Research shows that churches clearly focused on a simple biblical process for facilitating life-change and making disciples are effectively advancing the movement of the gospel. Simply put, simple churches are making a major kingdom impact. On the other hand, churches with a complicated disciple-making process—or with no process at all—are comparatively unhealthy and unproductive. They may have a lot of activity; but they are not as effective in fulfilling the disciple-making mission of Jesus Christ. Riverside is committed to being as mission-effective as possible—Riverside is committed to becoming a "Simple Church".
A Simple Church is a congregation that is organized around a straightforward process that moves people through the stages of spiritual growth. A Simple Church has clarity—its disciple-making process can be easily communicated and understood. A Simple Church has movement—sequential steps that enable people to progress into deeper levels of commitment and spiritual growth. A Simple Church has alignment—all ministries and ministry leaders are united around the same disciple-making process. A Simple Church has focus—a commitment to abandon everything that falls outside of its simple disciple-making process.
At Riverside, we want the power of the Holy Spirit to use us to move people to KNOW God, GROW in God, and SOW God’s love—nothing more, nothing less. To learn more about Riverside's vision to become a Simple Church explore our website or contact a member of our pastoral team. Additionally, you can purchase a copy of the book Simple Church written by Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger at LifeWay Christian Stores, or at www.amazon.com. Copies are also available in our office to be checked out on loan.
Join us in praying that God will lead us to more effectively fulfill the mission of Jesus Christ, and "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:19, NKJV).