What is “Simple Church?”

October 6, 2014


We do church where people do life … at the university … at the business office … at Starbucks … at someone’s home.

We share a meal together … We worship together … We have a conversation about the scriptures … We receive some prayer … We talk about loving our neighbors

We see ourselves as those ‘sent’ to be missional [missionaries] to our communities / neighborhood / city.

Our model is Acts 2:38-39 a simple / organic way of doing faith.

We look to multiply – where as traditional churches look to simply add – we look to multiply. The 2’s become ‘4’s the 4’s become 8’s.

By keeping it very simple – every actually gets to play!

Sharing our God Stories

May 30, 2012

This Summer, we will be taking some time at Friday Night Home Group to share our God stories with one another.

In the Book of Acts, nearly every recorded evangelistic conversation began with “what Jesus did in my life”.  As we are exploring how the early church did things, we have the opportunity to try out one of their primary methods.  Every God story is a miracle that will increase our faith and hope.

Sharing our God Stories will also give us the opportunity to understand one another better, and to gain futher insight into everyone’s strengths and dreams.

Our volunteers so far for this Summer are:

Friday June 1–Wilburn

Friday, June 8–Crystal

Friday, June 15–Liza

Friday, June 29–Donna

Friday, July 6–Michelle

Friday, July 13–Jon & Lauren

Friday, July 20–No Home Group

Friday, July 27–Carole

Friday, August 3–Marjorie

If you are interested in sharing your God story, please let Tim know.

Friday Night Home Group meets at the Truesdales. Snacks at 7, and Worship starts at 7:30.

Need more information, including directions to the Truesdale’s: send a note here.

Giving the Kids a Boost on our Shoulders

September 5, 2011
Kids don’t come with Instruction Manuals!  And we recognize that of all the jobs we are given in our lifetimes, raising the next generation is our biggest assignment! Our community’s kids will have much bigger and more complicated assignments than we could even imagine.
When and where do you get a breather to talk about your parenting job in a lighthearted way with people who understand?
In the hustle and bustle of life, do you need a spot to stop and share your victories and shortcomings in a safe and supportive setting?
This is a Small Group that will focus on Parenting, but it is open to Grandparents, Foster Parents, Encouragers, Prayers, and really everyone who is committed to raising the next generation to be even stronger than we are in their love for God and for one another.
It is sponsored by the Raytown Vineyard Church, but it is for anyone who wants to give a boost to the next generation by investing in our community’s kids and grandkids.

Still not sure about it?

Check out the “Come and See” event on Friday, September 9 at the Truesdale Home.  We will kick off at 7 with Snacks, and will start the program at 7:30. See if this is something worth spending 2 nights a month doing. No commitments–just check it out.  And by the way, feel free to bring the kids!

What is a “Good Pastor”?

April 20, 2010

In the modern American church, we tend to lump together a variety of roles under the title of “pastor”.  Oftentimes we find it convenient to use that title for church staff who focus on adminstering, leading, teaching, and preaching, among other responsibilities.

Over the next two weeks, we will be looking at the spiritual gift of pastoring, and considering the parallels between the roles of a shepherd and a pastor.  We will be answering these questions and more:

  • How can I overcome wounds caused by pastors who did not meet my expectations and needs?
  • What does the Bible say about this spiritual gift?
  • Is the pastoral ministry limited to church staff, or can anyone exercise pastoral gifts?
  • Where can these gifts be developed? In a family? Small Group? Congregational setting?

Come and join us on Sunday at 5 PM as we CONNECT in shared space at 5413 Blue Ridge Cutoff, and bring a message on  “Pastoring: Feeding God’s People”.

Feel free to take a “sneak peak” at the Scripture passage.

Feel free to answer this question below: “What do you look for in a good pastor?”

Bear Grylls did Alpha. Now you can too.

September 5, 2009


Ever heard of Bear Grylls?  He is the host–and subject–of the Discovery Channel’s wildly popular show called Man vs. Wild.

Why would an apparently self-sufficient man like Bear Grylls do Alpha?  (To see a short clip, click here.)

Isn’t Christianity a crutch for the weak?

Does the Christian faith have anything at all to say about the complexities of today’s world?

Starting on Thursday, September 10 at 6 PM, we are partnering with other area churches to provide you with the opportunity to catch dinner and a movie with the Alpha Course.  You will get to ask any question you have ever wanted to ask in a safe environment.

Bear Grylls did it.  Now, you can too.  (By the way, fire starting skills are not required to take Alpha.)

For more details on Alpha, click here.

To go straight to Registration, click here.

Registration for Alpha is Open

August 26, 2009


Is there more to life than this

We are pleased to announce that registration for the Alpha Course is now open!  We are joining with other community partners to provide Alpha at First Baptist Raytown, starting on Thursday, September 10.

Click here for more information about Alpha.

Click here to register for the Alpha Course.

Snack Ministry

August 9, 2009

We aren’t always a serious bunch.  Around here, we like to point out that “Snack Ministry” is a signifcant part of any Raytown Vineyard Church event.  We believe that when we gather around to share a snack–or a meal–we have a great opportunity to celebrate life together. 

Come and experience some genuine relationships with us.  Chocolate is optional.