+greenchurch

…gathering to give our lives for the Kingdom’s cause

  • Infectiously connecting a group of overlooked friends
  • As the heart, hands, voice, and compassion of the Body of Christ
  • In an essentials-only church that gathers right where they live

Thirty brief pages to share our story & ideas

Download Green Church the book in PDF

“The most life-changing ministry we can humanly pursue with a group of overlooked friends is a simple Body of Christ, a Church, planted among them, to be His Hands, His Heart, His Voice, His Compassion in their circle of relationships.”

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  1. may God use Christ-followers all over the world to plant Romans 16:5 churches among their overlooked friends!

    Comment by moosejaw — December 23, 2009 @ 2:05 pm

  2. There are many Starfish that have been beached that waiting for someone to throw them back into the water,

    I am one Starfish that has been saved.

    This church, through God has made me rich man, in the way that only God can enrich someone.

    Comment by stvbur — January 3, 2010 @ 7:26 pm

  3. http://www.greenchurch.info went to Kenya, Poland, Myanmar, and British Columbia today…..who in the world do you know that might be interested in some portion of it?

    Comment by Anonymous — January 11, 2010 @ 3:20 am

  4. everyone is looking for an experience like Stan's Story….one page, worth the read…pass it on.

    Comment by Lindsay — January 11, 2010 @ 3:33 am

  5. FYI….www.greenchurch.info went to Kenya, Poland, British Columbia, and Myanmar today….who in the world do you know that would be interseted in some portion of it….pass it on.

    Comment by moosejaw — January 11, 2010 @ 3:36 am

  6. I love your illustration with the starfish! Great picture and idea!

    Comment by jdblundell — January 13, 2010 @ 6:22 pm

  7. My life & outlook on it has forever been changed by Lyndsay & his family. This man is the REAL DEAL. I admire & respect him as my Pastor & as a man.
    Because of him my relationship with my God is the best it's ever been. When you see first hand what God can & will do when people are doing their part from the heart not for show it is nothing short of amazing. I wish EVERYONE could have experienced what I have been blessed to be a part of by being invovled. I will NEVER forget my BEST Christmas EVER! There was a family in need & my daughter & I were going to buy them a Christmas tree. They had many needs & had lost everything in a fire & had small children. My daughter was concerned that the children would have a Christmas tree. First we stopped at a live Christmas tree lot & the person there would not let us pay for the tree. Then it was on to Walmart to get some lights for the tree among other things. It hard to explain to a child that they had many needs & we were getting other things they needed as well. We had already gotten lights for the tree & my daughter was pointing at a $20.00 lighted tree top Angel & asking if we could get it. An elderly lady over heard our conversation & with tears in her eyes handed me a $20.00 bill & said get that Angel for those children. I still get chills when I think about it. That's ONLY one example of God at work through this wonderful loving & caring group of people. It took me a long time to truly understand that Church is what & where YOU want it to be.

    Comment by Richard — January 22, 2010 @ 2:53 pm

  8. Recipe for a More Abundant Life

    First, you must have faith in God that He will provide all your needs.

    Second, separate all the things you desire from the things you really need.

    Add to this an appreciation for all that you have.

    Never be jealous over what others have.

    Be sure to share with others less fortunate what you do have.

    Keep a positive attitude. Mix all ingredients with love and compassion.

    Fold in kindness to eliminate bitterness and serve in large portions.

    This recipe is not fattening and can be used in any amount.

    Recommended for morning use, but can be used all day long.

    *Possible side effects can be happiness, contentment, peace, true joy, and knowing your heart and life are in God's will.

    Comment by Richard — January 29, 2010 @ 4:16 pm

  9. A Christ-follower in Myanmar recently sent a translation of part of greenchurch in the Burmese language….it should be posted soon under the
    “your translation+the nations” tab……..maybe you are God's tool to translate Chapter 6, 7, or 8 for your nation/language group….how does His spirit finger your heart about this? Note the simple process under that sam tab……………thanks!

    Comment by moosejaw — February 4, 2010 @ 6:54 pm

  10. I've been sharing Stan's Story with my facebook friends….very moving….

    Comment by moosejaw — February 4, 2010 @ 6:57 pm

  11. a group in Michigan and a 30-something discipler in Austin requested greenchurch info this week…..people are hungry for the same authentic relationships no matter where they live…

    Comment by Ken — February 7, 2010 @ 11:28 pm

  12. Yesterday we gave $350 to a young couple going through unemployment, sent $70 with a guy to buy rice for Bhutanese refugees in a nearby city, heard a report from Saturday on delivery of furniture/clothes/blankets/food to Congolese refugees in our city, gave a box of food to a person needing a boost, and sent $30 to a missions organization…then we continued with our Sunday church gathering…yeah, it took kind of a big group at church to get that much done during our one hour worship gathering, 16 were present.

