Frequently Asked Questions
We make sure to take note of questions that we are asked more than once.
To make things easier as you get to know Simple Church, here are few questions and topics that often arise.
How does Simple Church measure "success"?
Our “success” is accepting God’s invitation to join Him in His work (John 5:19). In other words, Simple Church is where everyday life is the mission trip. It’s a journey, rather than a process with an end. We follow the example of the Father as represented in His Son, Jesus Christ.
Can I start a Simple Church and still attend my regular church?
Simple Church shifts priorities to relationships with secular or unchurched people. And these relationships take time—lots of time.
Foundational to missionary work is that missionaries “go,” leaving their comfort zones for the specific purpose of reach unreached people.
It use to be that a missionary would “go” overseas, learn a new language, eat new food, wear different clothes, and immerse themselves in a new culture. Everything around them constantly reminded them, “I am a missionary.” It was physically impossible for the missionary to keep one foot involved in their regular/conventional church and put the other foot in the mission field. They had to choose between the two. This was a blessing in disguise.
For Simple Church missionaries, it can be tempting to try to stay involved with one’s existing church and “add” simple church missionary work. However, this complicates life and ignores the priority of becoming a front-line missionary, and the priority of making more time to spend with unreached people.
This is why Simple Church is intentional about simplifying the “religious rat race” so that missionaries have more time (not less) to spend with secular and unchurched people.
This is still a mission trip—you just don’t have to leave your neighborhood!
What makes up a CORE4 Missionary Team?
(2) Co-leaders provide spiritual leadership and general oversight, for both adults and children.
(1) Host Coordinator arranges logistics: house location, food/meals, and creates an all around warm and friendly atmosphere.
(1) Details Coordinator serves as assistant treasurer, clerk, and takes care of secretarial items. This person also works with the Simple Church treasurer that serves your country.
Learn more at CORE4 Training
What if I'm having trouble finding a CORE4 Missionary Team?
You can still move forward. In Matthew 10, Jesus send out His missionaries in teams of two (a “CORE2” missionary team). There are some situations where it is impossible to find a CORE4 team. In these cases a CORE2 or a CORE3 are able to start a new simple church. Two is the minimum.
Keep in mind there are advantages and disadvantages to starting with a CORE2 or CORE3 team. The big advantage is you can still move forward and will grow your CORE4 team out of the harvest. This is what overseas missionaries have done for years. With God’s help, all things are possible.
The primary disadvantage is the loneliness CORE2 and CORE3 teams can often experience in their missionary work. It is advised that CORE2-3 teams spend extra time in prayer.
If I can't access Simple Church materials online, can I order them?
Is Cell Church different than a house church?
Yes. Cell Church still follows the basic Constantine format: weekend celebration worship services which usually take place in a public setting plus a pastor/staff who plans and coordinates the worship service. The cell groups meet during the week as do most small groups.
Additionally, the purpose of the cell group is to serve the goals and growth of the larger church.24
Is this movement primarily young people?
No. Researchers note that the house church movement crosses all generational lines. That means there are as many older people as middle aged as young people who are leaving the typical church or coming out of the rat race to gather in house churches.
Can you sum up what the Simple Church Network does?
- Empowers the priesthood of all believers to do all the work of disciple making.
- Provides a structural umbrella of support where Simple Church CORE4 missionaries can connect with other CORE4 missionary work as they share the Everlasting Gospel.
- Maintains accountability within and between CORE4 teams.
- Educates local conferences, missions, and church administrators regarding church planting movements values, grass-roots cultural changes facing church denominations, and a Biblical understanding of the “priesthood of all believers.” The temptation for church leadership is to make cosmetic adjustments without embracing deep change.
Is Simple Church limited to a certain part of the world?
No. Simple Church is able to train CORE4 missionaries no matter where they live in the world. All a CORE4 missionary team needs is an Internet connection.
“Go and make disciples of all nations . . .” Matthew 28:18
“Christ sought to teach the disciples the truth that in God’s Kingdom there are no territorial lines, no caste, no aristocracy; that they must go to all the nations, bearing to them the message of a Saviour’s love.” Desire of the Ages, p 20. (italics supplied)
Are there "wrong" reasons for wanting to plant a church?
Unfortunately there are many. Check out this post.
Want the good reasons to plant a Simple Church? To reach unreached people with the Everlasting Gospel. Simple Church is front-line missionary work.
What makes Simple Church different from other house church networks?
The uniqueness of Simple Church is it’s collection of simple attributes, outlined in this post.
How big did a New Testament house church get?
On average, 10-35 people
Are there "wrong" reasons to start a Simple Church?
- I don’t like our pastor.
- I don’t like the music in our church.
- I’m having some theological questions.
- I don’t like traveling to church.
- I don’t want to be accountable to an organization.
- I want to decide what to do with my tithe and offerings.
- I just want to worship God.
Are Simple Churches the same as the book called Simple Church?
No. The book, Simple Church by Thom Rainer & Eric Geiger, is an excellent book that talks about simplifying the typical/average church.
It is not talking about Simple Church House Churches, which is an altogether different paradigm.
We know it can be confusing because both use the same term—Simple Church. Names for house churches include: Organic Church, Greenhouse, Simple Church, Mini Church, and House Church.
Is Simple Church a new idea?
House churches were the norm in the New Testament, as believers shared the Gospel of Christ in a secular culture similar to what is now seen in North America. We have come full circle. Today we again live in a secular western culture. House church may be new to us, but it is a very old “new” idea.
Check out “Is It In The Bible?”