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Planting the Simple Essense of the Body of Christ

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We've put together a new group dialogue for you and your friends to utilize in discussing how God might be calling you to create simple church in everyday places. …

We've put together a new group dialogue for you and your friends to utilize in discussing how God might be calling you to create simple church in everyday places.

You can use this guide how ever you see fit, either as handouts, an online chat group, or as a Powerpoint presentation.

We invite you to consider using the guide as the basis for a group dialogue among a few Christian friends who want to be part of a grassroots revolution that naturally touches and transforms the unreached lives in their own daily traffic-patterns!

For more information visit http://www.coffeehousechurches.com

note: we've updated this slide show with version 2 (new order of slides)

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  • 1. Planting the “SIMPLE ESSENCE” of the Body of Christ... The Church in every overlooked relationship group
  • 2. Consider using this slideshow as the basis for a group dialogue among a few Christian friends who want to be part of a grassroots revolution that naturally touches and transforms the unreached lives in their own daily traffic-patterns!
  • 3. Ask God’s Spirit to guide each dialogue… whether you view it all at once, or break it up into multiple share times. As you talk together consider questions such as:
  • 4. 1. Are there groups of friends or daily relationships that come to mind as I ponder these ideas? 2. Has God’s Spirit made me hungry to be a part of something like this? 3. How would I reshape one of these ideas for the group God has put on my heart? 4. What’s holding me back from taking the first step? 5. Who might partner with me in praying about this for the next 30 days?
  • 5. Micro-clusters of friends
  • 6. Micro-clusters of friends (and their network of unchurched relationships) can become life-changing vibrant churches.
  • 7. Each cluster can become His Hands, His Heart, His Voice, His Compassion, His Touch… a “complete” Body of Christ, by living out the 5 basics of church life.
  • 8. Many passionate Christians are making the choice to birth these relevant church-bodies that totally transform every friend-group.
  • 9. They support themselves entirely by a personal career, as part of a revolutionary movement to follow Christ.
  • 10. A living example :: Ben 0
  • 11. Ben radiates as he shares about the church-body of young couples and families that gather in his home. They begin to arrive about 10 a.m. and sometimes stay well past the noon meal together.
  • 12. During their few hours together they flow, almost without direction, through fellowship, discipleship Bible study, prayer, worship, and ministry projects… usually in a different sequence each week… often taking a snack or play break with the kids.
  • 13. He says it is the most engaging church most have ever experienced. It is easy to bring friends to such a group.
  • 14. Everyone has time to listen, to laugh, and to encourage one another. Not only are people coming to know Christ and maturing in their faith, it is transforming how they live!
  • 15. Ben challenges them regularly to grow spiritually to the point of beginning such a church in their own homes for another circle of friends.
  • 16. Radically elemental & contagiously powerful!
  • 17. 1. Are there groups of friends or daily relationships that come to mind as I ponder these ideas? 2. Has God’s Spirit made me hungry to be a part of something like this? 3. How would I reshape one of these ideas for the group God has put on my heart? 4. What’s holding me back from taking the first step? 5. Who might partner with me in praying about this for the next 30 days?
  • 18. An “Elemental” & Biblical view of church… church boiled down to its very essence http://www.flickr.com/photos/indi/2391675917/
  • 19. Defining Church :: a group of Christ-followers who fully function, believe, and understand themselves to be the Body-of-Christ in their sphere of influence.
  • 20. Five “Basics” of Church life (recurring patterns, or defining traits) :: worship. evangelism. discipleship. ministry. community.
  • 21. …some add missions, church planting, etc… you read Scripture and trust His Spirit to guide you in defining the essence of “church.”
  • 22. When your group begins living true to those Bible basics then call it the Body-of-Christ, The Church!
  • 23. The five basics restated as: “rhythms” of the Body-of-Christ: http://www.flickr.com/photos/frenchy/24642440/
  • 24. Blessing Others with sacrificial help, encouragement, or prayer
  • 25. Openly Sharing about Christ’s influence in our life and journey today
  • 26. Worshiping, listening to, talking with… being personal with God
  • 27. Learning & Living by Christ’s truth… following Him as Lord of our actions and attitudes
  • 28. Seeking to “Be There” for each other in the ups & downs of life… often over a meal
