What is a Simple Church?

“So, what will you be doing exactly?” This question was raised on many occasions in the weeks ahead. It was all still theory for us even though we knew we were to head in this direction. For us to understand Simple Church and to be able to explain it to others, we knew we needed to go back to basics and re-define church. In its very essence, church is simply a group of people who follow Jesus. It is where two or three (or more) people gather in recognition that Jesus is in their midst… “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20).

When Darkness Seems My Closest Friend – Reflections on life & ministry with depression

Mark Meynell Interview

When Darkness Seems my Closest Friend is the latest book by British minister Mark Meynell. He writes about his personal struggle with depression and the impact it has had on his life and ministry. As a fellow depression sufferer, I believe this book is a gift to the church, wayfarers, and those who seek to … Read more

Giving Up “Dream Church” and Embracing Discomfort

Brett McCracken

The “dream church” picture I painted in the introduction looks very little like the church, Southlands, where I am now a member. Southlands is nondenominational, meets in a renovated prosthetics factory, and has only the slightest liturgical bent. It’s Reformed-ish but Holy Spirit focused, with impromptu “words” from the congregation and quiet prayer in tongues … Read more

No Silver Bullets by Daniel Im – Review

Daniel Im

No Silver Bullets by Daniel Im is foremost a book about discipleship. However, this doesn’t mean the book is full of tips and techniques. Instead, Daniel Im views discipleship holistically at both an individual and church-wide level. Daniel Im identifies 2 key aspects of human life. First, we tend to look for the quick fix, … Read more

Incarnationational Ministry – Being “Little Jesuses” Wherever You Are

Incarnationational ministry is all about immersing yourself among a group of people, acting as Jesus would in order to embed the gospel. This is a beautiful thing – a powerful thing. Seeing mission and ministry in these terms sets followers of Jesus free to serve him in their everyday life. Alan Hirsch writes the following: … Read more

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