Here is the simple outline from the message Simplicity part 2
No Bells Or Whistles
Pastor Steve Lummer
A zeal for your house consumes me Psalm 69:9 niv
A SIMPLE FELLOWSHIP HAS
Clarity – Movement – Alignment – Focus.
Clarity is the ability of the process to be communicated and understood by the people. Before the process can be clear to the people in the church, it must first be clear to the leaders. A lack of clarity ultimately leads to confusion and complexity because there is no coherent direction.
Movement is the sequential steps in the process that cause people to move to greater areas of commitment. Movement is about flow. Movement is the most difficult simple church element to understand. Assimilation effectiveness is more important than programmatic effectiveness.
Alignment is the arrangement of all ministries and staff around the same simple process. Alignment ensures the entire church body is moving in the direction, and in the same manner. In a church that lacks alignment, everyone is competing for the same space, resources, volunteers, and time on the calendar. All churches naturally drift away from alignment. Without alignment, complexity is certain.
Focus is the commitment to abandon everything that falls outside of the simple ministry process. Focus is the most difficult element to implement. Focus is the element that gives power and energy to clarity, movement, and alignment. In many churches the original tools for life change have created too much clutter. Instead of uniting, they divide focus. The programs have become ends in themselves.
In a museum at Greenfield Village, Detroit, Michigan, there is a huge steam locomotive. Beside this complicated piece of machinery is a sign showing boiler pressure, size and number of wheels, horsepower, lengths, weight and more. The bottom line indicates that 96% of the power generated was used to move the locomotive and only 4% was left to pull the load. Some churches are like that.
1. Gladness not Sadness
Psalm 122:1 I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.”
2. Focus not Frustration.
Philippians 3:13 – But one thing I do
3. Simplicity not Complexity.
And I will give them singleness of heart… Ezekiel 11:19
And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Acts 2:46 kjv
4. Eliminate not Accumulate .
Hebrews 12:1 let us strip off every weight that slows us down