Simple Church by Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger is a quick and clear read. The title is pretty good at explaining what the book is all about. The Authors posit that that church’s natural inclination is to become more and more complicated. Through years of growth, new models, new programs, most churches have found themselves with too much to do, too much to maintain, and too many wheels to keep spinning. And the sad thing is, this isn’t working.
The Authors examine what sets thriving churches apart from non-thriving churches and the conclusion that they put forward in this book is Simplicity. Churches that are growing, have a clear and simple process to help people become disciples of Jesus. Whereas churches that are not thriving do not have this simple mentality.
The idea is so counter intuitive to much of the church world that really wants to see that we have a bunch of programs to keep our people busy. But that isn’t effective, it eats time and resources. But when a church is simple then all the time and resources are devoted to just a few things, that they do great.
I don’t want to say too much about the meat of this book because I believe every church leader should read it. And as a church that is in the middle of a huge transformation process I thing our church can use these principles. It’s a pretty powerful idea, less is more. So yeah, read Simple Church.