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Roger Thoman
I'm on a journey home desiring to take as many people as possible with me.
Interests: cpms and justice for the poor in needy parts of the world, brennan manning, simple churches, contemplative, skiing, walking on the beach, grandchildren, glory of God demonstrated among all people groups, authentic community
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Someone asked me to share the disciple-making process we use in Africa, so I wanted to do that with an adjustment for the Western context. To the right is the basic outline of this process as we teach overseas. Below... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2024 at SimpleChurch Journal
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Following is a guest post written by Patrick Maina who works closely with us in communications for Appleseed Ministry. Patrick is native-born to Kenya and has a long history in both organic/house church and missions. The original article was posted... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2023 at SimpleChurch Journal
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We are offering our next 1-hour zoom workshop on Introduction to House Church. Time: Wednesday, September 6, 2023 at 5:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time Sign up here if you are interested! This introductory workshop is best for those who are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2023 at SimpleChurch Journal
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One of many authors writing books and articles on The Great Dechurching said: "We are experiencing the largest religious shift in US history – greater than the Great Awakenings, but in the opposite direction." While this is undoubtedly true, especially... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2023 at SimpleChurch Journal
On October 13-14 our Canadian friends, Pathfinders, will be hosting a gathering near the geographic centre of Canada, Winnipeg! "Yearning to reach others relationally? Interested in the fundamentals of simple/organic church? Rethinking what kingdom leadership looks like? Seeking to cultivate... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2023 at SimpleChurch Journal
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Paul tells the elders, "In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed to... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2023 at SimpleChurch Journal
Since you are on the continent of Africa, you might be interested in this training that we can offer you: https://matt28movements.com/africa/dmmbasics
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2023 on Virtual House Church at SimpleChurch Journal
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Asbury renewal among today’s younger generation… and The Jesus Revolution movie depicting the movement of God among young people 50 years ago… I am reminded that God is able to draw people to himself: without the hype without the organized... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2023 at SimpleChurch Journal
This may assist you: https://housechurchconnect.com/
Toggle Commented Sep 19, 2022 on House2House Website at SimpleChurch Journal
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Some of you might consider having a vision and mission statement for organic-house church a little bit too ‘un-organic.’ Others of you might find that such statements bring focus and direction and that they can be inspirational. For those in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2022 at SimpleChurch Journal
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The Spanish translation of the Simple/House Church book is now available. Thanks to the wonderful team at the Centers of Church Based Team, we now have this translation available. They wanted to use it for their missionary work and training,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2022 at SimpleChurch Journal
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Simple/house church has been one of the great opportunities for me to step out of the boat at the word of Jesus in order to follow him with greater abandon. God spoke clearly to me at the beginning of this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2022 at SimpleChurch Journal
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We are offering our first ever 1-hour zoom workshop on Introduction to House Church. Time: Wednesday, Apr 6, 2022 5:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time Sign up here if you are interested! This introductory workshop is best for those who are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2022 at SimpleChurch Journal
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Let me just say it that, yes, gatherings of God’s people are important. But here is the problem. We continue to divide up life in our thinking between sacred/holy and non-sacred/non-holy. And, our time spent in a church location or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2022 at SimpleChurch Journal
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When I speak to Disciple-Making Movement leaders in Africa and ask them about prayer, they always say something to the effect of, ‘Movements of any kind are always accompanied by prayer movements.’ For them, this is simply a natural or... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2021 at SimpleChurch Journal
Let's catch up! We trained a guy in this region of Nigeria whom I only refer to as 'J' for security reasons. He works in a challenging region where persecution, killing, and kidnapping of Christians is common. He is good at taking key concepts, like this graphic, and putting it in a format where it is easy to pass along.
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In one crisis-ridden area of Northern Nigeria, the following simple document is releasing the church to catch fire in the midst of persecution. Even militant Muslims are finding the simple joy of finding and following Christ. The document: Within this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2021 at SimpleChurch Journal
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Perhaps it’s the season of life I am in, but it seems to have been a year of personal loss: saying goodbye first to a mother-in-law, then to a good friend, and more recently to two very dear friends. Losses,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2021 at SimpleChurch Journal
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Wolfgang Simson keeps us up-to-date with the house church movement globally. Here is his latest summary: "In total there are currently (mid 2021) at least 22.6 million house churches worldwide with a total of around 300 million members. They are,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2021 at SimpleChurch Journal
Mike, I am still here and appreciate your concerns and questions. We have seen a great deal of fruit in children growing up in this environment from the standpoint of these young people discovering at a young age that they 'are the church' and have much to share when the church gathers together. Many develop a profound sense of ownership of their faith and their church experience. Regarding multiplication, this has been more difficult to attain in our comfortable western culture (though we continue to see this profoundly in other contexts). But multiplication does not have to mean 'leaving the nest.' In many cases, people and families remain rooted in their parent group while simultaneously planting daughter groups. Sometimes, they meet less often with the parent group but they still remain connected.
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Many years ago, as we began inviting people to consider 'church at home,' I wrote the following description. It may still be relevant for stirring up our imagination for what God can do in and through His people. Imagine Being... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2021 at SimpleChurch Journal
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Consider how God goes about changing a nation (taken from this op-ed in Newsweek) and what we can learn from this for our own local contexts? Something religiously astonishing is taking place in Iran, where an Islamist government has ruled... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2021 at SimpleChurch Journal
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Once upon a time there was a beautiful church building filled with beautiful people who loved to come together. Fellowship was wonderful, music was brilliant, and small groups were meaningful and helpful for living peaceful lives. People loved to come... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2021 at SimpleChurch Journal
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Who is the hero in the story? As humans, we love heroes. We want to create heroes. We even want to be heroes. Our heroes are slightly more than human. They are important. They are politicians. Or people of great... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2021 at SimpleChurch Journal
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You can now register for the upcoming “Simple/House Church Revolution Online Course.” Beginning date is March 2. NOTE, you can register immediately as there are only 8 spaces remaining on a first come, first served basis! The goal of this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2021 at SimpleChurch Journal