Keep It Simple: a Simple Church Podcast
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Keep it Simple: A Simple Church Podcast is a weekly podcast that explores the joys and challenges of being in a simple church, (aka organic church, micro church, or house church). Tom and Gavin are two guys from different parts of Kentucky who want to promote a simpler form of being God’s church while encouraging the making of Disciples of Jesus, and the multiplication of Simple Churches all over the world. For more information, see http://asformeandmyhouseblog.com/ (Tom’s blog) or http://simplechurchalliance.faclex.com/ (Gavin’s webpage).
||Clean116: Apostles Prophets Evangelists Shepherds Teachers||Today, Gavin and Tom take a look at the list of God-given people from Ephesians chapter four: Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Shepherds and Teachers. Are these people still with us today? What do they do among us? Why are they important? How do we reco||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean115: The Origins of Skate Church||Today, we talk to Jonathan Wilson, pastor of Lexington, Kentucky’s Skate Church. Jonathan describes the origins of Skate Church and how Simple Church principles helped establish this growing group of young Christians in Lexington.||4/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean114: Interview With Richard Jacobson||This week Tom had the opportunity to meet with Richard Jacobson, of the Unchurching podcast and author of the book by the same name. While the name of the book may be provocative, Richard assures us that he is not anti-church. Through his writing, speak||3/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean113: Why We Podcast||Today, Gavin and Tom – The Simple Guys – take a few minutes to remind our listeners why we produce this podcast. Hint: it’s not to make money! Seriously, we do this podcast to promote healthy churches through simple, organic and family-l||3/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean112: Missions You (Yes You) Can Do||How can a Simple Church contribute to discipling the nations? Are we so small that we have no impact for Christ at the “Ends of the Earth?” What are some specific ways a small Simple Church can get involved in missions in a meaningful way? Lis||3/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean111: Using Simple Church Principles in the Middle East||Today, Gavin and Tom interview Luke, who is currently working in the Middle East among refugees. Luke has worked with Simple Church groups in the past and is applying those principles to groups of refugees in the Middle East. Let’s hear how God is w||2/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean110: Can Hierarchy Be Good for the Church?||A recent Wall Street Journal article* extolls the virtues of hierarchical structures in an increasingly networked society. Tom and Gavin examine this article in the context of church. Is hierarchy good or harmful when applied to ecclesiology? How much h||2/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean109: The State of the Simple Church||How is the Simple Church movement doing in North America? Is it growing? Is it healthy? What are its strengths? Its weaknesses? Where is it going? We don’t have all the answers, but Gavin and Tom lend their observations and opinions to these questio||1/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean108: Discipleship Through Hospitality||Missionaries suggest that the North American Church – as we normally experience it – is not the friendliest place in which to disciple a new Christian from a culture different from our own. There are many barriers and obstacles that a cross-cultu||1/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean107: Interview With Jeff Fields Pt. 2||Today, Gavin interviews Jeff Fields, co-author – along with his brother Roger – of the book “Breaking the Hex: Life With God After the Cross Killed Religion.” While the title sounds complicated, the concept is simple. Living the Ch||12/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Insights from Folks in the Trenches
As a servant leader for a day simple church network for the past six years, I find Gavin and Tom's practical insights helpful and encouraging. I highly recommend this podcast for anyone participating in and organic/simple church!
The hosts do a great job addressing a lot of different issues facing the church today. Challenged in some way every in essentially every episode I’ve listened to. Most definitely encouraged from every episode.