Simple Church: Returning To God's Process For Making Disciples
  • Simple Church: Returning To God's Process For Making Disciples
  • Simple Church: Returning To God's Process For Making Disciples
ISBN: 0805443908
EAN13: 9780805443905
Language: English
Pages: 272
Dimensions: 1.1" H x 9" L x 6.2" W
Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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The simple revolution is here. From the design of Apple products to Google's uncluttered homepage, simple ideas are changing the world.

Now in paperback, multi-awarded #1 national bestseller Simple Church guides Christians back to the simple gospel-sharing methods of Jesus. No bells or whistles required. With insights based on case studies of 400 American churches, Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger prove the disciple-making process 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 updated trade paper edition includes a new chapter with further insights the authors have gained through hundreds of conversations with church leaders since this landmark book's original release.

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   Simple Church is Simply Strategic:
Simple Church provides that context and tools to create a process that will result in individuals growing in Christ throughout the Church. Based on empherical evidence, the authors discovered that programs based on larger churches were not producing disciples. A lot of activity was going on, but not much to brag about when it came to results. Our church staff took the simple findings in the book and crafted a simple process that anyone can follow to become more like Christ. It has not only revolutionized what we do, but also what we don 't do! It is a book that every church leadership team should read.
   Simple solution to grow and effective church
The thing to like about Thom Rainer's books is that they are not just written by Thom Rainer. Rainer brings his entire research team to bear issues and while they don 't act in many cases like they have all the answers, they give you the facts to come with them. Simple Church is filled with research, examples and simple churches that show the actual approach works! Don 't misunderstand and think that simple means easy. In ministry, we deal with people, but the approach proposed in this book works because it is what the N.T. Church used a simple, uncluttered, but often uncomfortable approach. I believe that this book is a must have book for every pastor and for every church planter.
   Keep it Simple
As the title suggests, this book is about returning to the basics of the Church - Ministry and discipleship. This book emphasizes the importance of clarity, movement, alignment and focus in the Church Ministry. One of the most helpful features is that the authors not only show you, but also tell you about these principles in action through several case studies of actual churches. As a pastor, I found the book helpful in evaluating our ministries and implementing some strategic planning for our church.
   Not a Bad Book - Just Nothing New
The title Simple Church also describes the content, but describes it only too well. Almost everything said in this book can be found in other books that are much better, I would suggest reading 7 practices of effective ministry and next generation leader by Andy Stanley. These are much better reads and much more practical for the Church Ministry.
   Great Insights, partial explaination
Like many church and business books, there is often a very good kernel that could be expanded in a long article, but instead it is explained to book length. Here is what is good : The basic thesis is that churches that simplify and focus their disciple-making structure are not only better at creating disciples, but also in evangelism and better at creating deep disciples. What I have observed, however, is not that the authors are not correct in their reasoning, but that it explains only a part of the success. And many simple churches are also not well. So are the authors correct to suggest that many churches would be better off being more simple on average?
   Best book I've seen on how to do "church"
This book lays out very simply and concisely some problems within many of today's churches and offers real solutions on how to get back to what the Church is biblically called to be. Based on a study of successful and not so successful churches, the authors conclude that churches should throw out those distracting and ineffective activities that use limited resources and compete with real discipleship. Instead, a church should focus on bringing people together with God and each other into community, helping them reach spiritual maturity. Then send them into the kingdom to serve God and serve others. The second part of the book backs its ideas with several interesting case studies.
   Must read for Pastors and church leaders
It would be a good book for a Church Council, an Elder Board or a Staff and a Leadership Group. If one is interested in capturing the idea of returning to the main thing in church life or at least helping your church move in that direction, Rainer and Geiger provide a valuable resource. The only complaint I have with the book is the subtitle : Tuning to God's process for making disciples could be misunderstood. It is about establishing direction and giving focus to the church. For help on actually growing people into fully-devoted followers of Christ, you will need to consult other resources.
   Simple Church Simple Ideas
Simple Church : Returning to God's Process for Making Disciples by Thom S. Rainer and Eric Geiger is a book that claims one must simplify to make changes. The authors want Christians to return to the simple Gospel sharing methods of Jesus, plain and simple. The authors did a case study of four-hundred churches around America and found that the process of converting disciples has become too complex. Now the time is to simplify. + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
   Turning Conventional Church Thinking Right-Site Up
There have been two books that have transformed my thinking about how the church should be done. This book is by Glenn McDonald, and The Disciple Making Church. Each book shows that being a disciple is not about creating innovative programming, but about making disciples. When the Church loses its focus from what Jesus asked us to do and becomes a consumer-based organization attempting to bring it in a crowd, it is no better than the local Wal-Mart. In different ways, both books bring the focus back to the life of a disciple. If people really want to change the world for the better, it will be through discipleship and not through the creation of the latest and greatest self-serving programs.
   I'm Excited About the Future of our Church
This book helped me tremendously in the process of establishing a discipleship in our church.