Category Archives: Multiplication

Church 101 Course

I have been meaning to let y’all know that a few of us among the Summit Fellowships have been exploring a course called Church 101 that is prepared and presented by a friend of mine in Denver. I have known John White for many years and recently did an interview with him for the the Church of the Heart Podcast.

As a network of fellowships, I have been wondering if we are being intentional enough about equipping people to do church more simply. What if more people come to us asking for advice and encouragement in creating simple churches?

So, a group of six of us from three different Summits have been taking the course–sort of a beta test–to see if it might be helpful to recommend to people who are interested in house churches. It involves a lot of video learning, personal interaction and even online video conferences. So far the response among our intrepid little team has been positive. I’ll try to keep you posted about our progress. Eventually, I may even interview some of the beta team to share our experiences.

Stay tuned!

 

House Churches in Cheltenham, UK

Griffiths-Jonathan-and-Sarah-2Meet Jonny, Sarah and Family!
Jonathan and Sarah Griffiths met in England in 2003, and were married in Idaho, USA in 2004. They have served together in the church for over a decade, with Jonathan being appointed as Lead Pastor of Cornerstone (Nampa Foursquare) in 2012. They are both licensed ministers with the Foursquare Church. They both love good coffee, sushi, great stories, worship, art, and other humans.
They have three sons, who love Jesus, books, wrestling, Legos, all kinds of food, snowball fights, sandy beaches, and the occasional 5 mile hike.
The Vision
Their vision is to help make Jesus central in Great Britain, to make him famous in all the earth. The mission is in two parts.
1) Launch a discipleship and church planting movement in Great Britain.
2) Plant a missional training and sending church in London to serve and partner with all the nations in deploying culturally impacting missionaries to all the world.
Before they can make an Cheltenhamimpact in London, they will need to establish a presence with British nationals, starting  in towns and cities outside of London, with a current starting location of Cheltenham, England.
The Griffith’s primary work will be in evangelism, discipleship, and leadership training as they seek to help other people plant healthy churches that transform lives, communities, and culture.
Jonny and Sarah plan to spend time relearning British culture and finding appropriate ways to love and serve people. Once they have established a pattern, it will be repeated in several locations in order to facilitate a church planting movement.
The Griffiths are going to England under the auspices of the Foursquare Church. Here is a link to their their page at  FMI (Foursquare Missions International). Their work may be a great opportunity for a Summit Fellowship to contribute prayer and/or resources.

A Rumble in the Distance

welcome photoI’ve been watching with interest the developments around same-sex marriage. I believe there are implications for the church as the majority of Americans know and practice it. The financial realities of doing location-based church may become very difficult in the days ahead.

Consider this: if our friends and neighbors were to find themselves unable to “go to church” as they always have, would they know how to find a community of faith without it? Would they know how to practice the life of the church without a building and paid staff?

Now, consider this: Are you ready to host your friends in your home? Are you willing to teach others how to be what I call “a church of the heart?” In other words, are you ready to invite others into a simple church, a “summit” fellowship?

As the landscape of American Christianity starts to shift, we need to be prepared to share what we have learned in our simple church experience. “…Who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this? (Esther 4:14)”

I won’t go into detail now, but might I suggest you take a look at the Time magazine piece at this link. You may find it interesting.