Conversermons — Spirit-Led Conversations About God

The concept of conversermons is based on the idea that you can hear talk after talk about God; but you will never really know Him until you experience Him for yourself.  Transformation is more important than theology.

Rather than a 1-man professional talk about God, a conversermon involves everyday people openly showing and telling what God has done in their lives.  Ordinary people share testimonies, Scriptures, needs, gifts of the Spirit, exhortations, prayers, ministry to one another, etc. in an open mic format as led by the Spirit.  (See 1 Corinthians 14:26).

Louis L’Amour, one of the most prolific and popular writers of modern times, agrees with the concept of conversermons — that ordinary people are eloquent.  L’Amour wrote:  “The poor peasant, the hunter, or the fisherman may have knowledge that scholars are struggling to learn.”

Personally, I’ve often wondered — since we can listen to sermons anytime we want, why should we spend our limited Sunday time together, listening to a sermon?  Recently someone sent me this quotation by Yaholo Hoyt

“Church service was designed before radio, TV, and the Internet. If we have one solid day a week to get together, why spend it doing something we can do any time we want? I can listen to a sermon on the drive to work, the drive home from work, or often while I am working. If it is so important for people to hear ‘good teaching’ every week then we can listen to it during the week and then use it for ice-breaking conversation on Sunday.” –Yaholo Hoyt

So, rather than a 1-man sermon on Sunday, why not experience a participatory conversermon instead?  Check out our Sunday conversermon format at The Salvation Army Berry Street, 225 Berry St., Nashville, 37207 at 10:45 am.  You’ll be glad you did.



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 @
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5 Responses to Conversermons — Spirit-Led Conversations About God

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  2. Justin Mulder says:

    Thanks Steve, I love what you say in this blog and especially loved the quote at the end. I really agree that the regular sermon is not as effective in transformation as we are taught that it is. I definitely think there are times when some focussed input/teaching can help a group of believers to make a big step forward in a certain area. But weekly sermons are too much to actually process and apply to life. Every week the pastor has a new sermon whether you applied the last one or not.

    • Steve Simms says:

      Yes, Justin. And besides that, a weekly sermon takes up time that could be used to obey 1 Corinthians 14:26 and all the “one anothers” in the New Testament.

      • Justin Mulder says:

        So true, we really are addicted to the idea that more knowledge will be the answer to our problems, that we never have a chance to live it out. Thanks Steve

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