It has been about ten days since we updated the website adding the new social network component. The network seems to be shaping up very well. I appreciate all of you that have joined and taken the initiative to begin networking and dialoging together. There are some great discussions going on – this is great! But it doesn’t stop there.
There are many ways that we can visit and socialize online; with the popularity of Facebook and several great specific sites such as Simplechurch.com, Lk10.com, MissionsPlex, MissionalTribe, Missional Outreach Network, Shapevine where we can spend many hours networking together. But if you are like me – you just don’t have that much time. So what makes House2Harvest Network unique? Why do we need another social network? To be honest, we don’t need another social network. What we do need is a tool or a service for two very specific groups of people that are converging together to accomplish specific things in God’s Kingdom beyond just a social network. That is why we have started House2Harvest Network, and recently added the social networking component. These two groups that House2Harvest serves are:
- Those involved in simple/house churches and networks.
- Those involved or want to be involved to missions.
This will mean that as simple/house church folks begin to venture into missions, they will have some unique opportunities, solutions, problems, ideas, perspectives, discoveries, prayer needs and reports. That is where House2Harvest Network comes in. So keep up the good work! Let’s see what the Lord will do as we continue to network together.
One of the unique qualities of this network is that you can share with the network the many in which we can network or partner together in actual mission – not just theory or talking about it. What are some of those practical areas?
• Inviting those on the network to join together in short-term trips, projects, reaching specific unreached people groups and the list goes on.
- Holding specific trainings centered on missions and cross-cultural ministry and inviting those in the network to participate.
- Announce projects where we can partner together with human and financial resources.
This is an exciting development. As the days go by you will see new groups started around some of these specific practical areas. If you want to start one – by all means start one, that’s what the network is for. While you are at the site, explore the web site side as well as the networking site side to see all the features and articles that are there for your use. Also, be sure to invite your colleagues that have an interest in house/simple church and missions. Spread the word and ask them to come and join.
How do you like our new banner? Thanks to Wendy for putting this together for us – it looks MUCH better than my lame attempt!
The network has been growing, and we thank the Lord for that. Unfortunately it became very labor intensive. So to facilitate more activity on the network we have made some changes. We came up with a solution, but it will cause you to have to work a little bit – hope you don’t mind.
We need those who want to be part of the network to join through the new networking application that is now integrated into the web site. So all you need to do is
1. Go to the website at http://www.house2harvest.org/
2. Click on “Enter the Network” tab and follow the instructions, or if you need more information, click on the “Need Help? Start Here” Button.
3. This will take you to a button to join, fill out the Profile Information and that’s it!
4. This should not take you but 5-10 minutes.
If you have any questions or if you see any problems on the site, let me know. I am sure I may have missed some things. I cannot add you, so you need to do this yourself.
Take some time to explore the site and you can see the potential of the new networking application will have on our ability to serve the nations!
Thank you for your patience,
One of the greatest challenges we have as servants to the nations is the ability to serve those who are of the Muslim faith. There are so many differing opinions on what is the right strategy and posture to take when approaching our spiritual cousins. Let me take a few moments to recommend three great books to read that will not only warm your heart towards our Muslim neighbors, but assist you in how to be a friend and servant to them.
- The third books I would recommend is: “A Deadly Misunderstanding – A Congressman’s Quest to Bridge the Muslim-Christian Divide” by Mark D. Siljander. Siljander shares his story of seeing Muslims as an enemy to a people who are seeking God and are open to learn from those who are also seeking to know God. His historic encounters with Muslim leaders around the world will encourage and enlighten you so that you can also be a friend of those who are Muslims in your neighborhood. You may find that many of them desire to follow Jesus and learn from Him. I had the opportunity to sit down with a few other friends and discuss his book and simple church several weeks ago. It was an honor to meet him. Be sure to check his website – A Deadly Misunderstanding.
These three books may be quite controversial to some, but I highly recommend them. They have certainly kept me from growing cold and disinterested in loving followers of Islam. In fact, they have helped me to be obedient by “loving my enemies” in a real tangible way as Christ has command us to do.
We have just finished the long process of develping the website for House2Harvest Network. This website is full of resources and is the main tool to network those who do missions with simple/house church networks.
Go to House2House Network and take some time researching and networking – be sure to join to get the full benefit.
As you can see we are now past the National House Church Conference. In a few days I will be moving some files around and setting things up to allow for discussion around issues and areas of interest.
I hope to have this done in a few days, so be sure to come back then!
I leave early in the morning for Dallas to attend the 2008 National House Church conference. It is fully booked! I hope you make it in! Be sure to come up and introduce yourself to me – I’d love to chat with you.
Greetings, since there were few who registered, we will get a smaller room – and need no registration or fee for the Round table meeting.