I Found A Book That Describes Nashville’s Berry Street Church

I “stumbled upon” a book in a used book store called The Rabbit And The Elephant.  It is written by Tony and Felicity Dale and George Barna.

As I began to read the book, I was amazed.  It perfectly describes our meetings at The Salvation Army Berry Street even though the authors have never been to Berry Street and no one at Berry Street has ever read there book before.

Here are some quotes:

“We frequently experience the Holy Spirit orchestrating the meeting in extraordinary ways.”

“Since God is creative, we’ve come to expect variety in our meetings; gifts of the Spirit such as prophecy, prayer, scriptural insights, and visions.  And we’ve learned not to be concerned about making mistakes.  In a sense, each gathering is a workshop, and the best way to learn is to risk making mistakes.”

“Sometimes people wonder how the Holy Spirit leads in a time together.  We’ve found that if we fully participate in what is going on, the things that come to mind spontaneously are most likely from the Holy Spirit.  For example, if someone is praising God through prayer, you might find a verse of Scripture or a song comes to mind.  Chances are that thought was the Holy Spirit, and it’s something you should share with the group.

“We sometimes ask a person requesting prayer to sit on the ‘hot seat’ while others lay hands on that person and pray for the need.  Someone might share prophetic words or pictures, and someone else might share a verse of Scripture.  We’ve found this kind of prayer to be life changing!”

“At other times we break into smaller groups of three to four for prayer.  In this way we make sure that everyone in the group can easily take an active part in the praying.”

They also describe our participatory Bible study:  “Everyone’s opinions are valued and there is no such thing as a wrong answer.  When someone shares something bizarre, the facilitator might say, ‘That’s an interesting point.  I’ve never heard anyone express it that way before.  What does anyone else think?'”

And they even describe our neighborhood prayer walks:  “Often they walk the streets where they sense Jesus is sending them, praying for the people who live there.  They pray blessing on those people and on the city and its services.  They repent for the sins of they area  They identify the problems of the area and pray against the spiritual powers of darkness behind them.  Prayer like this will open up an area for the gospel.”

Come and experience The Salvation Army Berry Street Worship Center for yourself — 225 Berry St., Nashville, 37207:

Sunday morning participatory Bible study — 9:30

Sunday morning sharing and testimony gathering — 10:45

Thursday night free flowing prayer meeting  — 6:30.


About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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11 Responses to I Found A Book That Describes Nashville’s Berry Street Church

  1. Tony Dale says:

    Your blog just popped up because Google tells us when The Rabbit and The Elephant is mentioned on the web. What a blessing to see what the Lord is doing at Berry Street! it amazes us where these books turn up. I really glad that someone sold/gave their copy to that particular used book store. We continue to watch week by week as the Lord does the most amazing things. Last week, in a most remarkable way, the Holy Spirit took the passage to “not despise the day of small beginnings” in Zech 4, used it to prompt us to as each other, just as Zechariah was asked in that chapter, “What do you see.” Before we know it, a newcomer is weeping before the Lord and handing over her life to Jesus for the first time. It is so easy when God does it! I am so delighted that the Lord has allowed this little book to bring us together in this way.

  2. Tony Dale says:

    Sorry about the typos in the comment above. I guess my late night flight back from LA last night took its toll. Hope it is understandable!!

  3. Steve Simms says:

    Thanks Tony, for the encouraging words. And thanks for writing such an encouraging book. I was amazed as I read it at how much of what you describe is exactly what we have been doing at Berry Street the past 4 years. We must both be listening to the Holy Spirit.

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