This is a refreshing book, as it's about church growth in England. Also, it has a great title that plays on 'good to go' (an expression I didn't know til the last year or so - I understand it's Northern).
I love the way the chapters track growth from 2-300, from 300 to 500, and then from 500 to a thousand. You may not need to know, at this stage (if you're a church leader in England), that you will hit quite a ceiling when you're trying to grow from 250 to the next level. I would have quite liked to know, Steve, how to grow from 60 people, or from 20!
But quibbles aside, this is a funny, engaging, inspiring, very honest and driven book. I don't reckon you need to be interested in church growth to read it. It is the best book on the subject I have read so far (and yes I have read Wagner). It has given me several tips and helps that I am using now in our church that seem to be doing the job, put it that way.
I am not a New Frontiers man, but I recognise that they get a lot of things right when it comes to church growth. They are great at branding and building confidence in people. Unless you have a good infrastructure, you can't fulfil the commission in this country of GOING and reaching out to the poor. When your church has grown, you can fund hostels for the homeless; you can have programmes for drug addicts; you can sponsor academies and plant other churches. You can yield to God and allow his truth to be preached to hundreds every Sunday, and individuals in home groups. What's not to like? We are called to grow, and Tibbert has shared some vital information with us.