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  • Why was this site started?

    slide06.jpgLet us begin with a very important fact. The goal of the site is not to criticize traditional or institutional churches. Yes, some of the articles make comparisons and some of the writers do strongly question traditional practices. However, those of us who have created this site did so for several reasons:

  • Our Best Articles

    bestartikle.jWe have over one hundred articles available on our site, so if you are a new visitor, you may be overwhelmed. Where should you start? Here you will find some of our best articles that we have posted since the s...

  • What is 'simple church'?

    slide02.jpgSome call them house churches. Some call them organic churches. Some call them simple churches. We prefer to just call them churches. They are rapidly multiplying, simple communities of believers, meeting in homes, offices, campuses, wherever God is moving. This is the pattern common to many parts of the globe, and is now becoming more and more common in the U.S. as well.

  • Incarnational Practices

    slide05.jpgYou are church before you do church. This is one of the fueling insights of the missional church movement. This isn't a new idea...but it is pretty provocative, especially when one considers its implications. If we take Jesus at his word when he says (as recorded in John 20:21) "as the Father has sent me, I am sending you," then we realize that our being sent is the basis of our "doing" church. In oth...

  • What is an Organic Church?

    slide04.jpg Organic Church. I've been using this term for around fifteen years now. Today it's become somewhat of a clay word, being molded and shaped to mean a variety of different things by a variety of different people.

    T. Austin-Sparks is the man who deserves credit for this term. Here's his definition:


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winding-road.jpgPreface

Before you read these thoughts, there is one central thought which rises above all other thoughts:

THE CHURCH IS TO BE THE EARTHLY IMAGE OF THE TRIUNE GOD.
In the triune God, there is seen divine life, divine fellowship, and divine purpose.  There is a fellowship of mutual love, mutual dependence, mutual honor, mutual submission, mutual dwelling, and mutual purpose.
As we look at the church, we should be seeing this same expression of the triune God, the Father, son and Holy Spirit, interacting with one another.

Our sole driving passion is that the earthly church would mirror our triune God.  Let us not be diverted by discussions about mega churches, purpose driven churches, cell-group churches. Next Generation churches, traditional churches, simple churches or contemporary churches.

Let us simply ask:  How can we be the church which truly looks like the triune God?!  I am an advocate of simple organic churches because I believe they are the closest earthly expression of the triune God, but that does not mean they are the only expression.  I support any expression of the church which practices the headship of Christ, the priesthood of all believers, open-participatory gatherings, and non-hierarchical leadership.

Outline

  • Preface
  • The Learning Journey
  • A Call for Change:  A Missional View
  • Authentic Change Leading to Restoration
  • Protecting Christendom
  • Church Planting:  Past and Future
  • Simple Reproducing Churches
  • Conclusion


 
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