- Based on case studies of 400 North American Churches
- 2007 Christianity Today Book Award winner in the "Church/Pastoral Leadership" category
- Outreach Magazine's Best Outreach Leadership Training Resource of 2007
The simple revolution has begun. From the design of the iPod to the uncluttered Google home page, 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 four hundred 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.
About the Authors
Thom S. Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. Prior to LifeWay, he served at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for twelve years where he was the founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism. He is a 1977 graduate of the University of Alabama and earned his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
In addition to speaking in hundreds of venues each year, Rainer led Rainer Group, a church and denominational consulting firm, from 1990 to 2005. The firm provided church health insights to over 500 churches and other organizations over that period.
He is the author of twenty-one books, including Simple Church, The Book of Church Growth, The Bridger Generation, The Every-church Guide to Growth, The Un-churched Next Door Raising Dad, and Essential Church. Simple Life, is the latest release by Thom and Art Rainer.
Eric Geiger serves as executive pastor of Christ Fellowship in Miami, Florida. Christ Fellowship meets in five locations throughout Miami-Dade County and is comprised of more than 70 nationalities. Besides serving as pastor, Eric frequently consults with and speaks to church leaders. He also authored Identity and co-authored Simple Student Ministry. Eric received a doctorate in leadership and church ministry from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to ministry in South Florida, Eric served churches in Ohio, Louisiana, and Arkansas.
An engaging read that provides hope and focus for leaders feeling overwhelmed by complexity and stagnation in their congregations.
This useful brush-clearing book could help churches of any size move beyond mission statements to real mission.