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About Us

Who we are, where we come from, and where we're headed.

Meet the Simple Church Family

Who we are

Simple Church is a movement that connects people into life-changing relationships with Jesus and each other through deliberately simple, conversational-style churches.

Where we come from

At the start of 2014 seven people met to pray about starting a new way of being the church - a church that focused on connecting with each other in meaningful and authentic relationships. On Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, 50 other people joined us for the first service of Simple Church at the Event Center West in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Where we're headed

We believed God was leading us to be an authentic, relational, and yet outreaching church which would be a network of Jesus followers gathering together to encourage each other in our spiritual lives and then going out, moved by the Holy Spirit, to share and demonstrate the Gospel. Our model was, and is, the New Testament Church found in Acts 2:42-47.

We seek to live out this model is by always meeting around round tables, always renting or leasing facilities, practicing servant-leadership, caring for the needs of everyone in our local church and ultimately have campuses throughout West Des Moines, Des Moines, and the surrounding areas.

We care more about changed lives than church membership, community than activity, belonging than just attending, and reaching a hurting world than just growing a big church.

Our prayer, for Simple Church, is that God will help us always be a place that exists for the sole purposes of loving God, loving others and serving our world. That’s all God wants us to do. We believe people are hungry to know God in a personal way, be part of real relationships where people know & love each other and believe they belong and find God’s purpose for their lives.

What this means for you

What does this mean for you? Most importantly, you're always welcome at Simple Church. We're saving a seat for you. Wherever you're at in your faith journey, you'll always be accepted as part of the Simple Church family.

Beyond that, if you're ready to plan your first visit, click here. If you want to learn more about our beliefs as a church, click here. Or if you'd simply like to get in touch with a person on our ministry team directly, click the button below.

I have always been very skeptical of churches. I grew up around people who were religious and extremely judgmental. I did not want to walk into a church and feel as if I had to prove my worth. Simple Church felt like home from the very first step I made into the church. I was welcomed and treated as if I had been there my entire life. - Angie C.