I asked some friends to help me compile the resources that were most helpful to them when they were first learning about simple/organic church life. Some of them were kind enough to mention this blog as well as my book. But this list represents ten other key resources mentioned in no particular order.
1. Pagan Christianity by George Barna and Frank Viola
An in-depth look at many of our current church practices and traditions with a prophetic call to move from the business organizational model back to the living organism that church was meant to be.
2. Organic Church by Neil Cole
A groundbreaking description of the living, reproductive church that motivates readers to go and be the church in the smoking sections of life instead of being satisfied with Sunday morning church attendance.
3. Houses that Change the World by Wolfgang Simson
I have seen this book open people’s eyes time and time again as Wolfgang challenges readers to break free from the church structures of the past in order to bring the church to the people. You will find it difficult to go back to ‘church as usual’ after reading this.
4. The Naked Church by Wayne Jacobsen
From the cover: “This compelling book will challenge you to look beyond the externals of contemporary church life with its glittering buildings, extensive programs, beloved celebrities and political muscle and find a relationship with God that will bring his powerful, life-changing presence into everyday circumstances.”
5. The Rabbit and the Elephant (and other titles) by Tony and Felicity Dale
How evangelism along with micro-church planting can change our world… literally. This book is simple, to the point, and filled with a refreshing look at how the world can be reached through the power of the small.
A plethora of resources, articles, videos, and links to other materials that you don’t want to miss.
Everything missional, including lots of good video, all in one place.
8. What Is Simple Church – a video
A great overview and insight into the world of simple church.
9. Tidal Wave – a video
An excellent foundation on the why and how of organic/house church.
10. Simple Church on a Napkin – a video
Short and to the point. It can be drawn on a napkin!
Other Key Mentions:
Reimagining Church by Frank Viola
An Army of Ordinary People by Felicity Dale
Organic Leadership by Neil Cole
So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore by Wayne Jacobsen
Lk10.com – Connecting and equipping house church leaders around the world.
I know I have missed many great resources. Feel free to use the comments to add your own favorites.