We who have made the transition to a simple form of church think we made a good decision. Most of us cannot imagine a better way to be the Church. But are there some blind spots that we are overlooking in our desire to be a Simple Church? Is there something we are missing? Tom and Gavin discuss our potential blind spots.
Gavin, Matt and Tom continue their discussion on the Ordinances or Sacraments. This episode focuses on Baptism. How is baptism done in a Simple Church? Who can baptize another? Where can baptism take place? What are the practical concerns with conducting a baptism?
This is Easter Week as well as Passover Week. It is fitting that we take time to discuss a very important topic for any church: Communion. It is one of the Sacraments, or Ordinances of the Church and a key practice for churches of all denominations. Communion is not just a ceremony to fill the time in a church service. Rather it is an important symbol of the atoning sacrifice, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In this episode, we describe Communion and how it may be practiced in various ways in a Simple Church.
After twenty-two episodes of Keep It Simple, we wanted to dedicate an episode to exploring what Simple Church (a.k.a. Organic Church, House Church, Micro Church, etc.) is. Defining what “Simple” Church is can be very complex. But Tom, Gavin and Matt are going to give it a try.
Tom, Gavin and Matt discuss leadership in the Simple Church. Who are the leaders? What are their qualifications? How are leaders chosen? What are their responsibilities? We explore some of these issues.