Often times I will sit down and read a new book. More often than not the book is about church leadership. What does it take to be a leader in a church? And not just be a leader in a church, but be an effective leader in a church? “Good to Great” is considered in many circles, whether social work or business world, to be one of the greatest books on leadership. Sometimes the books deal with culture and what the church should be doing within it. Books like, “They Like Jesus But Not The Church,” by Dan Kimball or, “No Perfect People Allowed,” by John Burke. These are some of my favorites.
But there is something simple out there. A simple approach to church work. And simple is exactly what the culture is looking for. In “Simple Church,” the authors in the first chapter share different companies within the culture that are diving into the “simple” revolution. Companies like Apple, Papa John’s & Google. Each of these understand the concept of simple in our complex world. At the touch of a button we can communicate with the other side of the world. Our world is so small yet so complex. And in the midst of a complex life, and sometimes a crazy life, there is a simple revolution. A revolution that is taking its cue from the culture around it. It is a revolution that has set my heart ablaze again for the work of God’s Kingdom.
The purpose of the book is to return to God’s simple plan for making transformed and mature, disciples of Christ. Not making Christians. Not making more church-goers. Not making more rule-followers. Not making pew sitters. But walking with people through a simple process that is designed to help them transform into all that Christ hopes they will become. And through this transformation, people will join together with Christ and other people, to build the Kingdom of God. For those of you in a ministry of any kind, I truly believe that you will find this an extremely refreshing read.
I want to encourage everyone who is in church leadership in any manner, to either read the book “Simple Church,” or to encourage your church leaders to read it for themselves.
What are some “simple” things you have noticed within our world? Where are the simple things in the midst of our complex world?