Geckos and Elephants

I found this quote on a recent post over at movements.net.  It’s a great illustration that I think you will enjoy.  The notes below are from Bill Hodgson on why Geckos are Better role models than elephants (Movements.net is a great site and worth spending some time on!).   The simplest form of church is the most adaptable, flexible, versatile, resilient and reproducible to multiply out in different contexts. Asian Elephants – Life span: may live more than 50 years?Gestation: 21 to 22 months?Number of young at birth: 1. Asian elephants a considered rare, especially in the wild. They are… Read More »Geckos and Elephants

No More Spectators

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

Preview Luncheons – Dec. 5th & Jan. 9th

Hello friends! I hope this finds you well!  I continue to hear from many who were unable to come to the “Vision for Being The Church” class and have a desire to know more about what we are doing.  Indeed there are many families here at First Alliance Church (FAC) who are unaware of exactly what we are doing and why we are doing it. Therefore, I have reserved the new Founders Dinning Room at FAC for December 5th and January 9th to have a church plant preview luncheon.  The lunch will immediately follow the second service (12pm) and FAC… Read More »Preview Luncheons – Dec. 5th & Jan. 9th

Church Plant Update!

Church Plant Update. Hello!  Well we have finished the class “A Vision for Being the Church.”  It has been great to hear how God has worked and is continuing to work in your life as you consider your involvement in this new work! So what is next? 1.  No More Spectators. Next week I will begin leading a class entitled “No More Spectators.”  While not specifically for those interested in the new church, it will be important to the new work because we will address how we all can become active participants in the Great Commission—a key element to “simple… Read More »Church Plant Update!

On similar paths

Often I get the question, “Are there any other churches doing this?” when explaining the idea of a “simple church network.”  While we know that many Christians outside of North America experience church differently than our traditional Sunday service-centered church, consider the following findings of the Barna Group that may be surprising: The most prolific response (in nationwide studies concerning house church involvement) comes when adults are asked if they have “experienced God or expressed (their) faith in God in a house church or simple church meeting in the past month,” regardless of whether it is affiliated with some other… Read More »On similar paths

NBC News Report – 9% Protestants Attend House Church Only

(On 10/21/10) Brian Williams on NBC’s Nightly News reported that, at a time when the Crystal Cathedral in California is filing for bankruptcy, 9% of American Protestants now attend only house church. This is an estimated 6-12 million people. (See the link below.) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/39787679#39787679 interesting extra footage: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/39787679#39784379

FREE BOOK: So You Don’t Want To Go To Church Anymore?

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?

21 Opportunities

As we have worked through the vision class for the new church plant, we have identified  21 opportunities that a “simple church network” could provide.  Perhaps you can think of additional opportunities? 1.     Deepening of relationships with members of the church 2.     Easier to invite some into home than to a “church” 3.     More participation from all those involved 4.     Not limited to a scheduled meeting time 5.     Can remove some “extra biblical” stuff / doctrine 6.     Dealing with dirt and conflict 7.     Accountability to each other and to God 8.     Kids involved in worship 9.     Dialogue instead of monologue… Read More »21 Opportunities