Tag Archives: Leadership

110: Can Hierarchy Be Good for the Church?

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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

 

 

 


78: Simple Leadership for the Simple Church

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What do we look for in a leader? Is the leader of a Simple Church always the person with the right training, the right personality, the right gifts and abilities? Or is Simple Church leadership less complicated? What makes a leader among a group of Christ-Followers? Listen as Tom and Gavin discuss Biblical Leadership for the Simple Church.

 

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Episode Sixty Six: Do Churches Really Need Professionals and Programs?

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As we evaluate what a Simple Church is and what it does, we ask ourselves questions like, “What is absolutely necessary for a church to exist? What is optional? What things are hindering the church from being all that God wants it to be?” Today we look at two concepts of modern church – Professionals and Programs, and we ask, “Are these things absolutely necessary to have a vibrant and growing church?”

 

 

For more information about “P.O.U.C.H.” Churches:

http://www.churchplantingmovements.com/images/stories/audio/CPM_Summaries/15_POUCH_Churches.mp3

https://tangiblethoughts.wordpress.com/2009/05/19/church-planting-movements-by-david-garrison/

 


Episode Sixty: Don’t Be THAT Guy! Part Two

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Participating in a simple form of church means that everyone is encouraged to contribute to the church’s regular gatherings. This can be a great way to hear from God by hearing what He is teaching others. But what happens when there is someone in your midst that interferes in that communication process? What do you do with the person who perhaps talks too much and won’t let others speak? Or what about a disruptive person? A false teacher? In this second part of two episodes, Tom and Gavin discuss what can be done when your meetings are “hijacked” by insensitive people.

 


Episode Fifty Nine: Don’t Be THAT Guy! Part One

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Participating in a simple form of church means that everyone is encouraged to contribute to the church’s regular gatherings. This can be a great way to hear from God by hearing what He is teaching others. But what happens when there is someone in your midst that interferes in that communication process? What do you do with the person who perhaps talks too much and won’t let others speak? Or what about a disruptive person? A false teacher? In this first of two episodes, Tom and Gavin discuss what can be done when your meetings are “hijacked” by insensitive people.

 


Episode Fifty Eight: 2015 Simple Church Conference Wrap Up

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Tom and Gavin share their impressions and highlights from the recent Simple Church Conference held in late August in Lexington, Kentucky.
One of the links mentioned in this podcast is a free e-book: The Luke 10 Manual:

Episode Fifty One: An Interview with Forrest Head, Part Two

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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:

http://biglifeathome.com/

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