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Simple Church: Returning to God's Process for Making Disciples (2006)

de Thom S. Rainer, Eric Geiger

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Many of the church leaders we talk to are seeking an escape from the not-so-simple life. This book is not about another church model. Church leaders have been exposed to plenty of models, and have many on their bookshelves. Or worse, many church leaders have blended a bunch of models into one schizophrenic plan. If that is the case, neither the leader nor the people in the church are really sure what that church is all about. This pattern is seen all the time. But no new program will be pushed here. If anything, this book encourages eliminating some things, to streamline. This book will help design a simple process of discipleship for a church. It will help implement a personally chosen model. It will help simplify.… (mais)
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7/10: A fairly helpful book, with what appears to be a very sensible premise — that people in "simple" churches tend to grow more than those where church life is complex. It takes a statistical approach (though Rainer and Geiger are no Jim Collins), and it's certainly worth reading. It's helpfulness is lessened for me because its conclusions probably most useful to larger churches (which tend to be more complex by nature) than smaller ones, and to the American scene. ( )
  mark_read | Aug 13, 2020 |
It's interesting to see reviews of fellow pastor friends who didn't like this book. I suppose it's repetitive, and some of the research needs explained better, but it hammers home again and again crucial thoughts on church organization.

I came to it after reading the incredible Essentialism by McKeown, which pairs well with it (and exceeds it) in the emphasis on clear focus and direction in ministry. I'll be returning to this book.

Other reviews are correct when they ask for deeper theological and Scriptural reflection, however. ( )
  nicholasjjordan | Nov 13, 2019 |
Great book about what we have done to the Church today. Is it still as Biblical as what Christ wanted? Have we made it just too complex to the church? ( )
  HopewellGB | Jan 31, 2017 |
I led a leader's retreat for my church yesterday. Our goal was to discuss our purpose and the process that we are using to achieve that purpose. Our pastor recommended this book, and I found it very helpful in structuring our conversation. The key idea is that most churches are too complex. We need to help people move through the stages of encountering God, growing spiritually, and serving the world. This book provides lots of examples of how other churches have successfully achieved these goals and questions for discussion. ( )
  porch_reader | Feb 1, 2015 |
Enjoyed this look at simplifying the church. Some of my favorite quotes include:
Are the people in his church being transformed? Is his church making real disciples, the kind of disciples Jesus made?
the overprogrammed & busy church is the norm. The simple church is the exception, ... that should not be the case
Like the homes on the television show, many churches need an extreme makeover.
In general, churches that are vibrant and growing are simple. The vibrant churches are much more simple than the comparison churches.
Clarity is the ability of the process to be communicated and understood by the people. ... Clarity involves certainty, and it eliminates confusion.
Most churches are like poor relay teams. Instead of caring about the handoffs, they are preoccupied with programs.
Church leaders must have the single-mindedness of the apostle Paul who said, "One thing I do" (Phil. 3:13).
The key is to choose the best. Eliminate the unnecessary and keep the best. "I pray this…that you can determine what really matters” (Phil 1:9-10)
Immanuel strategically moves adults from worship services to Bible fellowships to small groups… People naturally progress.
This reality seems to stem from people understanding how we propose to make disciples, rather than just being told that we need to make disciples.
Like many churches they had vision, purpose, strategy & mission statements. It was too much, too confusing.
They committed to one statement that features their simple process: Connect to God, others, ministry, and the lost.
people are challenged to do three things a week-Come to a worship service, be in a small group & serve in a ministry.
People are now challenged to come to one service and one small group a week.
At Northpoint, less really is more. They have done so much less than most churches but have been able to accomplish much more.
"We have a clearly defined process for moving a person from salvation to spiritual maturity to significant ministry."
Sadly, in many churches people are stuck in the same place spiritually. And there is no intentional process to move them.
“The picture is clear: people stick to a church when they get involved in a small group.”
New Christians who immediately became active in a small group are five times more likely to remain in the church five years later
You must eliminate nonessential programs, limit adding more programs, reduce special events, and ensure the process is easy to communicate and simple to understand.
In general, simple churches are so focused on their ministry process that there is little time for special events. Special events would get in the way. They would distract.
The church, as a whole, is doing more and more. And the church, as a whole, is making less and less of a difference.
Leadership expert Tom Peters once commented, "It is easier to kill an organization than it is to change it." Please do not take the easy route. Do not kill your church.
"some people will struggle with abandoning other programs to focus solely on the ministry process God has given your church." ( )
  dannywahlquist | May 14, 2013 |
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Many of the church leaders we talk to are seeking an escape from the not-so-simple life. This book is not about another church model. Church leaders have been exposed to plenty of models, and have many on their bookshelves. Or worse, many church leaders have blended a bunch of models into one schizophrenic plan. If that is the case, neither the leader nor the people in the church are really sure what that church is all about. This pattern is seen all the time. But no new program will be pushed here. If anything, this book encourages eliminating some things, to streamline. This book will help design a simple process of discipleship for a church. It will help implement a personally chosen model. It will help simplify.

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