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Conventional Chicago Churches Learning from Simple Church Movement

Today’s ministry leaders are looking to simplify the way they do church. The Simple Church Revolution event sponsored by The Church Visioning Group of Professional Building Services (PBS) recently provided pastors and ministry leaders in Chicago with a Christian fellowship and ministry-building ideas. Guest Speaker, Eric Geiger, co-author of the best-selling book Simple Church, provided an in-depth look at the principles of Clarity, Movement, Alignment and Focus.

On the Simple Church website, a simple church is defined as follows: “… rapidly multiplying, simple communities of believers, meeting in homes, offices, campuses, wherever God is moving. This is the pattern common to many parts of the globe, and is now becoming more and more common in the U.S. as well.” www.simplechurch.com

And conventional churches say they are learning valuable lessons from Geiger and the simple church movement. At the recent event, Geiger emphasized the point that Step 1, Developing Clarity, is the foundational key to developing a process for making disciples of Jesus. Geiger shared that “It is essential to begin by defining your process and determining what kind of disciple you wish to make. The next step is to describe the church’s purpose as a process and then decide how each weekly program is a part of that process.” Jan Bartlett of the First Congregational Church in Lockport, Illinois, says, “I came to hear what this was about and I find we are starting this process and it’s exciting!”

In addition to Eric Geiger’s presentation, the evening’s agenda included two short segments presented by members of the PBS team. Dale Reiser spoke on “The Healthy Church” and Barb Kouba talked about “The Small Town Connection in a Big City Culture.” Both Reiser and Kouba are Certified Church Consultants with The National Association of Church Design Builders.

Pastor Corbett Reeves of Crossroads Church in Norwalk, Iowa, summed up the seminar stating, “I wanted to move forward in my understanding of the concepts of Simple Church. This was excellent!”

More information about the Simple Church concepts can be found at www.ericgeiger.com or www.simplechurch.com .

If you are interested in receiving information about upcoming ministry events sponsored by the Church Visioning Group of PBS, contact Barb Kouba at barb@pbsdesignbuild.com.

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