by Rob Campbell
In light of Joelâ€™s post yesterday, it does appear that pastors throughout the world are longing for a more simple approach to church. They are tired of the unneeded bells and whistles of church which seem to encumber reaching not-yet believers and seeing lives change on a consistent basis. Of course, even a cell church can be encumbered with numerous appendages that impede making a difference in oneâ€™s community.
In Floyd McClungâ€™s book, You See Bones, I See An Army, he writes, ”
I believe any model of church that wins, gathers, and multiplies followers of Jesus is a good model. But the fact is that the bigger and more complicated a local church becomes, the more people and the more money it takes to lead on person to Christ.
This fact has been proved over and over again throughout the decades.
Like Joel Comiskey, McClung is a fan of the simple church. McClung continues:
Simple church seeks to empower people by avoiding bureaucracy, dependence on buildings, hierarchy, and â€˜come to usâ€™ models of mission. Simple church spontaneously and deliberately gets everyone involvedâ€“ where they live, play, and work.
Years ago when I was a youth pastor, I was asked to preach one Sunday morning by my Senior Pastor. He asked me, “Rob, do you know what the KISS theory is?” I said, “Nope, I donâ€™t believe so.” Thatâ€™s when he stated, “When you preach, Keep It Simple Stupid!”
I donâ€™t mean to be offensive, but maybe itâ€™s time to remember that theory and apply it to our communities of faith.