Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Simple Church

A refreshing approach to church! But don't get your hopes or your cynicism up! This is not a book promoting another gimmick or church model. Researchers Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger do not hold up or promote a new program or add more activities to your already bloated calendar.

Thom and Eric actually will encourage you to streamline and eliminate. As the promo material on the back of the book says: "Simple Church calls Christians to make a clear return to the simple gospel-sharing methods of Jesus. No elaborate, multi-level out-reach strategies required."

The key words used throughout the book are: Clarity, Movement, Alignment, and Focus. Based on research of four hundred American churches Simple Church demonstrates how effective simple churches are taking those four words very seriously.

This book will make you scratch your head, put it down for a while, then pick it back up to re-read portions. You will struggle to shift your attitudes. What this book does not offer is a new program. It offers an old way of looking at things--a way so old it looks and feels new!

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