Deliberate Simplicity

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As a part of our on-going staff development, we’re usually reading a current title and discussing at our Monday morning staff meeting. We just finished reading the book, Deliberate Simplicity by Dave Browning. Browning is the founding pastor of the non-denominational, multi-site Christ the King Community Church.

Two thoughts our staff agreed were particularly applicable for Cedar Ridge:
1. We need to be more missional – that is intentional about outreach. Browning talks about an “arrows out” church. He asks the question, “is church a place you go to, or is church a place you go from?”

2. We also need to be cautious about creating so much programming that we unconsciously complicate discipleship. The sub-title of Browning’s book is How the Church Does More by Doing Less. He encourages churches to “uplug the extraneous” and become more intentional.

A couple of other thoughts I found interesting:
“The gap holding back most believers is not the gap between what they know and what they don’t know. It’s the gap between what they know and what they’re living…They are educated beyond their obedience.” Isn’t that the truth? Churches can be guility of operating with the idea that if we just impart more Bible knowledge, then we’ll have more mature Christ-followers. I wish it were that easy.

Browning also cites a survey taken in San Francisco that asked the question, “What do Christians do?” They received two primary answers: “They go to a lot of meetings” and “They are against things.” Ouch! If that’s the message the culture around us is hearing from us, we’re doing something wrong.

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