You can tell a lot about a church by what it values or holds dear. Today, Gavin and Tom talk about what they consider to be the strongest values of any church. This is part one of a two part series.
Today, Gavin and Tom take a look at the list of God-given people from Ephesians chapter four: Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Shepherds and Teachers. Are these people still with us today? What do they do among us? Why are they important? How do we recognize them?
For more about the Gifts described in Ephesians Four click here:
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Today, we talk to Jonathan Wilson, pastor of Lexington, Kentucky’s Skate Church. Jonathan describes the origins of Skate Church and how Simple Church principles helped establish this growing group of young Christians in Lexington.
This week Tom had the opportunity to meet with Richard Jacobson, of the Unchurching podcast and author of the book by the same name. While the name of the book may be provocative, Richard assures us that he is not anti-church. Through his writing, speaking and art, he articulates his love for the church. He advocates for a genuine expression of the ecclesia as described in the scriptures –where the church is not just a place that people gather, but IS the people who gather.
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Today, Gavin and Tom – The Simple Guys – take a few minutes to remind our listeners why we produce this podcast. Hint: it’s not to make money! Seriously, we do this podcast to promote healthy churches through simple, organic and family-like structures. Listen to hear what exactly that means.
Today, Gavin and Tom interview Luke, who is currently working in the Middle East among refugees. Luke has worked with Simple Church groups in the past and is applying those principles to groups of refugees in the Middle East. Let’s hear how God is working.
Here are links to some ministries mentioned in the show:
A recent Wall Street Journal article* extolls the virtues of hierarchical structures in an increasingly networked society. Tom and Gavin examine this article in the context of church. Is hierarchy good or harmful when applied to ecclesiology? How much hierarchy is needed for a church to function? How much does it take to become toxic? How do we find the right balance?
*In Praise of Hierarchy, by Niall Ferguson https://www.wsj.com/articles/in-praise-of-hierarchy-1515175338
How is the Simple Church movement doing in North America? Is it growing? Is it healthy? What are its strengths? Its weaknesses? Where is it going? We don’t have all the answers, but Gavin and Tom lend their observations and opinions to these questions.
Missionaries suggest that the North American Church – as we normally experience it – is not the friendliest place in which to disciple a new Christian from a culture different from our own. There are many barriers and obstacles that a cross-cultural disciple must overcome in order to grow in Christ within the American Church. How can we make that adjustment easier for someone from a different culture? Is the attractional church model effective in this case? Could the Simple Church do any better? Listen as Tom and Gavin discuss discipleship and hospitality in the church.