  • 29. 1. Are there groups of friends or daily relationships that come to mind as I ponder these ideas? 2. Has God’s Spirit made me hungry to be a part of something like this? 3. How would I reshape one of these ideas for the group God has put on my heart? 4. What’s holding me back from taking the first step? 5. Who might partner with me in praying about this for the next 30 days?
  • 30. What makes the most difference in transforming an unreached group?
  • 31. Paul went around sharing the Good News and planting churches among new groups…
  • 32. these faith gatherings lived on and impacted lives after he moved on.
  • 33. The most life-transforming touch we can humanly provide an unreached group is…
  • 34. a simple Body of Christ planted in their midst to live-out all of the basic functions or life- rhythms of a church!
  • 35. As a group of Christ-followers become His Hands, His Heart, His Voice, His Touch, His Compassion within an overlooked group, persons are contagiously drawn to this everyday faith-living…
  • 36. they see it making a difference in peoples’ lives!
  • 37. Pastors can mentor spiritually healthy Christians (2 Tim. 2:2) as servant-leaders of an on-site Body of Christ to reach overlooked friends (in every micro-culture) who have mentally distanced themselves from a regular church building.
  • 38. 1. Are there groups of friends or daily relationships that come to mind as I ponder these ideas? 2. Has God’s Spirit made me hungry to be a part of something like this? 3. How would I reshape one of these ideas for the group God has put on my heart? 4. What’s holding me back from taking the first step? 5. Who might partner with me in praying about this for the next 30 days?
  • 39. Why Bother?
  • 40. Why would a regular church and Pastor bother with something like mentoring healthy Christians (“Timothys”) to plant the Body-of-Christ, on- site, all around the community?
  • 41. Why can’t people just come to the regular services on Sunday? http://www.flickr.com/photos/iwona_kellie/3198044940/
  • 42. Well, if you can get them there, that’s great….but consider these realities too:
  • 43. In most towns from 90% to 95% of all residents are currently not involved in church on a regular basis. Churched Unchurched
  • 44. Worship trends, big name speakers, and even in-depth discipleship programs really haven’t changed that fact very much over the years… though each has born some fruit.
  • 45. You do the math for your town: • What’s the population? • What is a close estimate of the total number of people who are in all churches in the area on any given Sunday? • About what percentage is that?
  • 46. This quick math is generally staggering. http://www.flickr.com/photos/acidwashphotography/2967752733/
  • 47. To borrow a concept from International Missionaries… most towns are overwhelmingly full of Unreached People Groups on Sundays…
  • 48. usually these are micro- clusters of friends & relatives… they aren’t coming in our church buildings, they are sleeping, playing or working!
  • 49. God clearly gives us permission in Romans 16:3-5 to have real “church” in a very elemental manner…
  • 50. “greet the church that is in their house” is Holy Spirit inspired wording that affirms Prisca & Aquila type churches wherever they are needed.
  • 51. International Missionaries have been planting churches in homes and apartments, by riverbanks, and even at “underground” secret locations (somewhat like the ancient catacombs) with great success for many years now….
  • 52. and many lives have been transformed by Christ.
  • 53. Every servant-leader of such a group needs the on-going wise-counsel of a “Paul” to lead such a gathering. And, most Christian leaders want to invest in others what God has built into them.
  • 54. No funds are needed. Servant- leaders willingly volunteer, and by their very nature these groups gather in free places like homes, apartments, and parks. http://www.flickr.com/photos/dborman2/3258378233/
  • 55. If your church could reach 5 to 10 times as many persons by penetrating their environment with an on-site Body-of-Christ (one in each micro-culture)…
  • 56. and then celebrate their lives as part of your yearly “spiritual fruit”…
  • 57. it would be worth the prayer, mentoring, and yes, even some problem solving, as you follow the Lord into all the world!
  • 58. 1. Are there groups of friends or daily relationships that come to mind as I ponder these ideas? 2. Has God’s Spirit made me hungry to be a part of something like this? 3. How would I reshape one of these ideas for the group God has put on my heart? 4. What’s holding me back from taking the first step? 5. Who might partner with me in praying about this for the next 30 days?
  • 59. MICRO TOOLS & VIDEOS on how-to-begin, available freely at www.coffeehousechurches.com For more information visit www.coffeehousechurches.com This presentation licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution- Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States.