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.
Today, Tom and Gavin discuss the recent promise from the Obama Administration of accepting more than 10,000 Syrian refugees, despite concerns that some of them may have ties to terror groups. Will we be compassionate to these desperate refugees? Is the risk of allowing potential terrorists into our country a real enough threat to prevent these refugees from coming to our shores? What is the Church’s stance on this complex issue? How should we treat refugees wherever they come from?
We continue to chat with Forrest Head of Big Life at Home Ministries. In this episode, we speculate on the future of the Church in the West and especially in North America. What part does Simple Church play in making disciples for Jesus in a time when traditional church attendance seems to be in decline everywhere?
In this podcast, Tom and Gavin continue their interview with Forrest Head of Big Life At Home Ministries. For years Forrest has labored to help plant simple churches overseas and train their leaders with great success. For the past several years, Forrest has been applying Simple Church planting principles in North America. Could we see the same spontaneous growth in the North American Church that has been so prevalent in other parts of the world?
Here is a link to Forrest’s Ministry Website:
Today’s podcast is a recording of a sermon that Gavin preached back in January of 2014 at First Alliance Church in Lexington, Ky. The name of the sermon is “A Simple Church on Every Street.” Gavin describes the work currently going on within the Simple Church Alliance, as well as his vision for what the future holds for Simple Churches in Lexington and Kentucky and the world.
Gavin and Tom will back in the studio very soon to record more podcasts. In the meantime, enjoy this message.
Meet Dustin and Lauren, a young couple who are working among an unreached people group from West Africa. They work in a major urban center here in the United States among immigrants from a West African Nation. Sorry we can’t provide more details, but for security reasons we are being deliberately vague. Dustin and Lauren are seeking to evangelize and plant organic churches among this people group. This is part one of a two part interview.
If you want to know more about the work that Dustin and Lauren are doing, or if you wish to support them with your prayers and finances, leave a comment at this post and we will pass it along.
You could also see their blog at: http://thirtyfourthree.com/
This is the last chance to sign up for the 2014 Simple Church Conference, September 20-21 in Wilmore, Kentucky. Join us for two days of fun, fellowship, networking and informative teaching.
In this podcast, we meet Matt Wheeler, a leader in The Simple Church Alliance of Lexington, Kentucky. Matt discusses his journey into Simple Church and a deeper relationship with Jesus. Being in a Simple Church has helped Matt discover that Christianity is less about programs and “checklists” and more about relationships.