Posts Tagged "simple church alliance"

Becoming A Church

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Becoming A Church

Becoming a Church I often get to have conversations with people about the nature of a local church.  Some wonder, “Is my Bible study or small group a local church?  Why or why not?  Could we become a church?”  Even if not asked explicitly, these questions may tumble around in hearts and minds as we collectively wrestle with what it means to be the Body of Christ. – I have mentioned Zumé Project before and how many Christians find it to be a helpful tool in seeing the formation of disciple-making simple churches.  In the appendix of the Zumé Guidebook, there is an idea presented for a group exercise that I would like to highlight.  Perhaps,...

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2017 Year End Letter

Posted by on Dec 30, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

2017 Year End Letter

Friends, Several years ago I had the picture in my mind of a harbor filled with families working to load up their belongings and family members into a multitude of sailboats. They each were getting in position to leave. They were not coming back. Each boat was filled with their family and friends and they were setting out on an incredible journey–a journey that no doubt would be filled with hardship and adventure, challenges and exploration of the unknown. Boats were loaded and friends and family were in place as they raised the sails. There was a slight breeze that began to blow. However, they knew that a powerful wind was coming and when it did, they would be...

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Summer Discouragement? (Updated)

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

Summer Discouragement? (Updated)

Summer Discouragement? (Updated) By Gavin Duerson I find that no time can test your commitment to simple church like the summer. Summer can expose just how much we like to hold onto the “come” mentality when gathering with believers. Since most in the west are tied to the public school calendar, summer tends to be a time of visiting family and friends as well as vacationing. In a larger traditional church service, this irregularity can go without much notice. However, in simple church, summer travel can leave some sitting at home by themselves for their simple church gatherings and this can prove to be a test of our commitment to organic church principles.  Here...

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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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June 4 – Network Worship By The Creek

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

June 4 – Network Worship By The Creek

Please join friends of simple church for an awesome evening on Hickman Creek as we enjoy a time of worship and fellowship with our extended friends and family!   TIME: Sunday, June 4, 6-9 pm Music: We are inviting simple churches from the region to lead us in a set of worship songs.  If you or you simple church is interested, please let us know! RSVP: If you help lead a simple church, then please RSVP for the total number of folks coming with your group.  If you are not connected to a simple church community, then just RSVP for you, your family and friends.   CLICK HERE TO RSVP WHAT TO BRING: Each person or family will be responsible to bring their own picnic...

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Easter Pancakes and Eggs – Network Gathering

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

Easter Pancakes and Eggs – Network Gathering

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 16, 2017 we are hosting a network-wide pancake breakfast and egg hunt at Rabbit Run Clubhouse (1920 Fort Harrods Dr.)!   All of our friends and your friends and family are encouraged to join us for a unique Easter sunday gathering!  We will also enjoy a time of worship through song, testimonies of new life experience this year, and we will close with a fun egg hunt for the kids (of all ages)! How You Can Help To pull this off, we are going to need to work together a little more than when we have our...

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Simple Church Tithe?

Posted by on Feb 19, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Simple Church Tithe?

Recently, a blog post by John Piper about tithing the local church caught my attention for two reasons. First, John Piper stated that he would never say “you must give your tithe to my church.” I affirm this in regard to simple church and I appreciate this statement from one of the nation’s leaders in the legacy church.  Indeed, Piper points out in this article that the Bible offers no justification for a mandated 10% tithe to a local congregation. Secondly, his comments about giving to the local church highlight one of the blessings, if not advantages, of giving in a simple church: When we think about what churches need in order to survive and...

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What A Night!

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Blog, Books | 0 comments

What A Night!

Thanks to everyone who made it out last night to our Simple Church Alliance network Christmas gathering!  It was a great time and I only wish I could have spent more time getting to know all the new folks a bit more and connecting with old friends! …Hopefully we will see everyone again soon in 2017! * You can check out some photos from last night HERE. (if you have some good ones please shoot them to me if you don’t mind!) * We recorded the music and hope to have “A Simple Church Christmas Vol.2” available by next Oct.  You can download Vol. 1 free HERE. * If you had friends that came and would like to be included in simple...

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#GuiltGivingTuesday?

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

#GuiltGivingTuesday?

#GivingTuesday #GivingTuesday is an opportunistic social media campaign invented by nonprofits to capitalize on the guilt of Americans who have just spent gazillions of dollars and countless hours purchasing and parusing unneeded stuff for themselves and their family with whom they rarely get to see except on Christmas and Thanksgiving (but now only Christmas, because they spent Thanksgiving at Wal-Mart and on their phones looking for #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday deals.) As such, I did not want to miss out on the opportunity provided by #GivingTuesday to capitalize on the guilt that you may be experiencing from the previous weekend and let you know how you can support...

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Baptisms and Such

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Blog | 1 comment

Baptisms and Such

God has been moving! The past six weeks have been some of the fullest, most rewarding, and most draining times of our lives and certainly of our ministry. Since the middle of September we have seen eight young people profess faith in Jesus as Savior and step into the waters of baptism. To put this in perspective, in the previous year we had baptized four people, all of which were amazing stories of redemption. During the past few weeks though, God has really been doing some cool stuff…..early church in the book of Acts type of stuff! Our gatherings have...

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