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
With a good dose of humour the authors share their research on how simplifying the processes of a church makes it more appealing and effective.
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.
STILL waiting for the long-promised, still-invisible, audible app for the Windows Phone.
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.
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).
Not sure as I have not read the book, but the narrator is a bit hard to listen to.
The data behind their research is quite intriguing.
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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