growth, clergy/laity ideas to simple/house/organic church...

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The Word of Christ

Posted by on Sep 20, 2011 in Blog, Teachings | 2 comments

The Word of Christ

Colossians 3:16 Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. Does the word of Christ dwell richly in you?  This was the question I posed to those attending the Summer Celebration Gathering a few weeks ago.  For simple church to work, the bar for discipleship truly has to be raised.  We cannot simply lower the bar for having church gatherings.  Everyone has to be disciples and making disciples simultaneously.  I’ve thought about this a great deal and it is truly hard to imagine how the Word of Christ could dwell in someone...

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Lessons From The Fields

Posted by on Sep 1, 2011 in Blog, Books | 0 comments

Lessons From The Fields

Neil Cole recently posted an excerpt from the book Organic Church describing what he would do differently if he planted a church today knowing now all that he has learned over the years.  Since in simple church we urge everyone to think of themselves as a potential church planter, I thought that it would be good to point you to these very important lessons. Read the entire article with explanations HERE 1. Begin in the Harvest and Start Small. 2. Allow God to Build Around Others 3. Empower Others from the Start 4. Let Scripture Lead Not Your Assumptions 5. Rethink Leadership 6. Immediate Obedience in Baptism 7. Settle “Your” Ownership...

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Our Role and God’s Role

Posted by on Aug 17, 2011 in Blog, Video | 0 comments

Our Role and God’s Role

Can you cause a person to grow spiritually?  When it comes to disciple making, what is our responsibility?  At a recent Greenhouse Training event hosted by CMA Resources, we examined the following text from Mark 4: 26 He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.” From the text, we see that a farmer can cultivate the ground...

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