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Accessible, practical and inspiring vision of church and church leadership,
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This review is from: Deep and Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend (Kindle Edition)
OK, if you had started with 1500 commited people you would hope to develop a great church, but even given the difference in context between the US Bible Belt and a UK setting this is an inspiring and practical guide to how churches could be so much more accessible, welcoming and nurturing to a far wider range of people than is often the case. Andy Stanley shares the warts- 'n-all story of North Point Community Church - 'a church unchurched people love to attend' with really practical insights into how the church has set out to tap into the 'unchurched' market with remarkable success. Unsurprisingly, you may not agree with all he has done or all he advocates, and it certainly needs some reinterpretation for a UK situation, but nevertheless the purposes he outlines, the cultural issues he confronts and the fearless and unrelenting questions he asks will provoke and stimulate any church leader worth their salt. The tried and tested approaches which the author shares, together with his own learning journey, puts this manual into the 'must read' section of any church leader's book shelf (or E-reader). Use this book alongside the available web resources, be prepared to ask yourself and others the rigorous and tough questions Stanley poses and, just maybe, you will find many of the tools you need to achieve purposeful, effective leadership and the kind of change which is both deep and wide.