Wild at Heart EXTREME was AWESOME!!!

We had a great time this weekend at the Wild at Heart Extreme Retreat!

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Fellowships of the Heart

This is some of the best writing I've ever read on simple church.  You've got to check out EpicReality.com

Click here to read the part of EpicReality.com on Fellowships of the heart!!!

Family First

Phil_mcgraw_1Here's an article I received by my friend Mike Steele:

I went to the book store today and found a book that surprised me. Dr. Phil, famous for his TV counseling, has written another book. The title jumped off the shelf at me . Family First! Here’s what Dr. Phil says on the book cover.

I want to talk to you about Family: Yours and Mine.

I know and feel that as parents, you and I share some very important priorities. Just like you, I love my family more than anything in the world and I want us all to be safe, healthy, happy and prosperous in everything we do, both within our family and as we go out into the world. Cynics will tell you that it is just an old-fashioned, lost concept, getting buried in a busy world of “enlightened” people. I’m here to tell you that that is not right, not even close. Family is even more important today than in generations past, and its erosion is unacceptable. This is a fight we can and must win. …. Your children are the stars in your crown and it is time for them to shine; it is okay for them to shine and, if you do your job, shine they will.

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Wild at Heart Retreat in Central Texas

You are invited to a life changing adventure!

We just couldn't offer this in a church setting. Or in the basement of a hotel. No, in order for a man to get his heart back, he's got to take a journey. One that involves risk, and danger, and a point of no return.

The Wild at Heart retreat is a four-day quest into the recovery of your masculine soul as outlined in John Eldredge's book, Wild at Heart.

Through DVD teaching sessions, films, guided periods of reflection and journaling, question and answer, and small group discussion, this will be something far more than a retreat—its an expedition of the heart. You will never be the same. Basically we'll be doing guy stuff for several days (paintball, hiking, camping, maybe even some climbing and kayaking), and in between the activities we'll be going through the Wild At Heart Field Manual using the DVD series featuring John Eldredge and the Ransomed Heart Team.

The adventure will begin on the evening of Thursday, November 11th at around 6-7 p.m.. We'll be based at Westwood Retreat Center in Kerrville, Texas.

My prayer is that this weekend you will meet with God and he will change your life.

If you are a guy over the age of 18 and you'd like to come, please post a comment or email me (jon@jondale.com) and I'll send you a link to the Website that has more details and the registration form. Space is very limited.

I do NOT recommend this as a Father/Son trip.

Some Great Questions

Here are some questions (and my replies) from a great couple who visited our home church last night. I thought some might find it helpful.


It was great meeting you guys last night. You'd probably find it helpful to browse through the magazines that I gave you. They'll probably address other questions that you haven't thought of.

I'll try to address each of your questions here:

How is each Sunday meeting structured?

Um, good question. It varies from week to week.

Is there studying/teaching of the Word during each church meeting?

Yes and no. We almost always have a time of interactive bible study. Where we read and discuss the scriptures together. We DON'T usually have a "prepared" teaching of any kind. We tend to look at that as the role of the Holy Spirit. The Celtic Christians used to refer to the Holy Spirit as the Wild Goose. We like to think of our whole lives and especially our times together as kind of a Wild Goose chase as we try to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit as best we can.

Do you rotate who teaches/leads a discussion?

Kinda. We don't really have a leader, and we've all become pretty good at taking part in the conversation. I took a little more active role last night than I probably would normally.

Do you worship through music? Sometimes, but we don't feel it's required for church.

Was last night's meeting typical for a Sunday night or changed up last minute since not all of us had the John Eldridge book?

Yes and Yes. There aren't really any typical Sunday nights to point to. Last night was typical in that we prayed for each other and had a good conversation. We look to do 3 things when we get together, break bread (eat), study the word, and pray together. These are out of the beginning of Acts where they talk about what the church did together.

And here was her response (including permission to use her email – thanks Trish).


Thanks again for answering our questions. You're welcome to use my email as a FAQ or Q&A. Home church seems revolutionary to me. I say this because I was raised in a conservative, Presbyterian church home. I've become accustomed to program style churches and church small groups where there is much structure in place. These experiences have shaped my thoughts of what church should be. However, I'm setting aside these preconceived ideas because I think there is so much more in worshipping and gathering in Christ's name than pew sitting on Sundays and attending the proverbial mid-week Bible Study. I appreciate your help in our church search, Jon.


The Top 10 Churches in the World

The Top 10 Churches in the World
by Wolfgang Simson

Agreed: influence in today´s world is far more important than size.
However, looking at the number of people attending some of the world´s largest churches in the year 2004 gives us an understanding of where we are going in the future. Many things are changing: Churches, that have had 300.000 attenders 10 years ago, like the once famous cinema-church "Ondas del Luz y Amor" in Buenos Aires, are almost gone. Completely new models are emerging, like in India´s city Allahabad, where, on Sunday, a University simply changes into a church, with up to 80.000 people attending weekly.

Membership figures are changing strongly, and active participation can be more acurately measured by attendance – "voting with our feet" – than being a name on a membership roll. Yonggi Chos church in Seoul, for example, speaks of 773.000 members, but "only" 253.000 do actually attend the services in the main church and the Seoul satellite churches.

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Extreme Church

Sky Diving Communion
This is awesome. Check out this article about extreme church. (Remember it is april 1st).

Click here for the article from EmergingChurch.info

Visitors from Switzerland


Here are our new friends Dave & Trix Schlaginhaufen ($10 for pronouncing it correctly the first time) in front of our local McDonald's. We had a great time with them last night visiting The Clay Pit and Uchi for dinner (yes, we had 2 dinners). Amy and Dave ate whole crabs (sorry, no pics), the rest of us just ate raw fish.

Dave & Trix are simple church planters in Switzerland and are touring the US visiting folks involved in Simple Church.

First Clown Church Launched

Yes its true, this may be the first picture of the famous Dutch Clown Church. Find out more about this Dutch Church by clicking here.


Wild at Church Planting

Amy and I are leading Wild at Heart Groups at the moment. We're doing week 3 (of 8) this weekend. I've got about 7 guys doing it and Amy has about 5 women. I'm excited about the potential for this as a church planting tool. The final week of the study talks about the Band of Brothers concept and basically says that life needs to be lived in community. I think this could be a great launch pad for starting a new church.

I've been spending a lot of time in the hammock with the kids lately. I highly recommend you dads do this!

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