    Comment by Lindsay — February 22, 2010 @ 9:48 pm

  13. Absolutely awesome report! Sounds like that took a huge group to get it done ;-)

    Comment by jdblundell — February 22, 2010 @ 10:12 pm

  14. I’ve been exploring this site & reading more & feeling as spirit filled as I know how to feel after reading several of the articles. This Church & group of people have forever changed my life. I will NEVER be the same again. My Prayer is that more people are able to experience first hand that there is NOTHING in life that can EVER give you the feeling you get from helping others & being a part os something so wonderful & so real.

    Comment by Richard — August 24, 2010 @ 6:13 pm

  15. Dear It is also blessing to hear what the lord is doing in your life over there and with a number of brothers and sisters. its our prayer that one of these days father may bring us together face to face in a place where we can have fellowship in a better way. Not only I and you but you with my other beloved friends here and I with your other beloved friends there.

    I feel that the most profound words that will ever be spoken to us, aside from the written Word, is that which occurs when we still ourselves before the Lord, in temporary isolation, and in replete silence.

    Over the years, the one topic about which I have written and spoken, is that of the daily discipline of entering-into quiet-time with the Lord–that we might hear His voice for ourselves.

    An analogy which the Lord spoke to me long ago, is that found in Mathew 18:3, wherein Jesus says that if we do not become as a “little child” we will not see the kingdom. One day long ago I was meditating upon that one verse, when the Lord spoke this to me:

    “David, one of the greatest places of peace for a child is that while sitting on its father’s lap, nestled close to his chest, resting in complete peace and safety, and while hearing his heartbeat. And unless you become as a little child, by sitting upon My lap in your quiet-times, and allowing Me to still your soul, speak peace to your mind; and allowing Me to speak affirmation to your soul like no man can, you will ‘not see the Kingdom’ made manifest in your life and in your ministry, now.”

    The greatest ministry in which we will ever engage in this lifetime, will be that which occurs as we minister to our Father, by sitting in stillness and silence before Him, like a child sitting on the lap of his earthly father. All other ministry is but an overflow of that ministry, and is secondary at best.

    I pray a blanket of peace over you today, as you continue to instill this greatest of ministries, to those whom you are presently pouring-into and as you rest in him. May the lord open a way for us to come together one of these days.

    In his Love
    isaac1emily@yahoo.com
    Isaac & Emily

    Comment by Isaac1emily — March 9, 2011 @ 8:30 pm

  16. I’m very much hearing same things after 35+ years.  I was just thinking yesterday that it might be better to give to those that God has seemed to put in our life  rather than to send it off.  I’m not opposed to giving to needs by mail but, what a coincidence to be on your site this morning and you are doing just that.

    Comment by Michael Salmon — September 17, 2011 @ 5:24 pm

  17. Michael,

    I quite agree with you. Lately the Lord has been giving me this understanding about what He is after when He instructs us to pray the Lord’s Prayer and ask for His Kingdom to come and His Will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven. What you are saying there: “… I was just thinking yesterday that it might be better to give to those that God has seemed to put in our life rather than to send it off….”. seems to me to be doing exactly what He wants to do to fulfill that part of the Lord’s Prayer! Also, in light of that, I come to ponder the same thing with these Words from Acts 20:

    Act 20:32 And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
    Act 20:33 I coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel.
    Act 20:34 You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me.
    Act 20:35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”

    Now just imagine all the Church doing that in every place, every town, city, county, state and nation of the world. I think the world would come to realize the Kingdom has now come and the Will of God is presently being demonstrated to them on earth as the Kingdom and His Will are done back home in Glory Land!

    Your buddy, Michael Burke

    Comment by michael — September 18, 2011 @ 4:10 pm

  18. Yes…I encourage even building based churches to take one month and plan in advance to GIVE AWAY every offering that comes in that month to poor/desparate/hurting/hungry persons and give it THROUGH THE HANDS OF THE MEMBERS….let them deliver it personally……I believe it would transform the community, church, and church staff….I think they would do it again and again!

    Also. I think there would be an amzing offering that month!!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous — September 19, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

  19. transformed lives…in a simplechurch

    Comment by Anonymous — September 19, 2011 @ 5:09 pm

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