Every year, the Board of House2House (a ministry providing resources for simple/organic/house churches that Tony and I helped to found in 2000) spends a few days together seeking the Lord. We want to know his emphasis for us over the coming year. Because we have a philosophy that we would rather stop something than continue without the presence of the Holy Spirit, we ask the same question:
"Lord, do you want us to continue, or is our work done? Is there someone doing it better? Should we stop the ministry?"
This January, the question seemed more pressing than usual because simple/organic church has become mainstream here in this country and there are many great resources available.
What we sensed the Lord say to us is this: there is a continuum of churches across the nation, from more traditional at one end to simple/organic at the other. The Lord is shifting many churches (both house and traditional), denominations and missions towards the more organic end of the spectrum.
House2House is to help in this shift.
In order to accomplish this, we have decided to make coaching available for people who would like help and encouragement along the journey. The Board has initially asked Katie Driver, an experienced coach who has done much to encourage the simple/organic movement in her region, if she would be willing to take on that responsibility. Katie has over 27 years of missional experience, training and igniting people in their unique design and calling. She has started many diverse, simple, organic and missional fellowships over the last 15 years and has also worked extensively through legacy churches to encourage simple, organic and missional expressions of church life. She is a trainer and coach for CMAresources’ Greenhouse, and is on the board for House2House.
Obviously, coaching could address a number of different situations, but within the House2House context we anticipate the following people/groups may benefit:
- You feel alone in your simple, organic church journey and would like some encouragement.
- You're in a legacy church that desires to become more organic and missional.
- Your simple church has lost its energy and sense of purpose. You've reached a barrier and don’t know how to push through.
- You'd like to start a simple, organic church but don’t know where to begin.
- You long to be missional but struggle in reaching the people around you with the good news of Jesus Christ but lack the skills.
If you are interested, check out the coaching section of the House2House website