Our Story

How The Simple Church Got Started:

The Simple Church began after dreaming for 15 years of what church could and should be like! We felt God leading us to risk it and finally DO something in late 2006. With the blessing of our previous church and pastor, the SC launched with a group of 80 people. On June 10, 2007, we had our first preview service at the Boardwalk Regal Theater with 222 people attending. We had two more preview services over the summer and began meeting weekly on September 16, 2007. In the last 8 years, The Simple Church has grown from 80 people to nearly 5,000 people. The church launched with only 1 service...today 3 services are offered at the Shreveport Convention Center.


What The Simple Church Is All About:

We are all about loving God & loving people. We're imperfect people striving to become more Christ-like, not just on Sundays, but in the way we live our lives every day. We feel like God has positioned us to reach the unchurched & the dechurched in the Shreveport-Bossier area.



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Our Mission


THE SIMPLE CHURCH | REAL. SIMPLE. CHURCH.

Designated by the simplicity even in our name, The Simple Church exists for those of us who are tired of religion getting in the way of knowing who God is. We exist to make a place for all walks of life to come together for support, relationships, help, and most importantly, to answer questions about a God who loves us.


We have a very simple philosophy, love God and love people. We do not judge here. We “simply” say, come as you are. No more red tape to get to God. It’s simple here, because that is who we are…


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Our Strategy


Love God and Love People

Jesus replied, 'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the other commandments and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.' Matthew 22: 37-40


S - seeking the lost

I - investing in others

M - maturing in faith

P - practically meeting needs

L - loving God

E - encouraging life change



Our Beliefs

ABOUT GOD

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

Genesis 1:1,26,27, 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14


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ABOUT JESUS CHRIST

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin, hell and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.

Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14,15; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Romans 1:3,4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14,15; Titus 2:13


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ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.

2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galations 5:25; Ephesians 5:18


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ABOUT THE BIBLE

The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error.

2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5


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ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS

People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin”. This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life.

Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2


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ABOUT SALVATION

Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1  


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ABOUT ETERNAL SECURITY

Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security.

John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3-5


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ABOUT ETERNITY

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.

John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; 1 Cor. 2:7-9

FAQ's

WHAT TYPE OF CHURCH IS THE SIMPLE CHURCH?

The simple church is a contemporary, Biblical church communicating the Bible in a creative, compelling, and relevant way.


WHAT DOES THE SIMPLE CHURCH BELIEVE?

For a comprehensive answer including what we believe about God, Jesus, the Bible and more, check out OUR BELIEFS.


HOW DO I GET TO THE SIMPLE CHURCH?

Please see our LOCATIONS page for directions.


WHEN ARE YOUR SERVICES?

We have 1 campus every Sunday morning. The Shreveport Convention Center - 3 services: 9:00, 10:00, & 11:00am. 


WHAT TYPE OF ATTIRE CAN I EXPECT AT THE SIMPLE CHURCH?

SC is a "Come as you are" kind of church. You'll find a warm, casual and welcoming environment where an array of dress styles can be found. We want you to feel comfortable in whatever you choose to wear.


DO YOU HAVE SERVICES FOR MY CHILDREN?

Yes! We love kids and they are very important to us! if you have an infant to 5th grader, you'll be pleased to know we have one of the cleanest, safest kids' area you'll find anywhere in Shreveport-Bossier area.

We believe that children best learn spiritual truth in ways appropriate and relevant to their age and stage in life. We currently design creative, interactive services for age groups from birth through 5th Grade, simultaneous to our weekend services. Check out our MINISTRIES page for more info!!


IS THERE A PASTOR OR COUNSELOR I COULD TALK TO?

Whether you have a one-time need or are looking for ongoing counseling, SC is here to help. We always have a Pastor-On-Call available to advise and listen. We can also refer professional counselors if desired.

(click here for a list of preferred counselors). If you would like to talk with someone or schedule an appointment please call 318.752.2320. We would love to help!


DO YOU PROVIDE ACCOMODATIONS FOR THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS OR DISABILITIES DURING THE SERVICES? Handicapped seating is available in the convention center. For specific locations, please ask our greeters as you enter the auditorium.


HOW CAN I GET TO KNOW OTHER PEOPLE AT THE SIMPLE CHURCH?

While the simple church may look like a crowd at first glance, we're really a church of Small Groups. The best way to get to know others is to sign up for a Life Group. Check out the Life Group link for more information.