Cultivating a life for God helps us to change our mind to live a life where we focus on the main thing: making disciples. Neil takes us on a journey to receive a burden for the lost and to make disciples in the harvest. In his book, he describes a great, simple, easy, reproducible tool to make followers of Jesus: Life Transformation Groups (LTG). LTG’s are groups of three men or women who hold each other accountable, read repetitive chunks of Scripture and pray for non-believers they know. Several simple church networks use this tool to make disciples and plant churches.
“Teach about obedience to Christ.” “Find resources in the harvest.” Two keys to see church planting movements happen in the world. Steve Addison spend about four days together with church planting practitioners in Singapore. Some of them were part of a movement with multiple generations of disciples and churches. Steve shares what he learned. Obedience to Christ, proclaiming the gospel, find resources in the harvest, equip the saints, slay giants are a few lessons. Read on to learn more!
What are the ten characteristics of a Church Planting Movement? David Garrison researched Church Planting Movements across the world. In this summary of his book, you will find lots of stories about places where movements of churches planting churches are taking place. Garrison found ten characteristics of a Church Planting Movement: 1 Prayer, 2 Abundant gospel sowing, 3 Intentional church planting, 4 Authority of Gods Word, 5 Local leadership, 6 Lay leadership, 7 Cell or house churches, 8 Churches planting churches, 9 Rapid reproduction, 10 Healthy churches. Be inspired and catch the vision to see Church Planting Movements happen across Europe!
The global house church movement has many faces. Wolfgang Simson observes eight streams of house church:
1. Regular house churches: groups of Christians that meet in homes. We see both single groups and organized networks, some of which have websites and are resourced by leadership/ministry teams.
2. Off-the-grid house churches with ‘Out of Church Christians’ that intentionally do not want to be known, listed or be on anybody’s radar. We find out about them by accident or through opinion polling or sampling, the kind of research George Barna does.
200 Christian leaders from 40 nations met in New Delhi, India, Nov 11-14th, 2009, to explore the scope and significance of house-based discipling communities and emerging house church movements worldwide. Known best from the history of the underground house churches in China that report by now an estimated 100 million members, a similar phenomenon has emerged in the last 15 years in numerous nations outside of China.
How to help simple and house churches develop a good way of stewarding money? In a talk with Eno Demiral from Switzerland we discovered how he teaches his simple church network to do this. He teaches his network to take responsibility in five areas. We (SC.eu team) added some explanation to it.
There is much talk these days about missional church. I am more interested in missional living. When we speak of the church we can easily point out the church’s faults and irrelevance but exclude ourselves from the criticism. It is easy to find fault with “the church” but much more difficult when we accept that we are the church.
Europe needs more apostolic workers to bring the Kingdom of God. Dick Scoggins shares why he thinks Europe is ready to release more apostolic workers.
The word apostle means “send one”. In the New Testament there are different kind of apostles. For example, Paul was an apostle to the unreached Gentiles (Pauline) and Peter went to the Jews (Petrine). Dick Scoggins writes in this article what the differences between the two groups are and how they could function to bring the Kingdom of God.