Note: Originally posted on March 10, 20011 – This post continues to be one of my most recommended posts to those wrestling with the “Why simple church?” question. Several years ago, a good friend recommended this post at www.plantingchurches.org. Here is an excerpt: According to census data, the population of the US currently is roughly 300 million. In 2050, they project that they the population will be 400 million. While many surveys suggest that 40% of Americans attend a church service regularly, that number is largely inflated. According to David T. Olson’s book, The American Church in Crisis,… Read More »6500 New Churches A Year Needed?
I recently attended an introductory meeting for new workers with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. The more I continue to learn about A.B. Simpson the more I’m convinced that he would be all about simple church if he were with us today. The Alliance originated because of Simpson’s conviction that “Jesus Only” was all we needed. He broke away from the traditional established church of his day because of the extra biblical mandates that had excluded Italians he led to Christ from worship. He realized that the “noble people” in the pews were interested in a “conventional parish for respectable… Read More »A.B. Simpson and Simple Church?