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    slide06.jpgLet us begin with a very important fact. The goal of the site is not to criticize traditional or institutional churches. Yes, some of the articles make comparisons and some of the writers do strongly question traditional practices. However, those of us who have created this site did so for several reasons:

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    slide05.jpgYou are church before you do church. This is one of the fueling insights of the missional church movement. This isn't a new idea...but it is pretty provocative, especially when one considers its implications. If we take Jesus at his word when he says (as recorded in John 20:21) "as the Father has sent me, I am sending you," then we realize that our being sent is the basis of our "doing" church. In oth...

  • What is an Organic Church?

    slide04.jpg Organic Church. I've been using this term for around fifteen years now. Today it's become somewhat of a clay word, being molded and shaped to mean a variety of different things by a variety of different people.

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Principles of Simple Church
A Practical Example of a Simple Church Gathering in Guayaquil, Ecuador PDF Print Write e-mail
Thursday, 11 February 2010 12:00

1)       At 6:30 pm we began with 15-20 adults and several children, meeting in the home of the church planter, which also doubles as a beauty parlor during the week. All the hair dressing equipment had been moved to another room to make space for the plastic chairs that were set up in a circle. It was very hot and crowded, but nobody seemed to mind (except the visiting missionaries!)

 
Letter to Nicolay #14 PDF Print Write e-mail
Monday, 18 January 2010 11:21

Dear Nicolay,

Greetings, Nicolay!  I am sorry that we did not see one another on this last visit to Ukraine.  I did see many of my old friends who we worked with in the early 1990’s.  They were great reunions as we met and talked about the “old days”.  I love remembering those days of revival in Ukraine, but we cannot nor should we live in the past.

 
О кризисе церкви и антикризисных мерах PDF Print Write e-mail
Sunday, 10 January 2010 00:00
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Is Everyone Encouraged? PDF Print Write e-mail
Monday, 04 January 2010 17:12

monday night fellowship“For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.”
1 Corinthians 14:31

The Vocal Minority
Recently I attended some small group meetings where the same people prayed, taught and led week after week, often for a long time. By the way, what they said was usually encouraging. But, how did this affect the silent majority? For some, it was a good time for a nap. Others felt intimidated because they could never pray that long, so why try? They reasoned, “What will my little one sentence prayer sound like?”

 
What Jesus’ Disciples Didn’t Know PDF Print Write e-mail
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 23:11

God is not mute: the Word spoke, not out of a whirlwind, but out of the human larynx of a Palestinian Jew.
Philip Yancey, The Jesus I Never Knew

Can you imagine what it must have been like for Jesus the first moment he sat around with the circle of his disciples after they had finally become friends?
We all know what it is to get acquainted with new people, the awkward pauses and measured words as people get to know each other. Certainly the disciples went through that with Jesus. Just who was this Teacher and Miracle-worker and who were these other men who decided to follow him?

 
Урок Канта- Истина не определяется мнением большинства PDF Print Write e-mail
Tuesday, 03 November 2009 11:14
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Restoring the Supremacy of Jesus Christ PDF Print Write e-mail
Monday, 21 September 2009 22:44

Restoring the Supremacy of 

Jesus Christ

Christians have made the gospel about so many things … things other than Christ.

Jesus Christ is the gravitational pull that brings everything together and gives them significance, reality, and meaning. Without him, all things lose their value. Without him, all things are but detached pieces floating around in space.

It is possible to emphasize a spiritual truth, value, virtue, or gift, yet miss Christ . . . who is the embodiment and incarnation of all spiritual truth, values, virtues, and gifts.

Seek a truth, a value, a virtue, or a spiritual gift, and you have obtained something dead.

 
THE JOURNEY TO REFORMING THE CHURCH. Slavic Church – Return to the Roots PDF Print Write e-mail
Monday, 07 September 2009 23:16

THE JOURNEY TO REFORMING THE CHURCH

Slavic Church – Return To The Roots

The church in every generation needs to be a church which is participating in reforming itself to follow the words and life of its founder and source – Jesus Christ. (RETURN TO THE ROOTS) After several decades of wonderful growth, the Slavic Church finds itself in need of just such a reformation to reverse the current stagnation (Crisis) of its health and growth.

While some would like to repeat the 1990’s or modify today’s church, the only way forward is to fully return to the life, work, words, and model of Jesus Christ, and to follow His examples. Jesus gave us His example of suffering, sacrifice, obedience, submission, servant hood, mercy and love, and simplicity. Jesus was a missional (sending), itinerant, and incarnational God.

 
Собрание в первый день недели PDF Print Write e-mail
Saturday, 11 July 2009 10:56
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Monologue Speaking and Dialogue PDF Print Write e-mail
Friday, 26 June 2009 12:30
Monologue Speaking and Dialogue

First, allow me to say that “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching (cause to learn), rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness so that all God’s people may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. II Timothy 3:16-17

Second, allow me to say that God has gifted men and women to be both proclaimers and teachers of the Word of God.

Third, allow me to say that the Word of God should be central to all gatherings of Christ followers.

 
Letter To Nicolay # 12 PDF Print Write e-mail
Tuesday, 16 June 2009 12:43
Letter To Nicolay  # 12

Dear Nicolay,

There are times that I truly wonder if I am sane or insane. Do I live in or understand reality? I just left a meeting of primarily teachers and pastors discussing the state of today’s church in Ukraine. Where have the apostolic men gone? My conclusion - God help us! We are truly an over educated bunch filled with theology and doctrine and methods and strategies. It was all quite complex and frustrating just as I fear we (I) have made this whole church and Christianity thing. None of us lack for words or ideas about what other people should do – some of us actually have spiritual gifts to explain our behavior.

 
«К вопросу о богословском смысле стола» PDF Print Write e-mail
Tuesday, 09 June 2009 16:04
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Reimagining Church Excerpt 4 - Open-Participatory Meetings PDF Print Write e-mail
Wednesday, 06 May 2009 16:36
Reimagining Church

We are excited to announce the publishing of a new book in Russian - Reimagining the Church by Frank Viola. The book will be available in April, but until then we would like to share with you some excerpts to give you a taste of the book.

Open-participatory meetings do not preclude the idea of planning. Nor do they have to be disorderly. In 1 Corinthians 14, Paul formulates a number of broad guidelines designed to keep the meeting running in an orderly fashion.

In Paul’s thought, there’s no tension between an open-participatory meeting and an orderly one that edifies the church. The order of the meeting is organic. It’s the by-product of each member seeking to edify the whole.

 
О словах Роуэна Уильямса и идентификации общины верующих PDF Print Write e-mail
Friday, 24 April 2009 13:09
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Values of Simple Churches PDF Print Write e-mail
Tuesday, 21 April 2009 13:01
Values of Simple Churches

A list of the values that we’ve observed to be commonly shared among those who are gathering together in simple ways.

The Kingdom of God

  • Our emphasis as Christians is on building the kingdom, not a church, or even “The Church.”
  • New churches are planted and outreaches are planned in an endeavor to build the Kingdom of God, not necessarily a church or an organization.
  • Allegiance within our groups and networks is to the King, not to the leadership within those groups and networks.
 
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