I thought this excerpt from the book The Rabbit and The Elephant by Tony and Felicity Dale was helpful when addressing the question of, “When and how should our simple church multiply?” I think it also speaks to how someone (I’d recommend a couple of believing families) might possibly start a simple church… How do we multiply our church? The first church we started grew to more than fifty before we split it down the middle into two groups. For a year after that, people told us that the split felt like a divorce. Because of this, we no… Read More »When to multiply?
Blog posts that contain references to books that are related to simple church
I wanted to share some abbreviated notes from Frank Viola’s book Finding Organic Church. Perhaps it may encourage you as we “learn how to meet” together in our simple churches. Please note that, to my knowledge, the Frank Viola that wrote this book is not the same Frank Viola that played for the Mets and signed the ball above. Chapter 15: Learning How To Meet : Meeting Content 1) Sing Together – without instruments, without a song leader or a music leader, learn lots of new songs together. 2) Share Together – Viola suggests the following “share together” exercises for… Read More »Meeting Ideas (Part 1)
This Sunday will mark the third week of the No More Spectators class at First Alliance Church. While not a “book study,” the class name as well as many of the big ideas were taken from a book written by Mark Nysewander with the same title. Mark spoke several months ago at our church and passed his book along to me. Like Robert Coleman’s book, The Master Plan of Evangelism, Mark issues a challenge to all believers to engage in the Great Commission following the model that Jesus gave us. I especially like how Mark compares and contrasts “spectator” Christians… Read More »No More Spectators
Wow! One of the books on the “recommended readings” list I posted here awhile back is actually available for free! You can download this book in a pdf format (reminder: you can read pdf files on your iphone or ipad and you can always read on your computer or print it out) or download it in a .lit format to be read with your with Microsoft Reader compatible PDA! If you have found yourself reading this post, I can’t encourage you enough to read this short book. I pray that it will challenge and encourage you as it has me!… Read More »FREE BOOK: So You Don’t Want To Go To Church Anymore?