Small is the new big

sceulogofull2With a growth trend of 20% annually and a commitment to reach and disciple not-yet-believers, simple church planting is one of the most fruitful strategies in the mission to re-evangelize Europe. The values of simply following Jesus, committed friendships, and creativity in missions, appeal to an emerging generation. The small groups of 3-20 people can be easily started and reproduced.

On this page we collected the best resources to help you start, develop and multiply a simple church network.

SIMPLE CHURCH EUROPE STATUS REPORT

In 2009 and 2010 Simple Church Europe surveyed 48 simple church networks in 16 nations. This was the first coordinated research effort on simple church planting in Europe. The purpose was to get a better picture of how many simple church networks there are in Europe, what their strengths and weaknesses are, and what kind of exchange and support would be most needed. The outcomes were presented in this status report, which also includes a five-point media summary.

Simple Church in Europe Status Report (pdf)

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KINGDOM NEWS

Joel News International is probably the best news source when it comes to organic church and mission. It offers a weekly high-quality selection of the most inspiring stories on the advance of God’s Kingdom around the world. Stories that lead towards positive change and engagement with those in need.

TRAINING COMMUNITIES

There are several hubs in Europe where people can be trained in missional simple church planting:

Newforms Resources (UK, Europe)
Mission Britain (UK)
Dandelion Network (Sweden, Scandinavia)
Lifeshare Network (Switzerland, South Europe, Balkan)
Silk Road Foundation (Bulgaria, Turkic world)
All Nations (Netherlands)
Organische Gemeinde (Germany)
Simple Church (Ukraine/Russia)
DNA International (Norway, Poland)
The Last Reformation (Denmark, evangelistic training)

EUROPEAN RESOURCE WEBSITES *

The above-mentioned training communities also provide resources on their websites. But there are a few more:

L’Eglise dans les maisons (France)
Discipelen maken (Netherlands)
222 Movement (Germany/Switzerland/Austria)

* We only list (inter)national websites that offer quality content, have a clear missional focus, and are kept up-to-date. Mail us if you have a European site that should be listed here.

INTERNATIONAL RESOURCE WEBSITES

Church Planting Movements (David Garrison)
CMA Resources (Neil Cole)
Contagious Disciple Making (David Watson)
Every Day Disciples (Paul Watson)
Miraculous Movements (CityTeam)
Simply Church (Felicity Dale)
T4T (Ying Kai)
The Forgotten Ways (Alan Hirsch)
The LK10 Community (John White)
The Luke 10 Manual (Steve & Marilyn Hill)

THE 10 BEST BOOKS ON SIMPLE  CHURCH

1. Wolfgang Simson, Houses that Change the World: The Return of the House Churches
2. Neil Cole, Organic Church: Growing Faith where Life Happens
3. Tony & Felicity Dale, George Barna, Small is Big! Unleashing the Big Impact of Intentionally Small Churches
4. Felicity Dale, An Army of Ordinary People: Stories of Real-Life Men and Women Simply Being the Church
5. Alan Hirsch, The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church
6. David Garrison, Church Planting Movements: How God is Redeeming a Lost World
7. Steve Smith, Ying Kai, T4T: A Discipleship Revolution: The Story Behind the World’s Fastest-Growing Church Planting Movement and How it Can Happen in Your Community!
8. David Watson, Paul Watson, Contagious Disciple Making: Leading Others on a Journey of Discovery
9. Jerry Trousdale, Miraculous Movements: How Hundreds of Thousands of Muslims Are Falling in Love with Jesus
10.Steve Addison, Movements That Change the World: Five Keys to Spreading the Gospel

THE 10 BEST LONGREADS AND SUMMARIES

1. Curtis Sergeant, Insights from a Church Planting Movement Practitioner
2. David Garrison, Church Planting Movements
3. Roland Allen, The Spontaneous Expansion of the Church and the Causes which Hinder it
4. Peter Farmer, Pioneer Mission Training
5. Neil Cole, Cultivating a Life for God: Multiplying Disciples Through Life Transformation Groups
6. Larry Kreider, House Church Networks: A Church for a New Generation
7. Bill Schneider, Dick Iverson, Apostles: The Fathering Servant: A Fresh Biblical Perspective on their Role Today
8. Roger Gehring, House Church and Mission: The Importance of Household Structures in Early Christianity
9. Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
10. Ori Brafman, Rod Beckstrom, The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations