B&H Publishing Group, 241 pp., 2006, $19.99, www.bhpublishinggroup.com
After extensive research in American churches, Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger found an almost universal difference between vibrant, thriving congregations and stagnant churches in the way they move members from entry point to service. That difference was simplicity.
Ministry calendars are typically overloaded with programs. If your church is trying to multiply true disciples and avoid just keeping members busy, this will be a great resource. Simple Church offers a clear mission and plan for creating disciples and cultivating spiritual transformation without clutter or confusion. Unfortunately, for many churches, becoming “simple” may mean drastic changes in the way we design ministry.
Review by Adam Griffin