My review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Important book for reminding clergy and laity of the true mission of the church. When you clear away the clutter and concentrate on making disciples through worship, small groups, and service, the church becomes healthy and fruitful. Solid research, solid principles (not programs) presented in an approachable and enjoyable way. If you aren’t into the science behind the statistics, its easy to skip those sections.
BONUS: The Florida Conference Office of Congregational Excellence offers an inexpensive DVD of Eric Geiger presenting this material. Great for a leadership retreat. You can reach them at http://congregationaltransformation.com/
From the publisher:
The simple revolution is here. From the iPod design to Google’s uncluttered homepage, simple ideas are changing the world. Multi-awarded #1 national bestseller Simple Church guides Christians back to the simple gospel-sharing methods of Jesus. No bells or whistles required. Based on case studies of 400 American churches, Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger prove the disciple-making process is often too complex. Simple churches thrive by taking four ideas to heart: Clarity. Movement. Alignment. Focus. Simple Church examines each idea, clearly showing why it is time to simplify.