Less is more. And more is better. This is the new equation for church development, a new equation with eternal results.Rejecting the “bigger is better” model of the complex, corporate megachurch, church innovator Dave Browning embraced deliberate simplicity. The result was Christ the King Community Church, International (CTK), an expanding multisite community church that Outreach magazine named among America’s Fastest Growing Churches and America’s Most Innovative Churches. Members of the CTK network in a number of cities, countries, and continents are empowered for maximum impact by Browning’s “less is more” approach. In Deliberate Simplicity, Browning discusses the six elements of this streamlined model:• Minimality: Keep it simple• Intentionality: Keep it missional• Reality: Keep it real• Multility: Keep it cellular• Velocity: Keep it moving• Scalability: Keep it expandingAs part of the Leadership Network Innovation Series, Deliberate Simplicity is a guide for church leaders seeking new strategies for more effective ministry.
About the AuthorDave Browning is the founding pastor of Christ the King Community Church, International (CTK), an eight-year-old nondenominational church with locations in twelve states and seven countries. He is a graduate of Denver Baptist Bible College (BA), Northwest Baptist Seminary (MDiv), and has completed the course work for his doctorate of ministry through Northwest Graduate School. Dave lives in Burlington, Washington, with his wife and three children. Christ the King is one of the twenty-five most innovative churches in America on a recent Outreach magazine ranking.
Dave Browning’s message of Deliberate Simplicity has important implications for ministries of all sizes. Whether yours is a smaller multiple campus ministry like Christ The King, part of the house church movement, a mid-sized church, or even a so-called megachurch like the one I pastor; you’ll benefit greatly from this penetrating exposé of the dangers of complexity, excellence, over-caution, and the goofy idea that bigger is somehow always better. -- Larry Osborne
I've watched David's ministry now for several years and I'm convinced that what he is doing is one of the most powerful forms of church life I've ever seen. It's a testimony to the fact that size doesn't matter if the church has a God-sized mission. This book is not only worth reading but also keeping on your desk for guidance through a new paradigm of church. -- Bill Easum
As an artist, I learned long ago that less is more. I have devoted my life to simplifying the process of vital church life so that more people can do it and so that it can multiply to the ends of the earth. This book is a valuable contribution to the move toward lowering the bar on how church is done and raising the bar on what it means to be a follower of Christ. -- Neil Cole, Author
As the landscape of Christendom changes, most look for new methods, slick fixes, or new forms of church. In Deliberate Simplicity, you get something completely unexpected. Dave cuts through all the mess with practical ways to make church natural, simple, and effective. Regardless of the form or stage of your church, Deliberate Simplicity will save you time, money, and misery. -- Hugh Halter, Author
Einstein noted once that any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex, but that it takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage to boot -- to move in the opposite direction. Drawing deeply from the living witness of Christ the King Community Church, David does exactly that, and in the process gives us not only a highly informative text on a critical subject, but also an inspiring one. -- Alan Hirsch, Author