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The simple revolution is here From the iPod design to Google’s uncluttered homepage simple ideas are changing the worldMulti awarded #1 national bestseller Simple Church guides Christia. Read with caution This book will not just be another church leader or methodology book it will challenge you to reconsider how and what you do at churches period The challenge in this book are you making a busy group of people or disciples of Jesus The bible is clear that disciples not busyness are the goal Great read great for leadership discussion

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Ns back to the simple gospel sharing methods of Jesus No bells or whistles reuired Based on case studies of 400 American churches Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger prove the disciple making pro. Blech Yuck I did NOT like this book I am reading it because our pastor experienced an epiphany as a result of reading it and has made a lot of changes in our church running rough shod over existing structure and programming This book is one of the current church as business genre where strategies for growth are posited as ways to build the church But where is God in all of this If we were really living the way He wants us to and trusting in Him for results we d see far things happening than if we make plans based on man s wisdom

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Cess is often too complex Simple churches thrive by taking four ideas to heart Clarity Movement Alignment Focus Simple Church examines each idea clearly showing why it is time to simplify. This book I have most certainly not come to a firm conclusion on as of yet But I decided to write a small smattering of my thoughts nonetheless as I just finished it yesterday and so I figured it fitting to at least write of my first impressions Part of me really does not like this book and I struggle to know if that s my own contrary nature or not This book is written primarily to church pastors and leaders to those who are seeking to understand how to structure their church and set up a process that will easily enable the church to fulfill God s mission on this earth I understand I am not the primary audience for this bookfor indeed it is a book founded upon research and numbers and stats and all the things that make me twinge a bit on the inside wondering if we are seeking to replace the work of God s own Spirit with our man made methods and stratagems This book definitely hit my buttons and not in a good way To someone who was greatly impacted by Murray s Revival and Revivalism reading a book about how to streamline your church in order to be vibrant and growingwellit sets off a few alarm bells here and there to be true But then I think about the fact that we do live in a physical world and that the visible church does need organizational structure and that isn t a bad thing And it s proper and good to be somewhat intentional in organizing and executing the activities of the church Of course the words programs and process have the whiff of pragmatism and thus can alarm those of us who see an over reliance on man s methods as detrimental to the truth growth of the church But I do believe there is a place for planning and organizing so perhaps it is my own fault as someone who is not a church leader for thinking ill of thinking critically about how our local church is organized I still am a bit dubious about some of the research methods apparently the definition of a vibrant church is one that has increased its membership numbers Really but some of the takeaways make a lot of sense There is no doubt many churches today have overly complex program schedules and are far too bowing to the perceived needs of church members instead of seeking to fulfill the command of Christ to make disciples of all the nations If this book causes churches to reconsider ill conceived church programs and an almost frantic culture of busyness I suppose that is not a bad thing I definitely feel the book is light on actual how to stepsbut that is acknowledged by the authors and is probably a good thing Local churches should not be cookie cutter models of a mother church but should seek to glorify God in the local context in which they find themselves I still am somewhat wary of the conveyor belt mentality that is conveyed A believer needs to progress from Step A to Step B to Step Cjust like metro stops on the tube yes Of course we are called to grow as believers to mature and to become like Christ But to think that a believer needs to be handed from one program to the next in a kind of maturation master planwell that strikes me as a bit simplistic and trite As you can tell I have many thoughts on this book and while I m aware I have my own biases I still was a bit disturbed by the takeaway that changing a church s process would solve all the problems That in and of itself is a trite takeaway as I m sure the authors would contend but I still contend that reading and using this book as a church improvement guidebook won t do anything in and of itself Also as I m sure the authors would agree But as a book written to the vast majority of Western evangelical churches that do tend to rely on an over abundance of programs as a benchmark of a church s healthiness I suppose this book could serve as an appropriate wake up call I myself long for churches where the Word is preached in season and out of season where prayer is unceasing and ever rising and where believers are encouraged and constantly growing like Christ and in which an unbeliever would walk into and say surely God is here I believe the authors of this book would agree with that and at the end of the day I suppose this book is about setting up a framework and structure in which these things take place If that is its purpose then well done I wish the book had been written in such a way to make that clear though as I m fearful that some will take this book at face value and make it the be all end all of having a healthy church Move people through the process and all is well Well Maybe Man looks at the external God looks at the heart I pray that all of us would have soft hearts and humble spirits longing to glorify God in our local churches We in the West are truly privileged that we have the luxury of engaging in such debates about church structure and organizational schemes Some churches in other areas of the world are not so blessed and maybe it is to their benefit I pray that we would seek to worship God with our whole lives loving those around us as we seek to live at peace with all men


10 thoughts on “Simple Church

  1. says:

    While I appreciate the concept of the book it is self defeating in its length The heart of the message of Simple Church is to clarify move align and focus on what discipleship at your church looks like This book could have been a pamphletI read the whole first chapter I skipped a few sentences in the 2nd chapter I skipped

  2. says:

    Do we need another stat filled book offering churches another way to organize themselves in order to maximize their effectiveness reach people heighten fellowship stir excitement encourage evangelism and all the rest? It would be nice if we had no use for such works; but the fact is we do Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger have collaborated to bring to us a work that is by no means earth shattering yet is somehow hitting a no

  3. says:

    Read with caution This book will not just be another church leader or methodology book it will challenge you to reconsider how and what you do at churches period The challenge in this book are you making a busy group of people or disciples of Jesus? The bible is clear that disciples not busyness are the goal Great read great for leadership discussion

  4. says:

    The premise of this book is sound and certainly one that all church leaders clergy and laypeople alike need to hear that for your church to be healthy it needs to be specifically and consciously organized around a simple process that moves people further and further along their walk with GodSupport for the premise is again and again shown in the empirical results of the authors' research While the results aren't always as immediately per

  5. says:

    This book reaches the right conclusions mostly but instead of getting there from a biblicalexegetical basis they do so on the basis of extensive research This is interesting as a secondary source but I'd suggest

  6. says:

    Blech Yuck I did NOT like this book I am reading it because our pastor experienced an epiphany as a result of reading it and has made a lot of changes in our church running rough shod over existing structure and programming This book is one of

  7. says:

    Rainer and Geiger conducted a study on church health this is their book about that study The sum of the study less is when it comes to church programs There are some good nuggets in here but the book as a whole is weakened by the lack of theolo

  8. says:

    This book revolutionized my view of church ministry Loved it A must for every pastor

  9. says:

    This book I have most certainly not come to a firm conclusion on as of yet But I decided to write a small smattering of my thoughts nonetheless as I just finished it yesterday and so I figured it fitting to at least write of my first impressi

  10. says:

    Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger’s book attempts to persuade the reader to contemplate church as “simple” With the pletho

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