Well, we are more gritty than glitzy, that's for sure. We're well aware of our faults and failings, and are mostly honest about them. It may sound strange, but being very aware of the dirt in our lives might just be a sign of God's presence. Over to C.S. Lewis:
“I know all about the despair of overcoming chronic temptations. . . . No amount of falls will really undo us if we keep on picking ourselves up each time. We shall of course be very muddy and tattered children by the time we reach home. But the bathrooms are all ready, the towels put out, and the clean clothes in the airing cupboard. The only fatal thing is to lose one’s temper and give it up. It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us; it is the very sign of his presence.”
C. S. Lewis, letter, 20 January 1942, quoted in Clyde S. Kilby, A Mind Awake, page 162.
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A quick overview of who we are and why.
Multiplying followers of Jesus
inside our natural networks
by mobilising pop-up churches
that are personal, biblical,
transformational and missional.
John and Amanda are starting a Red Dirt Church in a local State school in Port Augusta, South Australia. Amanda works for the Royal Flying Doctors and John is a Chaplain at a local school.
Ellen and Warren are starting a pop-up church in the lounge room of their townhouse in Murrumba Downs
It'll starts with a meal, there’ll be a time of discussing a Bible passage/theme (we’ve an app on the way to provide this content), we’ll share what’s going on in life, and pray as we scatter into our work places etc. The intent will be to be unofficial chaplains to the people around us in the places we spend most of the week.
This Red Dirt Church has a huge heart for social justice and serving their local community in a 'sleeves rolled up' kind of way. How good!
What could a lifestyle of pleasing God and serving others look like? (See diagram below.)
• helps you fulfil your calling to establish a simple church;
• is made up of ordinary people who make extraordinary sacrifices;
• specialises in reaching unchurched people inside our natural networks;
• is serious about forming disciples of Christ who help form more disciples of Christ;
• offers support when the challenges require some outside expertise (e.g. Skype Counselling);
• offers optional resources and usable tools that aid sustainability;
• can provide peer-mentoring and coaching as needed;
• provides excellent ChildSafe training;
• provides basic insurance coverage;
• has a heart for the whole nation;
• walks in faith, hope and love.
Things we can all grow into...
Getting practical here...
Home Groups are a small part of a larger church.
'Home Groups' [or 'Life Groups', 'Small Groups', 'Connect Groups' etc.] are typically a program of a larger church. These groups are normally intended to be a primary place for pastoral care and topical bible study, in many cases aligned with the broader teaching focus of the church. The leadership, vision and mission are all determined by the larger church. A person is encouraged to attend a Home Group AND to attend the Sunday Service [probably to Serve somewhere as well]. The Sunday Service is the main focus. There and then, the whole church will receive its most important teaching [usually from an ordained minister], hear church-wide news and participate in Communion [sometimes called 'The Lord's Supper' or 'Eucharist']. Home Groups are designed to connect people with others within a larger church community. They are a small cog in a big wheel.
Simple Churches are whole churches in small groupings.
Simple Churches are:
* designed to be organic communities of outreach and discipleship within natural networks and relationships,
* program- and asset-lite to allow for rapid multiplication,
* led by volunteer leaders who are part of the local community,
* free to set the structure and teaching curriculum according to what best suits the people's needs,
* are informal and hospitality-based, providing a relaxed and welcoming environment.
So, each church:
* cares for one another [and those they know],
* opens their Bibles together for discipleship-oriented discussion,
* collectively listens to God, figuring out what God is asking them to be and do,
* lives on mission together,
* regularly shares in The Lord's Supper.
Simple Churches are much like the churches we read about in the New Testament.
Warren Crank is founder and national director of Red Dirt Church. He was a Baptist pastor for 24 years before embracing the Red Dirt journey full time. Warren brings broad pastoral experience with an entrepreneurial leadership edge. He has been a Rugby League Chaplain for over 10 years and is the author of two books.
Ben Pearson has been a successful businessperson, has pastored 2 churches and now has a senior leadership role with Churches of Christ. He is close to completing a B.Min through Malyon College. Ben brings to Red Dirt Church small church multiplication experience and an entrepreneurial gift. He is a strategic thinker with a heart for lost people.
Tony White leads and operates his own coaching business, AVW Business Consulting. Having a B.Min from Malyon College, Tony brings to Red Dirt Church a broad experience in vocational ministry and business that has seen him pastor a contemporary evangelical church, be involved in cross cultural missions, and coach and consult to some leading Australian and international brands.