Can offer pastoral care in a way that leverages Eastside’s strategy, culture, language and values.


Each person will have a working knowledge of Eastside’s strategic mission and will be able to successfully use its terminology when sharing with others as well as actively embracing Eastside’s values.


  • Assignment 1 // Listen to Simon Sinek Ted Talk on “How Great leaders Inspire Action”, and then answer the questions.
  • Assignment 2 // Click on Eastside’s Home Page and browse its website to answer questions and to immerse yourself with the terminology Eastside uses.
  • Assignment 3 // Read some excerpts from ”Simple Church” by Thom Rainer & Eric Geiger and answer the questions.




  1. What is the Golden Circle?
  2. After listening to this Ted Talk what were some impactful takeaways that are applicable to you? Why?
  3. What is the difference between leaders and those who lead?
  4. Though correct terminology is important, what do you believe is vital in order for your organization’s terminology to be successfully used by you?


Click on Eastside’s Home Page and browse its Website to answer the questions below and to immerse yourself with the terminology Eastside uses. (Note: The words you use when assisting others should reflect Eastside’s DNA and you may need to unlearn some “church language, values and culture” you use from past church experiences.)


  1. Under the ABOUT tab, what is Eastside’s vision? Memorize this because it fuels everything we do.

  2. Under the BELIEFS tab, what questions or concerns do you have about what we believe?

  3. Under the STORIES tab pick 2 stories. What did each communicate about

  4. What Eastside locations do we have? A phrase we use many times is “One church, many locations.” What are we conveying with that phrase?

  5. Under the CONNECT tab read about Next Steps. You have attended this so you know it is an experience not a class and that we are all about helping people take their next step. Next Steps is what you point everyone to. It is where the DNA of Eastside is quickly discovered. What did you discover or enjoy about your experience in Next Steps that you could share with someone who needs to jump into Next Steps? According to the web site what is the focus of week 1? Week 2? Week 3? Week 4?

  6. Under the SMALL GROUPS tab, what is the phrase we use to describe what Small Groups are all about? “__________ friends, _________ Jesus , and ____________ a _____________.” What kind of small groups do we offer? What could you share with someone about your small group experience that would encourage them to check out Small Groups?

  7. Under the VOLUNTEER tab, what is the term we use for volunteers? Everyone has been SHAPE’d by God to serve in some way and it could be the answer for why a person is going through what they are going through. NEXT STEPS and our Change Makers can help a person discover their SHAPE (Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, Experiences.) so they can become a Change Maker. What have you experience in your Change Maker journey that would be helpful to share with someone who needs to jump into Next Steps.

  8. Under the COMPASSION tab, click on SERVE LOCALLY. What are the 3 categories that we focus on? Did you notice that we partner with others and we don’t create Eastside ministries? Why do you think we do that? Click on any story. What did it convey about Eastside? Share an experience you have had serving locally and the impact it had on you.

  9. Under the SERVE GLOBALLY tab what does Eastside focus on? Did you know that 15 cents of every dollar that is given to Eastside goes to local and global compassion efforts outside of Eastside? Notice the wording we use, “compassion cause”, “global or compassion partners”, “beyond borders”... What wording don’t you see? Click on any global story. What does it convey about Eastside? How has Compassion here at Eastside influenced you?


Defining a Simple Church

A simple church is a congregation designed around a straight-forward and strategic process that moves people through the stages of spiritual growth. This definition has some weight to it. Let’s walk through the definition one phrase at a time.

The church is designed. It is not carelessly thrown together. It is not haphazardly planned. The ministry does more than “just happen.” It is a thought-out. It is structured. It is designed with care.

Also, it is designed around…

The design of the church is centered on something. The programs and ministries revolve around something. They are just not plugged into the church calendar and brochure. Everything is designed around something. And that something is not a nebulous abstract concept. The design for discipleship in a simple church revolves around the process.

A simple church is designed around a straightforward and strategic process.

The process is straightforward. It is not confusing; it is easy to grasp. The leaders know it, and people understand it. The process is intentionally kept simple. It is not lengthened. It does not change every few months.

The church sticks to simple the process. Complexity is not welcome. More programs are not added to the process. The church rejects the multitude of new programs and models offered to it.

Since the process is the how, it is also strategic. The process is tied to the purpose or vision of the church. The two are closely knitted. The process is built for execution, to impact people. It is designed to be sequential so that people may move through the process.

The process moves people…

The simple and strategic process promotes movement. The process flows logically. People are attracted to Christ and the church and then are moved to points of attachment. The programs are used as tools to promote this movement. And the movement though the straightforward and strategic process has an intentional and intended end result…

The process moves people through the stages of spiritual growth.

The goal is to partner with God to move people through the stages of spiritual growth. Changed lives are the bottom line, the intended end result. Christ formed in people is the goal.


Alignment is the arrangement of all ministries and staff around the same simple process. Alignment to the process means that all ministry departments submit and attach themselves to the same overarching process. Alignment ensures the entire church body is moving in the same direction, and in the same manner.

When a church is fully aligned, all ministries are operating from the same ministry blueprint. The ministries not only embrace the simple process, but they are engaged in it. Each ministry department mirrors the process in that particular area.

Without alignment, the church can be a multitude of sub-ministries. In this case each ministry has its own leaders who are only passionate about their specific ministry. They rarely identify with the entire church but are deeply committed to their own philosophy of ministry.

In a church that lacks alignment, everyone is competing for the same space, resources, volunteers, and time on the calendar. In a church that lacks alignment, it does not feel like one body. It feels more like a building that houses a wide variety of ministries.

All Churches naturally drift from alignment.


Focus is the commitment to abandon everything that falls outside of the simple ministry process. Focus most often means saying “no.” Focus requires saying “yes” to the best and “no” to everything else… It takes deep conviction and guts.

Focus does not make church leaders popular.


  1. How do you see Eastside fitting this simple church model?

  2. What is Eastside’s simple process?

  3. When you compare a complex church experience with a simple church experience how would you explain to someone the advantages of what we do?

  4. One of my favorite answers to someone who wanted us to have a VBS is that we determined that using our resources, time and talent for a VBS every weekend at Kidside rather than one week in the summer was best for everyone. How would you lovingly share a simple church answer to someone who wants a single ministry? A men’s or women’s ministry? A prison ministry?

  5. What impact has Eastside’s simple church model had on you? How does it impact those around you?

  6. How specifically does a simple church model impact pastoral care?

LEADERSHIP TAKEAWAY (To be completed during group discussion)