Chris, from Kingdom and Principalities, asked if I could provide him with a little more information about the upcoming, May 6-7, West Coast Regional House Church Conference. We are still working on specific content, but I wrote the following to him and thought I would share it with y'all:
The best way to give more info on the conference is to first talk about the speakers.
Tony and Felicity Dale have been planting simple church expressions for over 30 years, first in England and then in the United States. They are the catalysts for an annual “House Church Conference” that draws people from all over the world. They also publish a magazine called House 2 House that is available here at their website. The Dales have firsthand experience with simple church planting movements in Mozambique, India, and other parts of the world. They model kingdom living lifestyles as they work in business, plant house churches in neighborhoods and apartment complexes, and coach house church networks all over the world. They believe that God is just beginning to unleash a movement in this nation that will transform our communities.
Neil Cole, along with a small team, began Awakening Chapels in Long Beach, California, by reaching out relationally to the lost in an urban coffeehouse setting. His goal is to see disciples and churches reproducing quickly. By the end of 1999 there were 9 Awakening Chapel churches; by the end of 2000 there were 50! Since then, Neil and his team have seen spontaneous multiplication at a rapid pace. They now have missionaries reaching out in five states and four countries. Where do the leaders come for this movement? From the harvest itself! Disciples are taught to quickly reproduce themselves; churches are set up to multiply. Neil offers training at his Greenhouse conferences around the country and has many excellent resources at his website here.
The West Coast Regional Conference on The House Church Movement will provide a basic exposure to simple church expressions:
- Key paradigm shifts in our concept of “church”
- Practicals of starting reproducible house churches
- Relational ministry models and tools
- Missional, kingdom living
We hope this will be a conference that will benefit those who are new to these ideas as well as those who already have their feet wet in simple/organic church life.
We will be able to receive registrations in a couple of weeks, but if you would like to receive updates on the conference, email me here.