The Cheesecake Factory: A menu so exhaustive and thick it requires a binder to contain it all. Countless entrees available. Some love the glut of choices while others find it overwhelming and confusing.
Speaking of overwhelming and confusing, Jesus asks us to keep His Church simple. He said that everything He wants us to do can be summed up in two commands—love our God and love our neighbor. A simple menu for simple church. What does this mean for us at Pearce?
The vision of our preferred future is to look, live, and love like Jesus. How will we do this? Our mission to help us live out this vision is to be and make disciples of Jesus that love God and neighbor.
And what are our strategies to live out this vision and mission? Unlike the Cheesecake Factory that tries to offer something for everyone, we want to be obedient to Jesus and keep church simple. To do that, we limit our focus to three basic “menu items” if you will: worship, community, and service.
As a part of our disciple-making strategy, we invite family, friends, and neighbors to join us in worship—gathering together in worship every weekend as well as a lifestyle of worship each and every day.
As a part of our disciple-making strategy, we invite family, friends, and neighbors to join us in community—gathering together in Journey Groups, whether a small group meeting in a home or coffee shop during the week, or in a Sunday class.
As a part of our disciple-making strategy, we invite family, friends, and neighbors to join us in service—gathering together to serve one another, as well as our world, locally and globally.
Worship, community, and service. The most difficult part of keeping church simple is that we have to say “No” to a lot of good ministries so that we can stay focused and say “Yes” to those things that help us make disciples through worship, community, and service.
Too many churches settle for the busyness of trying to offer something for everyone and end up woefully lacking in their calling to make disciples. But this challenge isn’t new. God gave His People Ten Commandments. Over time, the church “improved” this with a list of 614 commandments. Jesus came and said it could all be reduced to two: love our God and love our neighbor.
“Father, help us to keep the path to the cross clear by keeping church as simple as You designed it to be. Help us not to give in to the self-imposed pressure of trying to please everyone. Help us to focus on pleasing you. We want to change our world, one heart and home at a time, as we together learn to better look, live, and love like Jesus. For this purpose, help us to make disciples of Jesus that love God and neighbor. We humbly ask you to bless our simple church as we live out this vision and mission through worship, community, and service! Amen.”