Resources for Study, Training, Promotion and Development
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The following resources will help you in your Simple Church journey, particularly to supplement CORE4 Training, deepen your relationship with God, and provide additional background to the Bible-based ideas behind Simple Church’s structure.
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Come Alive, Stay Alive Bible Study Series
Simply Series Leader’s Guides for Simple Church Gatherings
The Birth of Wikipedia (This is one example of how cooperative collaboration [talked about by Clay Shirky in the above video] will change the church.)
Recommended Books & Reference Guides
The Serendipity Bible for groups is an excellent resource for Simple Church. The free Simply Series Leader’s Guides listed above are uniquely written for Simple Church gatherings.
The Andrews Study Bible is also an excellent resource to use in Simple Church. The commentary portion provides tips for perplexing passages.
Mark Finley, Studying Together, 1994. This pock-sized reference guide that explores most of the Bible topics people have questions about.
What Matters Now, by Gary Hamel articulates the down sides of top-down leadership and the up sides of bottom-up decentralized leadership systems.
The End of Leadership, by Barbara Kellerma explains the reversing of the typical hierarchical pyramid.
Revolution by George Barna is a must read for anyone interested in house churches. He articulates the reasons why 20 million (between 2000-2005) left local typical churches in their search for God.
The American Church in Crisis: Groundbreaking Research Based on a National Database of over 200,000 Churches by David T. Olson, 2008, provides you with some of the most recent research on the spiritual and religious trends of North America.
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell will help you understand a number of the dynamics of the global network. This is not a house church book, but it addresses sociology and group behavior—tipping point factors—which are often called movements.
Missional House Churches by J.D. Payne, 2007, chronicles a research study on house churches found in North America. Of all the books I’ve read, this book gives irrefutable statistical evidence as to why house churches cannot be ignored.
unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity… and Why It Matters by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons is sobering.
The Search to Belong: Rethinking Intimacy, Community, and Small Groups by Joseph R. Myers explains a paradigm shift and what it means to “belong” in today’s world. This book is very challenging, especially in how a church relates to the question of belonging.
Evangelism by Ellen White. This book is recommended by Dr. Cho, pastor of the world’s largest church in Seoul, Korea.
Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God (workbook, ISBN: 1415858381) by Henry T. Blackaby, Richard Blackaby, and Claude V. King, provides a breath of fresh air. For those who have grown up with a highly intellectual approach to spirituality, this book leads one to experience a more personal relationship with God. Get a head start as this book is part of the Simple Church training.
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