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Simple Church: Returning to God's Process for Making Disciples
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by B&H Espanol (first published May 31st 2006)
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Aug 08, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-church
While I appreciate the concept of the book, it is self-defeating in its length. The heart of the message of Simple Church is to clarify, move, align, and focus on what discipleship at your church looks like. This book could have been a pamphlet.

I read the whole first chapter. I skipped a few sentences in the 2nd chapter. I skipped paragraphs in the 3rd. And I only read bold headlines for the rest of the book.

It was dry and exhaustive. Most of the sentences were written (I guess) in a way to driv
Jan 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do we need another stat-filled book offering churches another way to organize themselves in order to maximize their effectiveness, reach more people, heighten fellowship, stir excitement, encourage evangelism, and all the rest? It would be nice if we had no use for such works; but the fact is, we do. Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger have collaborated to bring to us a work that is by no means earth-shattering, yet is somehow hitting a note that many of us miss. I’m not a big fan of the Church Growth ...more
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read with caution. This book will not just be another church leader or methodology book, it will challenge you to reconsider how and what you do at churches period. The challenge in this book: are you making a busy group of people or disciples of Jesus? The bible is clear that disciples, not busyness are the goal. Great read, great for leadership discussion.
Dec 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The premise of this book is sound, and certainly one that all church leaders (clergy and laypeople alike) need to hear . . . that for your church to be healthy, it needs to be specifically and consciously organized around a simple process that moves people further and further along their walk with God.

Support for the premise is, again and again, shown in the empirical results of the authors' research. While the results aren't always as immediately persuasive as the text implies, simple, process-
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book reaches the right conclusions (mostly) but instead of getting there from a biblical/exegetical basis, they do so on the basis of extensive research. This is interesting as a secondary source but I'd suggest starting with "The Trellis and the Vine" first. Frankly, I didn't really enjoy this. I'd rather be motivated to follow a discipleship pattern from Scripture than research. It feels like this is the evangelical answer to Jim Collins "Good to Great". The problem is that the church is ...more
Sally Ewan
Aug 21, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Blech! Yuck! I did NOT like this book. I am reading it because our pastor experienced an epiphany as a result of reading it and has made a lot of changes in our church, running rough-shod over existing structure and programming. This book is one of the current church-as-business genre, where strategies for growth are posited as ways to build the church. But where is God in all of this? If we were really living the way He wants us to, and trusting in Him for results, we'd see far more things happ ...more
Feb 12, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Rainer and Geiger conducted a study on church health... this is their book about that study. The sum of the study: less is more when it comes to church programs. There are some good nuggets in here, but the book as a whole is weakened by the lack of theological insight Rainer and Geiger bring to the table. For them health and growth are synonymous. I wouldn't argue growth is a helpful indicator of health, but it's certainly not the only indicator, and all growth isn't good growth.
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book revolutionized my view of church ministry! Loved it! A must for every pastor!
James Hogan
This book I have most certainly not come to a firm conclusion on as of yet. But I decided to write a small smattering of my thoughts nonetheless, as I just finished it yesterday and so I figured it fitting to at least write of my first impressions. Part of me really does not like this book, and I struggle to know if that's my own contrary nature or not. This book is written primarily to church pastors and leaders, to those who are seeking to understand how to structure their church and set up a ...more
Matthew Richard
Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger’s book attempts to persuade the reader to contemplate church as “simple.” With the plethora of mission, vision, and strategic statements, the church leadership as well as the average parishioner can easily get lost in various messages in the church. Appealing to Apple Computer’s simplistic approach, Rainer and Geiger share that “simple” is not only “in,” they also show that this approach is effective. With research from various churches Rainer and Geiger propose that ...more
Michael Boutot
While the book had good and valid points, I feel it could have been much shorter as there was lots of repetition. I also believe they gave no attention to other issues that I think have damaged the church, such as an increased focus on music and decreased emphasis on expository preaching.
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book I struggled with. Overall, I love the general idea of the book: simplifying the ministry of the church to more effectively disciple people in their Christian walks. But there were a few elements which gave me pause:

First, the emphasis upon research data. They touch on the fact that a healthy church is not about numbers, but about people living as God called them, but that acknowledgement is buried beneath chapter and chapters which point towards the size or numerical growth of a c
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book could have been a fourth as long and still just as effective because the message is very simple; every church should give some thought to a clearly defined and Christ-centered process of discipleship. When a person comes into the church as a newcomer/guest, they should be able to figure out where the entry point into the church family is. At our church this first step is attending the worship service in order to "come and see" God at work. Whatever the next few steps are (small groups, ...more
Annie Rose
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a difficult time deciding how to rate this book. I think the basic idea presented (focus your church's ministry on the process of spiritual growth and get rid of the stuff that doesn't fit that focus) is fantastic and could help most churches if properly understood and applied. However, the writing is at times painfully repetitive (you can tell it was cowritten by two preachers!), and the book would've been just as good at 50 or 75% the length.

More substantively, it bothered me that the a
May 29, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
the idea is simple enough, and there wasn't much profound here. But it's one of those books where you're just so glad that someone else is actually saying what you've always kinda thought.

The whole idea is that complex, cluttered churches are less effective (demonstrated through research) than simple churches.

