What Chores Would Jesus do?

Monday, December 12th, 2011

this is the first of a series of articles we want to post or give links to so that communities have some resources to encourage, challenge, inspire them along the way – this is an incredible [simple, rough, uncomfortable, profound] journey of a few people who decided to start living in community before they had any real idea of what it was going to look like and how they stumbled their way through it to a place of really starting to get it – we think this will resonate with a lot of you…

[it is 4 pages long but well worth reading to the end]

http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/front/la-na-monk26jan26,0,3783017.story

inspirational story on one way to do community…

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

i met Drew [an American Korean, me a South African] at a Younger Leaders Gathering conference in Malaysia in 2006 I think it was. [Kind of a Lausanne for younger people] and we had a really good time sharing with each other in the same small group. When I visited my sister in the States in 2006 I managed to spend a night at Drew’s place and visit his greatly diverse congregation and have been telling people stories about that brief visit ever since.

Now Drew is on the verge of planting a church in New York and he shared this blog post with me yesterday and it really moved me and I thought it was worth sharing. Living in an accessible and relevant community can have a lot in common with planting a church and this story just illustrates one aspect of how that can take place -  Check it out here. Enjoy.

Do you have any inspirational stories that you would love to share with other communities? Some of your weekly rhythms perhaps, or something that has recently touched your community in a deep way? Please email to brett@thesimpleway.org so that we can start sharing those stories to encourage and inspire others…

We’re alive. We’re aliiiiive.

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

hey there Community of Communities.

It has been a while of things being static, but there has been some exciting stuff happening behind the scenes and we have been trying to figure out how best to improve this site and make it more of a regularly beneficial resource to everyone involved, both in those who are part of communities and those seeking to join or visit them. So step one of that is getting some news out on to the news board and I have a great story to share today which I will do in the next post which will hopefully encourage you all.

What I would really love to hear feedback on though with Christmas just around the story is if any of you have any inspirational ideas of how to celebrate Christmas as a community – either from stuff you have done or else things you are plotting for this year. Any ordinary radical ideas floating around out there that might be both encouraging and inspirational.

Send them to me and we will try and post some so that more people can be encouraged and inspired. Email ideas to brett@thesimpleway.org and keep a look out for them to be mentioned here.

Strength in Him

love brett “Fish” at the Simple Way.