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How many $$ to start a church?

Continuing our study of Luke 10. I tried without success to find out the average cost of starting a church in this country.  If my memory serves me right, it's in the region of $350,000 by the time you include buildings and the training and salary for a pastor.  (If anyone has an accurate figure,… Read More

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Why compliments help in planting a simple/organic/house church

Continuing the study in Luke 10. Sadly, we Christians are renowned for our negative attitudes.  According to David Kinnamen in his book, UnChristian, we are thought of by 'outsiders' (ie those who are not involved in church) as firstly, antigay (91%), secondly, judgemental (87%), and thirdly, hypocritical (85%).  Luke 10:5 says: “Whenever you enter someone’s home, first… Read More

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Choosing to become the wolf’s lunch?

Continuing principles from Luke 10: There are other principles tied up with Jesus sending us out as lambs among wolves (Luke 10:3). Lambs make lunch for wolves!  So why did Jesus send us out as lambs among wolves rather than wolves among lambs? What kind of shepherd is he?  Would a good shepherd do that?… Read More

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A cautionary tale: stay in one place

Continuing the series on Luke 10: Much of what we have learned in starting simple/organic/house churches, we have learned through our mistakes!  The importance of Luke 10:7 is one of those things. The verse says this:  Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not… Read More

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Wolves and a world at war: a story

Continuing thoughts around Luke 10. Luke 11: 20-22 says this: But if I am casting out demons by the power of God, then the Kingdom of God has arrived among you.  For when a strong man like Satan is fully armed and guards his palace, his possessions are safe— until someone even stronger attacks and overpowers him, strips him… Read More

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Jesus’ pattern of discipleship

My apologies if you get this post twice.  I've had a couple of people tell me that it came out in Greek!  Hopefully this is now corrected.  How did Jesus train his disciples? ·       He shared the rough and tumble of everyday life with them (Luke 8:1-3) ·       He asked them questions to show them… Read More

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Jesus’ pattern of discipleship

Ho  How did Jesus train his disciples? He shared the rough and tumble of everyday life with them (Luke 8:1-3) He asked them questions to show them what they needed to learn (Matthew 16:13-20) He answered their questions (eg Matthew 17:19-20) He demonstrated the practical skills they needed to know (Luke 11:1-3) He used teachable… Read More

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What have cows to do with church planting? How to start a simple/organic/house church (2)

  God's maths is not our maths. Continuing the discussion on Luke 10.  Luke 10:2 says this: "These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields." A number of key… Read More

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Sent to the wolves: how to start a house/organic church in the harvest

Continuing a study of Luke 10. Luke 10:3 says this: Now go, and remember that I am sending you out as lambs among wolves. Jesus told his disciples to go–or more accurately, "be going."  Yet we usually ask people to come.  "Come to our church," "Come to our special meeting!"  Even in our house churches we… Read More

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How to start a simple/organic/house church

We have had the privilege of spending time with the leaders of several church planting movements over the years.  (A church planting movement occurs when there is rapid and spontaneous multiplication of churches, comprised mainly of new believers). We always ask them what principles are behind the growth that they see.  They usually point to… Read More