In Hampton Roads, Virginia we have been seeing the Lord establish a network of Simple Churches. We recently updated the website and extended an invitation for others to join. Here is what was communicated:

New Addition to the HRSCN Website

One of the greatest needs within the body of Christ is communication, community and fellowship. In other words the genuine practice of koinonia. That is why we have added a tool to the HRSCN website for you and those you know involved in simple/organic/house church life. We have added a relational network page to the website (Ning) to help us bridge that gap. In no way does this fulfill real koinonia – but it’s a start. Take a few minutes and see how we can link together in order to bring the gospel of the Kingdom to our region in a greater measure!

Why does Hampton Roads Network need a Relational Site?

  1. Not to establish a hierarchy – BUT to create a venue to see relationships established that will cultivate genuine Christian community in our region.
  2. Not to promote any personalities or organizations – BUT to see what our Lord Jesus is doing in our midst as we encourage one another and watch HIM build his Church.
  3. To provide a safe place where we can dialogue, network, partner and provoke one another to good works.
  4. To get to know one another and see who else is on this journey of simple church.

This addition to the website will allow for us to connect in the same way that many of you do on Facebook, but focusing strictly on the region of Hampton Roads and simple church life and mission.

Take a few moments and visit the website at http://www.hrscn.org and check out the Network Relationship page (at http://hamptonroadssimplechurchnetwork.ning.com ).

Here is how this site can be a blessing:

  • Forums – This part of the site is provided to allow us to dialogue around specific issues. It is not for carnal debate, but Christ like discussion. Be sure to honor one another.
  • Events – You can list any events here that pertain to the needs of the network.
  • Groups – This is a tool for specific groups within the network to chat, discuss issues in a forum, make comments etc. This would be a great place to post what is happening in your group. It is also a tool to focus on specific areas of interests that is wider than the scope of a discussion forum.
  • Map – See where the simple church meeting places are in Hampton Roads.
  • Blog – Write a blog to the network and post it here for all to read.
  • Videos and Photos – post what would be of interest to the network.

When you go to the site, you can explore what’s there, but if you want to participate you will need to sign up.


A Reminder of Who Hampton Roads Simple Church Network is:

  • Hampton Roads Simple Church Network is a network of simple, organic, house churches in the Hampton Roads region of southeastern Virginia.
  • There is nothing to join, there are no dues to pay, and there is no personality to submit to but Christ. It is a simple voluntary relationship with one another expressed from congregation to congregation.
  • We are inclusive of all followers of Jesus Christ, who proclaim Him as their God, their King, and their Lord. Our only written creed is the Bible.
  • We are diverse from many different denominational and historical backgrounds.
  • We have no centralized governing body, but recognize the relationship we all have with one another being submitted to one another under Christ.
  • We welcome the gifts the Lord has given the church to equip her to do the works of the ministry (apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds and teachers) but do not see them as positions within a hierarchy but servants functioning in their gifting.
  • We have no clergy/laity divide, but honor the priesthood of every believer and their personal responsibility to grow in Christ.
  • We stay connected through our voluntary relationships with one another and serve, love and minister to one another based upon those relationships.
  • We desire to cooperate with other expressions of church in our region without being exclusive or judgmental, but expressing our love for one another in unity and truth.
  • We desire to serve our community in unity in order to bring about transformation, renewal and demonstrate the kingdom of God.


Hope to see you on the network!

What are you doing in your region to facilitate koinonia in the Body of Christ?

God Bless,

Don

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