The Simple Church Collective began in 2019 as a traditional church startup led by Luis and Melissa Sánchez. As the world changed in the midst of COVID-19 Luis and Melissa began to wrestle with the question, "What is church in it's most basic form?"
By the summer of 2020 Luis and Melissa were convinced that Biblically faithful churches in their most basic expressions are communities that worship Jesus, provide places of belonging and continue Jesus' mission on earth. We call churches that embrace this "irreducible minimum", Simple Churches. Simple Churches are Jesus-centered communities on mission. Through this quest the original vision had changed, but the original mission, "Love God. Love People. Make Disciples. Keep it Simple." had remained.
In the Winter of 2021 the Simple Church Collective, a network of Jesus-Followers making disciples in the Greater Seattle Area was born. We are grateful that you are here and can't wait to hear your story too. Want to start or join a Simple Church? Go here.
To develop a network of
Jesus-Followers that make disciples
in the Greater Seattle Area
Keep it simple.
Jesus at the center.
The Simple Church Collective Discipleship Roadmap:
The 30,000 Foot View of How The Simple Church Collective Makes Disciples
Beginning with multiplication in mind we start with prayer, fasting, and serving our neighbors in tangible ways. In prayer, we ask God for tangible ways to practice our B.L.E.S.S. rhythms. Then, as the Spirit leads we look to introduce others in our neighborhoods/network of relationships to Jesus and the gospel more intentionally through materials and tools like Alpha, Discovery Bible Studies, and Gospel Fluency.
From there, as people begin to walk with Jesus more closely our prayer is that they are rooted in one of our spiritual families/communities while continuing to learn more about themselves through a period of self-discovery; growing in the knowledge of who they are, their calling and the uniqueness of how God has made them. All of this helps each of us to discern how Jesus has uniquely shaped us for His mission.
Healthy things multiply, disciples multiply disciples, leaders multiply leaders and Simple Churches multiply Simple Churches. Over time, as people in a spiritual community are regularly gathering to engage our four irreducible minimums (Worship, Community, Mission, and Leadership Development) and can identify whom they’re called to reach as a spiritual family, a new Simple Church and its leaders will emerge.
It’s important to mention that this isn’t at all linear and that the work of prayer, service, and growing in self-awareness never stops. Disciple-making can be slow and sometimes messy, but we don't do it alone.
Ricardo Rivera Worship | Simple Church Leader
Kira Rivera Worship | Simple Church Leader
Melissa Sanchez Ministry Coordinator
Steve Edin Finance
Scott Calentine Church Planting Resident
Luis Sanchez Director
There is one God, who is infinitely perfect, existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 5:48, Matthew 28:19).
Jesus Christ is true God and true man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He died upon the cross, the just for the unjust, as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures. He is now at the right hand of the Majesty on high as our great High Priest. He will come again to establish His Kingdom of righteousness and peace (Philippians 2:6-11, Luke 1:36-38, 1 Peter 3:18, Hebrews 2:9, Romans 5:9, Acts 2:23-24, Hebrews 8:1, Matthew 26:64).
The Holy Spirit is a divine Person, sent to indwell, guide, teach, empower the believer, and convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment (John 14:15-18, John 16:13, Acts 1:8, John 16:7-11).
The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice (2 Peter 1:20-21, 2 Timothy 3:15-16).
Man was originally created in the image and likeness of God; he fell through disobedience, incurring thereby both physical and spiritual death. All men are born with a sinful nature, are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ. The portion of the impenitent and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment; and that of the believer, in everlasting joy and bliss (Genesis 1:27, Romans 3:23, 1 Corinthians 15:20-23, Revelation 21:8, Revelation 21:1-4).
Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all men; and those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God (Titus 3:4-7).
It is the will of God that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified wholly, being separated from sin and the world and fully dedicated to the will of God, thereby receiving power for holy living and effective service. This is both a crisis and a progressive experience wrought in the life of the believer subsequent to conversion (1 Thessalonians 5:23, Acts 1:8, Romans 6:1-14).
Provision is made in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ for the healing of the mortal body. Prayer for the sick and anointing with oil are taught in the Scriptures and are privileges for the Church in this present age (Matthew 8:16-17, James 5:13-16).
The Church consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, and are born again of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Head of the Body, the Church, which has been commissioned by Him to go into all the world as a witness, preaching the gospel to all nations. The local church is a Body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, for edification through the Word of God, for prayer, fellowship, the proclamation of the gospel, and observance of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Ephesians 1:22-23, Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 2:41-47).
There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life; for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment (1 Corinthians 15:20-23, John 5:28-29).
The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent and will be personal, visible, and premillennial. This is the believer’s Blessed Hope and is a vital truth which is an incentive to holy living and faithful service (Hebrews 10:37, Luke 21:27, Titus 2:11-14).