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Kingdom Life

Rethinking giving

Until a few months ago, the church that meets in our home did what I suspect the majority of simple/organic churches have done with their giving. Nothing! That’s not to say that people haven’t been giving. They have–generously. (A few years ago, a friend of ours did research on how giving within simple/organic/house churches compares… Read More

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Finance Missions

How are simple/organic churches financing mission?

Our friend, Steve Lyzenga┬ádid his doctoral dissertation on releasing resources (both financial and personnel) towards completing the Great Commission. He compared how resources are used within a traditional church set up and house/simple/organic churches. I had the honor of being on his doctoral board, and so was closely involved in the whole process. His results… Read More

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Finance

A remarkable story of God in the workplace

Frank posted this extraordinary story–a demonstration of how God wants to be involved in every aspect of our lives, including the workplace–on an earlier post. It is all the more unusual because it happened in the UK. "In the early 80s, whilst out working, God clearly gave me a revelation for a business. The idea was… Read More

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Finance Leadership

5 reasons to rethink full time, paid local leadership within the simple/organic/house church context

It reinforces or creates a clergy/laity distinction.  It can cause others to aspire to "move up the ladder" spiritually. Others in the body are tempted to let the paid person do all the work (after all, they are paid to do it!) Within a network of simple/house churches, there isn't enough work to do to… Read More

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Finance Kingdom of God

Would we be more effective if we were in full time ministry?

Photo credit (Creative Commons) swisscan We have some friends who think that because my husband, Tony, runs a business that supports us, we are somehow missing out on the best God has for us. "How much more you could accomplish for God," they imply or say outright, "if you were full time in ministry." Maybe they… Read More