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Simple Church: Returning to God's Process for Making Disciples | [Thom Rainer, Eric Geiger]

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

Based on case studies of 400 American churches, authors Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger prove that the process for making disciples has quite often become too complex. Simple churches are thriving, and they are doing so by taking these four ideas to heart: Clarity. Movement. Alignment. Focus. Each idea is examined here, simply showing why it is time to simplify.
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The simple revolution has begun. From the design of the iPod to the uncluttered Google homepage, simple ideas are changing the world. Simple Church clearly calls for Christians to return to the simple gospel-sharing methods of Jesus. No bells or whistles required, so to speak.

Based on case studies of 400 American churches, authors Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger prove that the process for making disciples has quite often become too complex. Simple churches are thriving, and they are doing so by taking these four ideas to heart: Clarity. Movement. Alignment. Focus. Each idea is examined here, simply showing why it is time to simplify.

2006 Thom S. Rainer; (P)2009 christianaudio.com

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    J. Long 07-08-15
    J. Long 07-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Must listen"

    This is something every church should listen to. Instead of doing many thing poorly, do a few things with excellence.

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    George 04-01-15
    George 04-01-15
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    "Yielding to the Holy Spirit"

    Couldn't be more energized to make this happen in our church. However it
    must be underpinned by prayer.
    God is so good.

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    Dunamis PETERSBURG, VA, US 03-13-15
    Dunamis PETERSBURG, VA, US 03-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Complex reasons for simplicity"

    One overarching factor impressed me in this book. Creating a simple church is a complex process. While compelling, the heavy reliance on statistics can makeA graspable idea seem slightly unattainable to the common man.

    However, this mild quibble in no way lessons the impact that this book has had and will continue to have on Christian ministry for this generation.

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    Scott Matthews 01-30-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent Thought Provoking Book"

    What EVERY church needs... A look at itself!

    Are we busy winning souls, changing lives, serving people... Or are we just busy?

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    John Penrod 01-26-15
    John Penrod 01-26-15
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    "Simple for anyone to understand."

    If you do as they tell you, it will work. If you don't, it won't.

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    Wes Stanton United States 06-25-12
    Wes Stanton United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2011

    STILL waiting for the long-promised, still-invisible, audible app for the Windows Phone.

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    "Simple Church: Simplistic, but useful"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    A useful read: churches like other organizations tend to accumulate traditions and structures and practices that may have served the mission in their day, but now are evolved to distractions and energy-drains.
    This is one to have on the shelf in print, as well as in one's ear -- for loaning, bookmarking, marginal notes, using in church reorganization projects.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Thom Rainer again?

    Possibly.


    Any additional comments?

    Similar work is the "Quest for Quality" material developed a couple decades back by Ezra Earl Jones, in the United Methodist system (based partly on W Edwards Deming's work on quality management, in the business & manufacturing world).

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    David United States 03-06-12
    David United States 03-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent message, a bit redundant though"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Simple Church to be better than the print version?

    Not sure as I have not read the book, but the narrator is a bit hard to listen to.


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The data behind their research is quite intriguing.


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    Joe Wilkesboro, NC, United States 10-18-11
    Joe Wilkesboro, NC, United States 10-18-11
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    "Great Book!"

    Every Pastor, church and religious leader needs to read this book and apply the truths revealed therein. I listened to it 5 or 6 time and highly recommend this well researched study.

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    Daryle F Williams 03-04-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Thought Provoking"

    The authors have a lot of great ideas. However, I felt that their research was too narrow. I do recommend it to church leaders.

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    Jason Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada 06-04-12
    Jason Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada 06-04-12 Member Since 2012
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    "What Are Ministry Priorities? This Books Helps."
    What did you love best about Simple Church?

    An excellent case is made to simplify the programs and ministries of our churches to focus on moving people through a process of discipleship. Having worked in the church for over 10 years, the principles and ideas raised in this book rang true on many levels. Worth consideration.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Very well read and the narrator is great.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    You need time to digest each chapter and consider how the principles could be implemented.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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