Hi Eric --
I'm Dena Brehm, in Dallas, Oregon, wife of Mark, mother to multitudes, and neighbor of Paul and Lori Byerly. It's nice to meet you!
Simple Church is lovely, isn't it? I gobbled it up about 3 years ago, when we were fresh to this phase of our journey (& passed it on, as I'm supposed to, so I don't have a copy to re-read!).
From what you've said, if I'm reading you right, you're in an institutional church (IC) which is wanting to move into a house church network...? I'm not an expert on that specific transition, but that never stopped me from diving in and schmoozing a bit about it. (where's the "smilies" here? I need a winking face!)
Our particular path didn't allow for that ... we got catapulted out of an IC without an option, and left reeling. We stumbled upon house church through a series of God-incidental events. We opened up our home, and the people came, and we (thinking we were so free and agenda-less) set up meetings that had a lot more agenda and form than we realized...! But, we were no match for God, and He took over (because we wanted Him to), and it gradually became less of a 'meeting' and more of an extended family gathering ... now we just get together because we love each other, and we share whatever God is showing us, and He, being in the details, blesses us to become a blessing to each other. When folks come to visit, after sitting around and schmoozing a while, they often will say, "so, when are we getting started?" We laugh -- when did we ever quit? We're always the Church, being the Church, always in His Presence, always in His Kingdom. It's not a thing to start or stop, but a way of life. And sometimes we express it together.
I do know this -- the transition from IC to SC will likely be a bit messy, and that's ok. God seems to love to work in what appears to be messes -- to Him, He sees the order, the process, the unfolding goodness that comes out of the raw material of our messes. We see chaos and He sees possibility. We see crap, and He sees fertile soil.
When we're in the middle of a paradigm-shift, when our worldview is being shaken and transformed, there's a lot of defragmentation and deconstruction -- almost more UN-learning than learning going on. It's not about right or wrong, as if there's only one way to do it, but about seeking unity with one another, regardless of whether there's group-unanimity.
If each one suspends the way they think it *should* go, and trusts God to work it out, it will happen. Therein lies the struggle, however, as we humans seem to prefer clinging to rules, rather than to Relationship. Rules feel safe -- relationships feel risky. And, they are. When we get vulnerable with one another, we get hurt. And yet, there's no relationship apart from vulnerability.
Only Papa-God knows the way it needs to work out for your particular group, including for each particular person in your group. And, the really cool thing is that He won't waste a thing -- He can and will use every part
Who wrote that book? If it is Thom S. Rainer and Eric Geiger, I don't believe it is using the term in the same way that this site does. Rainer and Geiger are talking about simplifying the discipleship methods of the IC, not a move to being organic.