Welcome to our ﬁrst issue of 2004
The simple/organic church movement is exploding all across the United States. Fromdenominational leaders looking into simpler church expressions, to families learningto worship together in the simplicity of their homes, clearly the spiritual landscape of the nation is being transformed. The Holy Spirit is leading each to explore how to “be”the church rather than “go” to church.Authentic Christian communities, simplefamilies of believers living and experiencingthe “one anothers” of the New Testament,are again appearing.This edition of
magazineexplores the phenomenon of emergingChurch Planting Movements in NorthAmerica. Church Planting Movements(or CPMs as they are usually referred to inmissions literature) are rapidly multiplying,readily reproducible churches, usually led by non-professionals.In this edition you will read about senior computer execs and high school drop outs;pastors with years of ministry experience and brand new believers who are all seeing thatthe Lord is leading them back to simple expressions of church life.Our goal in this issue of the magazine is to encourage you to believe that God can andwill use you in similar ways to those you will read about in this magazine. We are allowedto follow our hearts. If the Holy Spirit is urging us to a course of action such as:Starting an evangelistic Bible study group at the ofﬁce,Ministering to the poor and needy in a housing project down the road,Passing out copies of a book such as
to see if others will start churches,Letting the church in your home plant out new families/churches into foreign countries,Setting up a “store” for the homeless, orStarting a church in a seedy hotel that is primarily used by prostitutes and pimpsThen just do it!So read on. Read about explosive church growth in China. But also note that theGreenhouse movement has seen over 300 churches starting in North America over thepast four years. Be thrilled at the way the Lord is reaching teens and twenties in Holland,but also rejoice that in North Austin, six churches have started in six months followingthe obedience of a business executive.Plan to come learn with us at the Labor Day National House Church Conference(see back cover). Enjoy being taught by men and women of God who are traveling downthese exciting paths. By God’s grace, North America will be covered with Church PlantingMovements and every group of people will ﬁnd themselves within easy geographical andcultural reach of a family of God’s people who are looking for an opportunity to sharethe Good News in a way that people can understand.
About the Cover
Our cover features a photo of amonthly cluster gathering of theCommonPath Network of housechurches. CommonPath hasfacilitated the planting of otherhouse churches throughoutthe West Central part of Ohio.Interested in joining CommonPathor starting your own churchin West Central Ohio area,Email: MLyons1@woh.rr.com.