8 Quotes from *Simple Church* by Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger

1. “To have a simple church, you must design a simple discipleship process. This process must be clear. And must move people toward maturity. They must be integrated fully into your church, and you must get rid of the clutter around it” (Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger, Simple Church, 26).
 
2. “A simple church is a congregation designed around a straightforward strategic process that moves people through the stages of spiritual growth” (p. 60).
 
3. “Alignment is the arrangement of all ministries and staff around the same simple process” (p. 74).
 

4. “In a church that lacks alignment, everyone is competing for the same space, resources, volunteers, and time on the calendar.
    A church that lacks alignment, does not feel like one body. It feels more like a building that houses a wide variety of ministries.
      All churches naturally drift away from alignment” (p. 75).
 
5. “Focus is the commitment to abandon everything that falls outside of the simple ministry process. Focus most often means saying ‘no.’ Focus requires saying ‘yes’ to the best and ‘no’ to everything else” (p. 76).
 
6. “Simple churches have a clearly defined process. The process is designed to move people to higher levels of commitment, and it is implemented in each department of the church so there is alignment. Clarity, movement, and alignment are essential.
    But these three elements are in effective without focus.
    Focus is the element that gives power and energy to clarity, movement, and alignment” (p. 77).
 
7. “Church leaders must define more than the purpose (the what); they must also define the process (the how)” (p. 114).
 
8. “For the simple process to become a part of the culture of the church, it must be woven into the leadership culture. Discussion must begin with the leadership of the church. The simple process must become part of their vocabulary. It must roll off their tongues with ease. Must make its way into the hallway discussions, lunches with key leaders, and the meetings.
    The process must be discussed among the leaders consistently. If the hearts of the leaders do not beat passionately for it, the people will miss it. If the ministry blueprint is fuzzy to the leaders, it is not even thought about by the people in the church” (p. 125).
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About Paul O'Brien

I am a lot of things; saint and sinner. I struggle and I strive. I am a husband and father of three. I have been in pastoral ministry for 9 years. I went to school at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary but most of my schooling has been at the School of Hard Knocks. I have worked various jobs, including pheasant farmer, toilet maker, construction worker, and I served in the military. My wife and I enjoy reading at coffee shops, taking walks, hanging out with friends and family, and watching our three kid's antics. :)

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