We have taken the pressure out of writing a CoffeeChat by creating a super easy template for you to work with. All you need to do is follow the guidelines. That's it.
Once you have completed the work, it will be submitted to CoffeeChatConnect, they will proof read it for you, send you their input (if any) and then publish your CoffeeChat.
Join THE WORLD BOOK CHALLENGE: Your story can make a difference.
The BIG IDEA is to share the feel-good stories of our experiences, life lessons, new insights, re-inventions, self-assessments, etc. with one another during the lockdown.
Don’t underestimate the power of what you have to share. An old Proverb; “If you think you are too small to make a difference, just think of a mosquito.”
YOUR STORY could be...
• the light into their darkness
• the inspiration into their desperation
• the idea to curb their boredom
• the plan to solve their problem
WHAT IS REQUIRED OF YOU? Use the guideline below to share you story.
HOW WILL YOUR STORY BE SHARED? In two ways;
1) On “The World Book Challenge” facebook group:
2) Once there are enough stories will we publish them into an e-book by CoffeeChatConnect.com, for free. You need to be registered for your story to be published.
Do not underestimate your story, little mosquito. Your experience is priceless.
Before Church buildings were built, before worship groups needed to sound "professional", before differences in doctrine and denomination, before professional preachers, Even BEFORE the Bible was written,... sat groups of friends talking about God, learning from one another and discovering meaning together. This is the oldest and simplest form of church.
CCC is used: Anywhere, Anytime, with Anyone. We're haven't invented anything new, we're simply giving something that works a new look and doing our utmost to make it easier and more accessible for everyone.
Focused on 1 Corinthians 12 - "The Gifts" and "The One Body of Christ"; our vision is to have as many of God's people working together to help The Church grow throughout the world by simply;
Working together and Doing what we are gifted to do.
Everyone has a place and can offer something. CCC is a tool that can help people apply themselves in easy and practical ways. "As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead" - James 2:26.
Our team is growing and more Christians are finding their place within CCC. Using this platform, we are able to reach many people far and wide, using the collection of our gifts to help churches grow.
If you would like to be a part of the CCC Team, click here and let us change the world together!
After churches have run courses, they are stuck with answering the "What Now?" problem.
Typically, groups are formed within these courses and once the course has completed, the people are energetic and excited. Often they want to continue meeting and learning together. However, when the group members are asked, “Who would lead the group?”, the same excused are given; I’m too busy, I don’t have time. I don’t know enough. I don’t think I can do it. The leaderless group eventually stops meeting altogether.
Pro: Excited and energetic people
Con: No Leader
Solution: Reimagine the “Leader” position. Encourage the group members to take turns in facilitating the CCC. If you can read, you can facilitate. The CCC material guides the conversations and effortlessly leads the group.
CCC Experience: Without the “leader” position – people express themselves more without waiting for the “anointed leader” to say everything.
Everyone is too busy. In the traditional sense of leading a small group, one needs a lot of extra time. In an already busy schedule, preparing a group discussion can be daunting, tedious and time-consuming. When people don’t have time to prepare, they withdraw altogether.
Pro: People want to meet and learn together
Con: The don’t have time to prepare
Solution: Eliminate the “Preparation” pressure. Create pre-prepped CCC material that will guide the group discussion.
CCC Experience: Everyone is more relaxed and less stressed when facilitating a chat. Conversation flows as they learn together and they tend to be for forgiving when the facilitator does not know everything.
We are not designed to do Christianity alone. One of the first things Jesus did when he started his ministry was to create a group of people who became his closest friends. They did everything together.
Today = Isolation through Technology.
People may be connected electronically but they becoming more disconnected interpersonally.
Technology has given us the ability to connect to anyone, at any time, specifically via social media. However, technology has also inadvertently created a culture of isolation.
Pro: People want to belong and nobody likes isolation
Con: They seek "belonging" via electronic methods
Solution: Use technology to create interpersonal connection spots of belonging.
CCC Experience: People love and look forward to their CCC groups every week. They feel like they belong. Sunday Church attendance is increasing and new people have joined the church.
For whatever the reasons are; not everyone likes going to, or is able to go to, church.
Pro: People have Christian friends.
Con: They won’t go to church or they cannot get to church.
Solution: The Church goes to them.
CCC Experience: CCC groups have started in pubs, businesses, schools, etc. Some non-churched have gravitated back to church and some, previously, un-churched have become members.
Churches are filled with "pew-warmers" (people who talk about serving God but couldn’t be bothered by actually doing it.) Churches stop growing. Spirituality becomes boring. The same people do everything. Etc.
We are commanded to “Make Disciples”. CCC creates Disciples without the person knowing it. It’s not difficult. It’s not unrealistic. It’s easy. When someone facilitates a chat or even attends a group, they have started on the road to becoming active disciples.
Churches are crying out for people to get involved in serving within the Kingdom of God. Persuasive sermons aren’t doing the trick anymore. But when you are sitting in a group of friends and the group decides to do something together, the very same person who likes sitting in church, or just attends the group, eventually becomes active. CCC groups mobilize people.
Pro: People are more comfortable and confident when doing mission together.
Con: Institutional (church) micro-managing.
Solution: Let the groups discern what God is telling them, specifically, to do for his Kingdom. Don’t stifle them. Trust them and support them.
CCC Experience, 3x examples;
a “retired” group of people started a CCC in a pub on Thursday nights.
Another group adopted an orphanage.
A Young Adult and Youth Group adopted the second church service to make it more applicable for younger people.
As customary in many circles, there is always the “Us and Them” dynamic. The old people and the young people. One "knows more" than the other. They both don’t understand one another. CCC neutralizes this tension. Because it is designed in such a way that each chat is “open-ended”, each person has the opportunity to discuss how they personally interpret a specific bible text. It’s proven to be a great tool to help parents and children have an open conversation about the bible and discuss the topics they would otherwise have never had.
Pro: People grow closer together.
Con: Families don’t know how to spark or hold conversations around the bible or biblical ideas/topics/doctrines.
Solution: CCC is the non-threatening "outside" voice that helps guide those awkward family conversations.
CCC Experience: Families are engaging the bible together and developing closer relationships. Many families have started sitting together in church services.
Coffee = Fellowship, sharing a cuppa or a meal, spending time together in a relaxed environment.
Chat = CCC Material guide the conversation in a non-threatening environment – you’re with your friends.
Connect = Interpersonal Connections: Connecting with one another and, most importantly, connecting with God.
Purpose: Connecting Friends Around an Open Bible
How: Invite. Chat. Repeat.
CCC’s foundation is the idea of “Body of Christ” (1 Cor. 12) to mobilize it in an easy and practical way. Each person has a gift for the Kingdom. CCC is a tool that can help collaborate those gifts and ideas into an easily assessable way for the benefit of everyone. Sort of like open-source software, except we’re using our spiritual gifts together, within the Body of Christ. It can be anything. Possibilities are endless. What can you offer? There are several projects in the pipeline…
Some rural churches, who only get a preacher visiting once a month or quarter, use CCC to guide their Sunday church services.
CCC is a super easy tool that can be used within any context. The purpose: Connecting Friends Around an Open Bible.
The idea is;
To take the church to the people.
To create groups of people who are excited about God and his work.
To learn from one another.
To get people to actively serve God, together – like the disciples.
CCC is a Christian and multi-denominational tool.
The only thing CCC pushes is God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit. Other than that, CCC is designed for people to answer and wrestle with open-ended questions by seeking answers from the Bible. CCC re-creates the people's openness to the prompting and teaching of the Holy Spirit.
If anything, CCC works hand-in-hand with every church who serves Jesus