Simple Church

Today in our monthly Catalyst Gathering we discussed a great book and approach to ministry. The book is entitled Simple Church and challenges the reader to turn from a complex approach to ministry and to simplify. The four main aspects we talked about today are:

  • Clarity
  • Movement
  • Alignment
  • Focus

Here’s a few challenging quotes from the book:

  • “If there is no measurement, the people within the organization will not internalize the severity and urgency of it.”
  • “Complex church leaders are programmers. Programmers focus on one program at a time. Designers focus on the movement between programs.
  • “It is not enough to unite the church around the same what (purpose), but they also must be aligned on the same how (process).”
  • “Jack Welch became the CEO of General Electric and he made a bold statement. GE would be number one or number two in every market, or they would eliminate that part of the business. They would focus only where they could be the best.”

Finally, here are some things that might help you better grasp this Simple Church process:

My Name is Earl

This morning we had Earl Creps speak at our monthly Catalyst Meeting. What a guy!! Below are some notes from his talk:

>”Being innovative is not about doing right differently.”
>”There is no such thing as Emerging culture, just cultures emerging.”

Acts 17:13-15
>Just because things aren’t working out doesn’t mean you’re on the wrong trip, just that along
the journey sometimes things just don’t work out.

1. You are the right person.
>In your setting right now, Jesus has put stuff in your path that He will use to pull things
out of you.
2. You are in the right place.
>Wherever you are is a place of influence, big or small.
3. You are earning the right to be heard.
>In our communities we are earning the right to be heard.
>Without the right to be heard, we’re just another e-mail in the inbox and we’re just going
to be deleted.

If you are wanting to subscribe to Earl’s monthly e-newsletter, you can e-mail him at

On a side note, the one thing I appreciate so much about this guy is he is so approachable and easy to talk to! Well, now I’m off to Springfield!! Look out Fazoli’s here I come!!

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