If you live in the
Subject: Organic Church Conference in
! Colorado Springs
Dear Brothers and Sisters in
and the Eastern Slope, Colorado Springs
Please let me introduce myself. My name is Milt Rodriguez and I work in a church planting ministry with Frank Viola, Gary Welter, and Alan Levine. We go to different areas of this country (and others) to plant first century style organic house churches. We have all been in organic church life as non leaders and have experience in planting brand new groups as well as helping established groups. We usually travel in pairs whenever possible and the churches that we plant are best described in an article written by Frank Viola that you can read here:
These are not copies of the institutional church in a living room! Nor are they glorified Bible studies, support groups, cell groups, or bless me clubs. These are communities of believers who have made Jesus Christ the Center, Head, and Life of their lives and their gatherings. The believers learn to draw from Him as their source of life and then share that life with one another and the world. This takes place over a period of time with the help of a church planter.
After an overwhelmingly positive response, we have decided to go ahead and put on a mini-conference on organic church in your area. Don't let the word "conference" throw you. I am referring to informal and interactive meetings conducted in a living room!
The subject matter will be the Lord Jesus Christ and His Church. We will specifically be speaking about God's eternal purpose, Jesus Christ being the foundation of the Church, a deeper revelation of Christ and the Church, and some practical help for those who want to move forward in an "organic" way.
The main goal for these meetings will be to plant one (or more) organic church(es) in the
Colorado Springsarea (or other areas of ). Colorado
If God has been stirring your heart about these matters, we would love to have you come and even invite others. The conference is free but we would like to ask you to help with the following:
1) Please let us know if you are coming and how many will be with you.
2) If you haven't already, please read the book called "
" by Frank Viola. You can order at a discount here: http://www.reimaginingchurch.org Reimagining Church
3) Please bring folding chairs if you have them.
4) On Saturday, we will be having two meals together. We are going to do this "pot-luck" style. We ask that each household bring two dishes to share; one for lunch, one for dinner. For more information on this, please contact Jan Durkin at: (719) 219-6908.
Here are the details of our weekend:
September 26th - 28th 2008
Friday, Sept. 26th
Session 1 -- 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 27th
Session 2 -- 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Session 3 -- 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Session 4 -- 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 28
Session 5 -- 9:30 a.m. - ?
(email Mary Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org for the information)
Also, we will be bringing several folks with us to help. If you live in the city and would like to help house these people, please let us know.
If you have any questions about the purpose and content of the conference, please contact me at: email@example.com or (970) 856-6492.
Hope to see you all there!
P.S. If you wish to help defray our travel expenses, an offering basket will be available.
Your brother in Christ,