"I would love, love, love some direction about getting started. I am the only person I know in my area who has a heart to move into simple/organic/house church. Where do I begin?"
A few days ago, I asked people to answer the question, "What is one thing you would like to learn about simple/organic church." The above was one of the responses. So here goes… the next few posts will be on how to start a simple/organic church.
"Starting a church" is perhaps the wrong term to use. We are to make disciples, and Jesus builds his church. However we all know what is meant by that phrase.
We have started several simple/organic churches over the years. Here are some of the things Tony and I have done:
- We pulled together a group of not-yet-believing businessmen to study business principles using the Bible as our textbook. They all found the Lord–a church was born.
- We started a kid's Bible club–on a Sunday morning so that we reached the kids from non-Christian families because the Christian families were in church. When some of the kids found the Lord, some of their parents asked to join in too.
- I started a couple of churches in retirement centers. (I didn't use the word "church" when approaching the management). Fairly soon, they were led by the residents.
- We have started several churches with our kids and their non-Christian friends.
- A new-Ager was led to the Lord by a friend who asked us to follow up with her. She pulled a group of her friends together and they too became believers. Right from the start it was led by the new believer (who we mentored).
- We followed Luke 10 principles to start a church in the low-income housing projects.
- We have started church at work.
Note that the vast majority of these started with not-yet-believers. The next few posts will explore some of the principles.