Practical Reason Three for Simple Church

The third reason to embrace this simple church paradigm is that it is simple.  In order for church planting to have maximum impact on the culture, it must be simple. Dawn Ministries International describes why they chose this type of church planting:

Our desire is to identify and nurture God inspired gatherings that multiply. We are focusing our attention on emerging models that express the life of the Body in simpler, more familial settings where Christianity is a way of life and relationships and community are the normal expression of life in Christ. We believe that the most effective way to fulfill this purpose is to embrace the concept of simple church. This is one of the keys to saturation church planting because only that which is simple can multiply rapidly and organically. Simple does not imply a particular structure but builds on the foundation of household and extended family.

Simple Church reproduces at a much faster rate than complex church. So in practical matters of church planting, it is important to keep focused on the concepts of relationship and simplicity.

The simple nature of this paradigm carries over to other important issues.

Organic Church Planting is Simple

Planting Simple Churches is different from other types of church plants. When considering the traditional church plant, one of the first issues is considering the infrastructure needed to begin. This usually follows a plan or process of securing items considered essential, a process that can become stressful and complicated. Contrast this is to the Simple Church plant, which is relatively easy to start. The following items are unnecessary in a Simple Church plant:
• To buy property
• Or a building
• A pulpit
• Pews
• Hymn books
• Piano
• Baptistery
• Sunday school
• Youth pastor
• A denomination
• To be incorporated
• To meet on Sundays
• To have church bulletin
• Or to meet at the same place every week
• A sign with the name of your church on it
• A name

None of the above items is bad or wrong, but neither are they essential. “The more non-essentials we add, the more difficult we make it to start a new church.” One of the benefits of Simple Church plants is the focus on keeping it simple.

Expense and cost distinguish Simple Church planting from more traditional approaches, as it is less expensive. Traditional church planting approaches are more expensive, often ranging from $50,000 to $300,000 per start-up depending on the situation and locale. These costs include renting space to meet, pastor’s salary package, advertising, and other expenses. One reason Simple Church is less expensive to initiate is its use of bi-vocational or tent-making leadership which functions apostolically. There are those special individuals responsible for an entire Simple Church network who could receive full salaries for their role, but generally speaking, most expenses within this paradigm are spent on missional endeavors rather than financial outlay for leadership and staffing.

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