Those of you who are a little younger than me may not know that KISS stands for Keep It Simple Silly (or stupid, if you don’t mind being politically incorrect.)
I am a simple sort of guy. I am motivated by the truth in 2 Corinthians 1:12, “For our boast is this: the testimony of our conscience that we behave in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom, but by the grace of God and supremely so toward you (ESV).”
I like the words:
I can wrap my mind and my heart around two words!
We can save sincerity for another post, but let’s camp on simplicity for a while.
Not long ago I read a book titled, “Simple Church.” Great read and very thought provoking. Reading that book, coupled with my own experience and observations, has led me to conclude that we complicate things when it comes to ministry in and through local churches. We take what could, and should, be simple to understand / implement and complicate it by doing too many different things and offering too many different options to church members and attenders. Many churches are like long buffet tables with too many choices.
I am setting you up for my stab at a simple purpose statement that can fit any church and gives you three simple ideas to hang all activities and programs on. Here it is:
The purpose of our church is to make disciples who are in community and on mission with the Gospel and for the Gospel.
That’s it…except we need lots of new leaders to help us do precisely that…which is also a topic for a future post.
There is a three -fold purpose here:
- Make disciples
- Do what you can to make sure these disciples are in community
- Do what you can to make sure these disciples are on mission
All three are necessary to advance the Gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit.
- Based on the New Testament, your church needs to define what a disciple is
- Based on the New Testament, your church needs to define what it means to be in community (hint: it means more than being in a community group. You can be in a community group and not have a clue what real community is)
- Based on the New Testament, your church needs to define what it means to be on mission (individually and corporately).
Everything you teach and do should help your people become disciples who are in community and on mission.
Every time a new idea surfaces, ask yourself: If we do this, will it help us move our people toward our definition of what a disciple is and help these growing disciples be in community and on mission?
The bottom line is that churches around the country (and around the world, for that matter) are full of people who are not becoming disciples who are in community and on mission for the Gospel and with the Gospel.
If what you do is not consistently leading to that, stop doing it for simplicity’s sake. Simple enough?? Want to push back on this simple definition? Go ahead!