ANDY STANLEY DEEP & WIDE Review

 

Our friend Brandon Cox wrote a great review of Andy Stanley’s New Book Deep & Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love To Attend.  Andy’s church North Point Community Church has long been a big model for many churches and pastors around the country, and his this latest offering Andy promised to tip his hand and show readers just what went into the creation of North Point.

 

And according to Mr. Cox, he didn’t disappoint.  “A little over a year ago, Angie and I started planting Grace Hills Church in northwest Arkansas, and one of our biggest hopes is that it’s a church that unchurched people love to attend. So Andy Stanley’s newest book, Deep & Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attendcaught my attention. I pre-ordered it and devoured it once it arrived. I found the book to be both deep . . . and wide.”

 

Andy opens with his parent’s high profile divorce and the subsequent church split of his father’s church First Baptist Church Of Atlanta, where Andy served on staff for 10 years. He also goes on to list the 5 questions every church needs to ask:

  • Are we moving or simply meeting?
     
  • Are we making a measurable difference in our local communities or simply conducting services?
     
  • Are we organized around a mission or are we organized around an antiquated ministry model inherited from a previous generation?
     
  • Are we allocating resources as if Jesus is the hope of the world or are the squeaky wheels of church culture driving our budgeting decisions?
     
  • Are we ekklesia or have we settled for kirche?

 

The Five Faith Catalysts God Uses To Grow Our Faith:

  • Practical Teaching
  • Private Disciplines
  • Personal Ministry
  • Providential Relationships

    Pivotal Circumstances

 

According to another reviewer Jill Waltz: Stanley warns leaders, “Time in erodes awareness”.  He challenges pastors to view their churches through the eyes of an un-churched person.  He doesn’t stop there.  He shows pastors how to implement change in a church steeped in tradition and how to transform a congregation from an “about us” to an about the un-churched.

If you want to lead a church that is both deep and wide, Cox concludes, that draws people far from God and challenges God’s people to deeper discipleship, Andy’s book is a must-read.

 
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