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With Simple Church, everyday life is the mission trip! Our mission field is right here in our own neighborhoods.

 

What is a Simple Church?

Simple Church is a global network of house churches; Truth seekers who value one another as they grow spiritually.

Simple Church accepts God’s invitations to join Him in His missionary work.

Simple Church is lay-led by common, everyday people trained as Simple Church planters.

Simple Church regularly gathers in homes for fellowship, food, and relational Bible study.

Simple Church is overseen and coached by lay-people, the Simple Church planters who are on the front-lines.

With Simple Church, everyday life is the mission trip! Our mission field is right here in our own neighborhoods.

The Mission Behind Simple Church

This front-line missionary work focuses on reaching people that are not acquainted with church, and introducing the Everlasting Gospel of Jesus (Rev. 14). This is done by fostering a casual, non-intimidating environment to welcome new believers and support them in their individual spiritual growth.

While this type of “church” may feel different or new to those of us more familiar with traditional church, this model of fellowship and worship was responsible for the wildfire-like spread of the Gospel Message in the New Testament era. Simple Church exists to go back to the original model of discipleship and nurture.

There have been several other modern terms for this type of church, such as House Church, Home Church, Cell Group, Home Meeting, Small Group Church, etc. The term “Simple Church” refers to this particular Global Network of house churches led by those trained in the CORE4 Missionary curriculum.

Simple Church also exists for the purpose of training CORE4 missionaries to reach the mission fields where they live. Just as the Apostle Paul mentored others to become leaders and share the Gospel in their own spheres of influence, Simple Church strives to train leaders to continue this proven method of discipleship.

Is it in the Bible?

Absolutely. Simple Church upholds the Sola Scriptura principle, that the Bible alone is enough. Our reasons for facilitating this movement are based on biblical principles and examples.

Most of the specific mentions of a house church are in the New Testament after Jesus’ resurrection. In fact, the book of Acts begins in a house in Jerusalem (Acts 1:4, 13) and ends in a house in Rome (Acts 28:30). Additionally, the Apostle Paul makes several greetings to “the church that meets in [person]’s home” all throughout his epistles.

But the house church practice began in the Old Testament, before the Tabernacle of Exodus was planned and constructed. The church throughout Genesis contained nomadic family units that simply built an altar wherever they were. Then they stopped to worship God with their entire family and their servants. The priority was seeking the Lord and submitting to His power and forgiveness, no matter the place or the circumstances.

Read more: Is It In the Bible?

Simple Church Structure

Simple Church is intentional about keeping its infrastructure simple, though not simplistic. We ask questions like, “What are the bare essentials?” “How much is necessary to share the Everlasting Gospel?” “What hinders a grassroots, lay-led movement?”

Simple Church is bottom-up in its leadership structure, as compared to institutional top-down leadership. Mahatma Gandhi understood this principle when he said, “There goes my people. I must follow them, for I am their leader.”

The missionary leaders within the Simple Church Global Network are trained through the CORE4 Missionary program. They are held accountable through coaching and accountability by their peers. For an existing house church to become a Simple Church, its leaders must complete all phases of CORE4 and be in contact with a CORE4 peer coach.

In traditional church structure, leadership often scurries to keep up with what God is doing on the front lines. Simple Church’s bottom-up method of working alongside each other allows this model to be free of time-consuming red tape that inevitably comes with a top-down structure.

In other words, since Simple Church home-grows its coaching leaders, it does not “departmentalize” leadership. Coaches who are actively on the front-lines of their missionary work operate on a high level of integrity that also yields a high level of authenticity. Privilege and responsibility can go hand in hand.

Benefits of a Becoming a Simple Church

There are numerous “lone ranger” house churches across the globe that have answered God’s call to discipleship. The Simple Church Global Network links its house churches to one another in a global discipleship initiative and offers coaching, support, comprehensive leadership training, and resources for organization and growth.

How it Began

Mission-minded lay people started Simple Church as a grassroots movement to uphold the New Testament church model and support the Priesthood of All Believers. These biblical concepts proved to be best accomplished in a small-group house church which allows the priesthood of all believers to do the work of disciple-making (Matt. 28:18-20).

While this idea may feel “new” to those of us who grew up in a traditional church, house churches were the norm in early Christianity as believers shared the Gospel of Christ within a secular culture similar to what is now seen in North America. Simple Church decided it was time to come full circle.

Want to know more about how institutional churches began replacing house churches? 


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