Exploring Simple/Organic/House/Biblical Church?

Following a conversation with Simon Richards (Manchester Region) last week, I decided to finally put up this post that I have been toying with for a while.

Both of us noticed that there are many good books on simple/organic church today. Many are written from different angles, through the lense of the authors gifting (see 5-Fold Thinking).


If you want to explore specifically the Biblical Foundation (teaching) of Simple-Church check out stuff by Beresford Job (UK) or Frank Viola: (USA)

Pagan Christianity?: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices

Finding Organic Church: A Comprehensive Guide to Starting and Sustaining Authentic Christian Communities

The Untold Story of the New Testament Church: The Original Pattern for Church Life and Growth

Reimagining Church: Pursuing the Dream of Organic Christianity

Reimaging Church


If you Want to Understand the Prophetic Dimension of what God is saying to the Churches at this time and generation, check out stuff by Wolfgang Simson:

The House Church Book: Rediscover the Dynamic, Organic, Relational, Viral Community Jesus Started

Houses That Change the World: The Return of the House Churches

Houses that Change the World


If you want to hear stories about how ordinary people have started simplechurches read stuff written by Tony and Felicity Dale:

The Rabbit and the Elephant: Why Small Is the New Big for Today’s Church

An Army of Ordinary People: Stories of Real-Life Men and Women Simply Being the Church


If you want to see the evangelistic potential in starting organic churches amongst the lost read stuff by Neil Cole:

Search and Rescue: An Urgent Call to Make and Multiply Disciples

Organic Leadership: Leading Naturally Right Where You are

Church 3.0: Upgrades for the Future of the Church (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series)

Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series)


Organic Church


If you are leading a legacy (traditional, denominational) church and want to transition into simplechurch principles check out stuff written by Gary Goodell and Graham Cooke

Permission Is Granted to Do Church Differently in the 21st Century

Permission Granted


If you are involved in a mission organization and are interested in exploring simplechurch planting check out stuff Floyd McClung is currently up to!

You See Bones – I See an Army: Changing the Way We Do Church

U See Bones


Interested in seeing a church-planting movement kick started in your city or region?

Read these books:

Church Planting Movements: How God is Redeeming a Lost World


The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference




The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations


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Peter J. Farmer

Peter J. Farmer is a church planter working with teams and networks to catalyze new forms of church that murmurate into movements...

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