This is Jon Dale, you probably know my parents (Tony and Felicity
Dale) as the people behind SimpleChurch.com. First, a HUGE thank
you to everyone for taking part here. SimpleChurch has become a
wonderful community because of you.
My parents new book (co-authored with George Barna), The Rabbit and the Elephant: Why Small Is the
New Big for Today's Church
, comes out on Monday, June 1st.
We think you’re going to find this book really helpful, both for
your own journey and as a way to introduce others to the ideas
behind simple church.
We’d love your help getting the word out about the book. Here’s
what you can do to help:
1. Order copies of the book from Amazon. This will increase our
Amazon sales rank and make it more likely that others will buy the
book. Here’s the link to the book on Amazon: http://bit.ly/DFD3k
2. Send out an email, write a blog post or post something to your
website about the book.
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Thanks so much for being a part of this. We’re excited to see what
God does with this.
If you want to send an email to others here’s some copy that may
help. Feel free to change it any way you want to:
Rabbits, Elephants and Simple Church
If you put two elephants in a room together with plenty of food and
water, close the door, and come back in three years, if you’re
lucky, you may have one baby elephant. But do the same thing with
two rabbits and you’ll get thousands of baby rabbits.
In their new book, The Rabbit and the Elephant: Why Small is the
New Big for Today’s Church, simple church planters Tony and
Felicity Dale, with acclaimed researcher George Barna, use the
rabbit illustration to show the pace at which the Christian faith
can (and should) be growing—through a way of life that is explosive
and transformational. Through observations supported by the Barna
Group research, the Dales document how church all across the world
is changing from being event-based to life and
The Rabbit and the Elephant explores the simple church phenomenon
and the ideas and experiences behind its concept of every member
ministry. You will learn how to incorporate spiritual growth and
outreach into every aspect of your life, while discovering the key
to 21st century evangelism.
You can order the book from Amazon here: http://bit.ly/DFD3k
Download the first chapter (PDF)
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What others are saying about The Rabbit and the
In a time that is crucial, God sent a precious gift to our
nation—Tony and Felicity Dale. There are few people I respect and
love as much as I do these two. It is my privilege to call them
friends and coworkers. Their experience is a prophetic voice to us,
and this book gives wings to that voice.
Author of Organic Church
, Search & Rescue
Tony and Felicity Dale ask the right question in this book: why is
the church growing in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, while
thousands of churches are closing and church attendance is at an
all-time low in America and Europe? They ask the question and they
tell us the God answer! Don’t miss this book!
International director of All Nations
Tony and Felicity Dale have found keys to restoring God’s original
purpose for the church. Today’s church is 95 percent tradition and
5 percent truth. What if we could turn these per- centages around?
I encourage you to read and reap from The Rabbit and the
Host, It’s Supernatural!
Tony and Felicity Dale are at the forefront of a revolution that is
brewing in the body of Christ today. That revolution is marked by a
growing number of Christians who are gathering outside the
organized church and finding Christ in fresh ways in Christian
community. This book will give readers a window into some of the
exciting things that are marking this revolution. Among other
things, you will discover that Jesus Christ can be profoundly known
and expressed outside the typical structures of institutional
Christianity in new and simpler forms of church life. Read this
book and join a revolution that just might outstrip the
Author of From Eternity to Here
, Reimagining Church
and Pagan Christianity?
(coauthored with George Barna)
God is shifting the church from church-as-we-know-it to
church-as-God-wants-it. Felicity and Tony Dale bring us a thrilling
backstage account of how God is restoring divine order in his
house. May the spiritual “rabbit plague” they describe here sweep
through our post-man-made church world and invite all of us to join
the King, Jesus, as he builds his church.
Author of Houses that Change the World
and The Starfish
I have read many books on the house church movement, but this one
was the most helpful of all! Tony and Felicity Dale have been
involved in the house church movement, both in England and in the
United States, for many years and bring a wealth of information and
practical help in every aspect of house church ministry. The Rabbit
and the Elephant will be the first book I will be recommending to
those who are led to get involved in simple church.
Author of The Church in the House: A Return to
Tony and Felicity bring years of global leadership and experience
in the simple church movement to this book. They are genuine
pioneers of this movement in the West and have visionary insights
to off er in this easy-to-read, practical, and big-hearted book. We
are grateful for their ministry.
Founding director of shapevine.com and author of The Forgotten
In this new book by Tony and Felicity Dale, “rabbits” are simple
churches, and those rabbits are multiplying rapidly! Here you will
find quality “rabbit food” in the form of dozens of practical
insights wrapped in real-life stories. Tony and Felicity Dale are
wise voices speaking into this emerging movement.
Community coach at LK10.com
Clear. Practical. Timely. The contents of this book are
praiseworthy, but more importantly the book springs from the lives
of a couple who are implementers rather than theoreticians, people
who are Kingdom-minded and humble in heart.
Director of Global Strategies, e3 Partners Ministry
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