The concept is so alluring, so exciting, that the church can be VERY effective while at the same time being VERY simple... but I found the actual application to be kind of deflating. They t
Micah Lugg
May 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although the book is not exegetically based, it does provide some extremely helpful observations on the success of disciple-making churches today.

The basic premise is that if you want to create a disciple-making culture in your church, then you need to simplify the process. If you do this, there is the potential, through the power of the Holy Spirit, for it to catch like wildfire. Most of the holdup in many churches in America stems from the complexity and isolation of the ministries within a c
Matt Kottman
This book is in some ways highlighting the obvious and in others unveiling what we miss in all the clutter.

They define a simple church this way: A simple church is a congregation designed around a straightforward and strategic process that moves people through the stages of spiritual growth. The leadership and the church are clear about the process (clarity) and are committed to its execution. The process flows logically (movement) and is implemented in each area of the church (alignment). The
May 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book! It's not all the time that you can read a "churchy" book and find processes and concepts that you start applying to work and home as well! Lots of interesting data and lots of personal stories from two guys who really seem to understand the simple message Jesus brought -
Love God | Love People | Serve the World

Read it and give it to everyone on staff, leadership or ministry in your church... then be patient when it takes a while to make it all come together!
David Gregg
Dec 05, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
A good book to read for pastors or church planters in institutional churches. It is a good book for solid organizational wisdom, if you're into that kind of thing. ;) It applies to non-profits and businesses.
Jason Johnson
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic! A definite must-read.
Peter Coleman
“Does it fall within the domain of prescription for the first-person subject to analyze the relationship of similitude of the second-person object to a period of solar illumination occurring during a season between a solstice and the autumnal equinox?” In the linguistic sense of referential meaning, that sentence is poetry. It asks nothing different in referential meaning than Shakespeare’s line, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?” The second line, however, has a certain elegance and beaut ...more
Amanda Parker
Has some good things to think about, but this book is too rigid and obsessed with man made methods. Number growth in churches is not the only indicator of health. Some huge churches are very unhealthy. And churches with multiple campuses are absolutely not following the example of the church in Acts. This book looks at the church as a business, hampering the movement of the Holy Spirit. Christian growth is not just an assembly line that you push people through. I see the benefit of getting rid o ...more
The gist of the Process Design Survey results has been assimilated in such a way that Rainer and Geiger were able to deduce the element common in every healthy church. They call this a “ministry process” (91). This process is what the weight of the book is centered around. A better explanation of what a ministry process is, and a succinct summary of the entire book’s thesis, can be found in chapter three.
A simple church is designed around a straightforward and strategic process that moves people
Vito Carlin
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Good. Constructive Criticism. Conclusion.

Simple Church is a very good and helpful book. It adds value not only to the individual reader but to The Church Christ died to redeem. The concept is simple to follow, understand and implement. Rainer and Geiger give plenty of examples to help you fully grasp each concept. This book is not to be simply read, it's a call to action with a very specific and significant result at the end! It starts with identifying the desired outcome and reverse
Randall Darden
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is an interesting read. Rainer and Geiger present their research, which is complex, in a simple way. For a church to be "simple" it needs clarity, movement, alignment, and focus. They bring the reader through their research and at the end of their book provide a chapter to assist in developing a personal plan for writing a simplified ministry plan. They are honest about the challenges facing a church during a move towards simplicity. I appreciate the clarity with which the authors pres ...more
Michael Eckhardt
Really a great look at church structures, which sounds really boring. For most people it probably is really boring, but for me it's pretty exciting stuff.

It's very much a research-based book which on the one hand I love, because I love hard data and information I can sink my teeth into. On the other hand, the readability and flow of the book suffers at times because of it, and some of the vocabulary choices are more research-type words, which actually makes it harder to conceptualize and retain
John Thompson
Have you ever read a book and thought, “Sure wish they had made that a long read article at my favorite magazine instead of repeating themselves for 220 pages”? Well, that’s the exact feeling you will get when working through Simple Church by Thomas S Rainer and Eric Geiger.

If you’re required to read the book, say for a leadership group at your local church, my recommendation would be skip to chapter three, which I found covered most of the material (and hat tip to chapter eight’s title). I cam
Chase Dunn
Although the overarching idea beyond this book is sound, there are just to many issues with this philosophy. At the beginning of the book It is stated that this philosophy is not doctrinal by nature, that is, it does not directly influence doctrine. However, the entire philosophy is geared around getting people from Sunday attendance, to the “major ministry” (usually small groups), and that leads to sanctification. By nature, that process must be theological... Also sanctification is not a mecha ...more
Andrew Ivester
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ministry
Simple church as a fairly lengthy book about a simple process for the church. The length comes from the statistical analysis that is the basis for the whole book. It is not that Rainer and Geiger have come up with something new, but rather, they have pinpointed a methodology that has consistently produced positive results in churches. In this book, they have taken those results and have combined them into a process called Simple Church. The big idea is to come up with a discipleship process for ...more
Rev. Linda
Our church's Senior Pastor and our Elders are reading this book, so I thought I would read it also to add to my own knowledge about the ways in which a church can thrive by reducing complexities and simplifying the process of Discipleship. From the publisher: The simple revolution is here. From the design of Apple products to Google's uncluttered homepage, simple ideas are changing the world. Now in paperback, multi-awarded #1 national bestseller Simple Church guides Christians back to the simpl ...more
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Thom 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.

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