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Can We Do That?: Innovative Practices That Wil Change the Way You Do Church Paperback – 1 Feb 2005

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The Book Is What It Says It Is . . . 1 Jun. 2006
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CAN WE DO THAT is a collection of 24 suggestions from Andy Stanley and Ed Young on how to do ministry. The value of the book will be determined by how many of the suggestions could be fit into the structures of the readers' local congregations. Of the 24 practices outlined 7 of them were worth further investigation in my particular congregational sitting at this time. I consider that worth the price of the book.

One word of caution, this book is for pastors and if introduced to a local church should be introduced by the pastor, or at least with the pastor's approval. The ideas are eclectic enough that I foresee the possibility of a group of laity reading a collection of such books and randomly branching out in all directions at the same time. Ministry needs continuity, as this book highlights.

The book is broken down into 4 sections. Section #1 contains 7 suggestions on reaching out to the unchurched. My favorite example from this section is the idea to video tape testimonies for use during baptismal services. Section #2 has 7 ideas on how to minister to persons who come in your doors. This section introduces the highly successful Kidstuf program. Section #3 has 4 ideas for leadership. The idea to begin staff meetings with personal ministry stories from staff members was beneficial to me. Section # 4 rounds out the quartet with 6 ideas on preaching. The discipline of watching yourself preach on tape each week was challenging and I am sure will sharpen my communication skills. Those are only 4 of the 24. Get the book and find out what works for you.

I also liked the independence of Ed Young and Andy Stanley. They do not agree with each other on every point and plainly say so and why. This gives a broader approach. This is a highly pragmatic and useful book.
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Could help - but be careful 22 Jan. 2003
By AlexForrest - Published on
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Andy Stanley and Ed Young both pastor mega-churches, so their advice should certainly be considered. I also believe that their hearts are right and I applaud their desire to see people come to Christ and be grounded in the church. That being said, their is a subtle danger laced throughout the book and it is the false assumption that whatever works is good. The ends justify most means. One cannot escape the pragmatism in this book. Pragmatism is fine if decisions are made within the proper biblical framework, but in this case that isn't always the case. In the end, this book fosters a consumer mentality towards the church that results in lots of breadth but not as much depth. There are good practical suggestions, but not much theology, which is sorely needed.
Looking for Ideas? This is it! 25 Oct. 2010
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Often times in church leadership one would find that there is a need for creativity and intentional planning but then the well of ideas would be dry. This book by the writers, Ed and Andy, can inspire any church leader to expand and help the ministry in their care. Its worth a read. This book may also help Sticky Church (Leadership Network Innovation Series)
A sneak peak at how things are done at two of America's most successful churches 23 Jun. 2014
By Watsondrums - Published on
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"Can We Do That" is a great book. It's co-authored by Ed Young and Andy Stanley. This is not a bible study. It's not an exploration of any deep Christian truths. Instead, this book offers you a peak behind the curtains of how things are done at two of the more successful churches in America. Stanley and Young talk about how they developed their church's ministry philosophy, how they instill it into their people, and how it effects everything their respective church does. They also go into some of the events they do to bring people into the church and about their approaches to keeping those visitors. Some of the ideas in the book would not work in our church and some would. Some of their ideas are brilliant, and others, not so much. But there is certainly enough good information in here to justify reading the book.
For me, the most interesting aspect of the book is the way it's written. In each chapter, both Stanley and Young give you their perspective and philosophy on the topic and while sometimes they agree, many others they don't. So not only are you getting information from two extremely successful pastors - but in many cases, you're getting two very different perspectives on the same topic.
At the end of the day, I suspect that most pastors or church leadership won't be able to use everything they read in this book at their particular church. But there is enough stuff in here that the book is certainly worth the price and time.
Highly Recommended 18 Oct. 2014
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Absolutely what I wanted and expected. Very professional service with timely delivery. Would Highly recommend!
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