Join a Simple Church

A Simple Church is a community of Christ followers who come together in various ways, whether in person or online, whether in groups, in triads, or in pairs, to uplift one another in the faith and journey together in Christ. Unlike Small Groups, Simple Churches welcome a broader participation, ranging from twenty to forty individuals, including children. With a simple structure, they're easy to organize, requiring minimal planning and logistics. Their gatherings are adaptable, allowing for flexible scheduling and various meeting spots. Teaching and learning can occur synchronously or asynchronously. Worship and spontaneous prayer flow naturally, guided by the Holy Spirit and the community's needs. It's all about relationships—like gathering for coffee or sharing meals in homes or anywhere else. Essentially, Simple Churches embody grace-filled spaces where genuine connections are forged, and God's presence is experienced in the most organic ways.

How to Start a Simple Church

Those who are already part of Core Teams (i.e. current Facilitators, Coordinators, and Active Workers) can start a Simple Church. They can transition their Small Group into a Simple Church or start from scratch. The initial members of the Simple Church may come from their Small Group or from other Small Groups. From this core, they can invite others to join. The steps for starting a Simple Church are as follows: S - Start with prayer I - Invite people to a watch party M - Meet again in various ways P - Provide individual pastoral care L - Love one another E - Encourage them to start a Simple Church

Frequently Asked Questions About Simple Churches

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Those who are already part of Core Teams (i.e. current Facilitators, Coordinators, and Active Workers) can start a Simple Church. They can transition their Small Group into a Simple Church or start from scratch. The initial members of the Simple Church may come from their Small Group or from other Small Groups. From this core, they can invite others to join. The steps for starting a Simple Church are as follows: S - Start with prayer I - Invite people to a watch party M - Meet again in various ways P - Provide individual pastoral care L - Love one another E - Encourage them to start a Simple Church

It's simple. Just look at the List of Simple Churches. Know the details and then just attend. If you need help, just reach out to our Support Team using the link below. We'll be glad to assist you.

Of course not! Joining a Simple Church is free for all. Our desire is to help you experience real life in Christ together with others. This is why we have Simple Churches so that people can have access to various places of grace regardless of their situation in life, location, or time zone.

A Small Group is composed of 5 to 8 people, sometimes more, but not more than 10 ideally. The goal is for spiritual friendships or companionship to develop over time. A Simple Church, on the other hand, is a larger group, i.e., a medium-sized community. The goal is to experience the body of Christ on a bigger scale but not as big as a congregation. So, it's up to you, if you want to be part of both. But they fulfill different purposes. Both of them, however, are considered places of grace in RLCC.

Those who are already part of Core Teams (i.e. current Facilitators, Coordinators, and Active Workers) can start a Simple Church. They can transition their Small Group into a Simple Church or start from scratch. The initial members of the Simple Church may come from their Small Group or from other Small Groups. From this core, they can invite others to join. The steps for starting a Simple Church are as follows: S - Start with prayer I - Invite people to a watch party M - Meet again in various ways P - Provide individual pastoral care L - Love one another E - Encourage others to start their own Simple Churches

As a place of grace, the Simple Church has open membership. Anyone can be part of it and anyone can leave if they like. Therefore, there is no problem if someone cannot attend regularly. It would be good if one can participate regularly, but this is not required. Those who attend must do so voluntarily because they believe it will be helpful to them spiritually. It is, after all, a place of grace.

A Simple Church can have more than 10 people. But it cannot and should not become too large because it will become too complicated. The goal is to remain simple. Usually, the typical size would be about 20 to 40 people. Even if there are many members, for as long as it is simple to plan and execute, it will still be called a Simple Church. Later, if the Lord leads, it can transition to a Startup Church (i.e., an initial Church Plant) and then later it can transition into a Sattellite Church.

A member of the Pastoral Staff will be assigned to supervise a Simple Church. He or she will see to it that the Simple Church is functioning well and that the Core Group who is leading it are also doing well both spiritually and in terms of their ministry. In other words, he or she will always come alongside to help them and the Simple Church to succeed.

No one will be forced to do anything they don't want to do. Even the spiritual practice of giving is not required to join a Simple Church. Although we encourage everyone to grow in the grace of giving, it is not mandatory. Giving is by faith and is intended to help us grow in our trust in God who richly provides everything for our enjoyment and also to help us to minister to others. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Therefore, no one will be forced to do anything that they don't want to do.

A Simple Church is open to everyone and anyone. However, in case a person is a committed member of another local church, it would be better if they will ask permission first from their pastor, especially if that is required. We respect the authority of pastors to shepherd their own people. We do not believe in "sheep stealing" and we will never practice it.

A watch party is a simple gathering to eat together, watch or listen to a short message or talk, share with one another, and pray together. It can be done one time or for several times (perhaps monthly) depending on the willingness of people to attend or participate. Once it becomes a regular meeting, it becomes a Simple Church. The food and drinks may be sponsored by someone or it may be through donations. The best way to start a Simple Church is to start a Watch Party.

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