Communicating for A Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication (North Point Resources) Hardcover – 1 Jun 2006
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About the Author
Andy Stanley is a pastor, communicator, author, and the founder of North Point Ministries, Inc. (NPM). Since its inception in 1995, North Point Ministries has grown from one campus to three in the Atlanta area, and has helped plant fourteen strategic partner churches throughout the United States. Each Sunday, over 20,000 adults attend worship services at one of NPM's three campuses, North Point Community Church, Browns Bridge Community Church, and Buckhead Church. Andy's books include It Came From Within; Communicating for a Change; Making Vision Stick; Visioneering; Next Generation Leader and most recently The Grace of God. Andy lives in Alpharetta, Georgia, with his wife, Sandra, and their three children Lane Jones is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, where he lives with his wife, Traci, and their three children, Jared, Caitlin, and Madison. He coauthored 7 Practices of Effective Ministry and Communicating for a Changewith Andy Stanley and Reggie Joiner, and is the executive director of membership development at North Point Community Church, where he loves to write and participate in the creative process. Lane holds degrees from Georgia State University and Dallas Theological Seminary.
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The first half is a narrative, mostly between a frustrated, bored preacher, Ray, who doesn't know how to break out of the rut, and a retired trucker, Will, who preached at every rest stop over his working life. The conversation between the two men is at times tense as old habits and assumptions are challenged. At other times you see the light bulb coming on as our preacher, Ray, sees that he needs to tell a story to his congregation, preaching to see a change in people's lives, not just to impart information.
The second half of the book is Andy Stanley's explanation of the seven imperatives/principles which Ray learns about from Will.
Simply put this book will make you want to get out there and preach. Really. It is stirring, exciting, challenging and motivating.
Do we want to pass on information or see lives changed? If it's the latter read this book. You will not only not regret buying it, you will buy some for your friends. I've bought two for my friends already. First class book.
It is, as they say, a book of two halves. But that is also part of the problem. The first half is in the form of a fictional narrative, written by Lane Jones, of a disillusioned and frustrated preacher who is given communicating coaching by, believe it or not, Willy Graham, a preacher and retired trucker, but the whole concept is so far-fetched and implausible as to get you into the second half of the book in an already deeply sceptical frame of mind.
In the second half, Andy Lane unpacks Willy Graham’s seven imperatives for effective communication, none of which I would argue with and all of which, in different ways, I have taught in my homiletics classes. However, the problem for me is that Lane conveys them almost as if he has discovered something new and that if only every preacher followed his system, there wouldn’t be a problem with preaching.
There are some underlying flaws in everything Lane writes. First, there’s a lightness, a weightlessness, in his whole view of preaching. He talks of preachers being “performers”, of the need for turning sermons into storytelling, and there’s a complete absence of the solemn and weighty responsibility that the preacher has in handling the inspired Scriptures. Lane’s view of preaching is a far cry from the Old Testament prophet or the New Testament herald. His imaginary friend, Willy Graham, gives this advice, “You need to carry on a conversation with your people.Read more ›
Listening to what Andy had to say about preaching made so much sense and was supported by examples and successes he had experienced.
I'd recommend to anyone who preaches in church and wants to see lives transformed by God through the teaching of His word.
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Really engaging and thought provoking. I've put the tips into practice and it has really helped with preparing sermons, and hopefully help those listening tooPublished 8 months ago by Mouse
Totally revolutionised how I preach! Incredibly easy and insightful. If you read one book on how to communicate then this is it!Published 10 months ago by Donald-inho
This book is spot on and brings life to the whole idea of communicating.
There is a science to communicating and one gets to know its a privilege to be listened to.
A must read for anyone serious about good, clear communication. ... Especially vicars, pastors and those in Christian ministry <><Published 14 months ago by Gary
This book brings a totally different approach to preaching which is all about changed lives! I am looking forward to putting it into practise!Published on 22 July 2014 by Vicky
Brilliant book, clearly written, easily understood and inspirationalPublished on 11 July 2014 by victoria jones
This is a great book, with lots of helpful ideas, of how to become an effective communicator. I wish more people would read and apply it.Published on 9 May 2014 by Ruth Harris
I loved this book. Fresh and powerful insight into a massive topic. Definitely gave me lots to think about and apply.Published on 28 Mar. 2014 by k-Harding
This is different to the majority of books on preaching involving a captivating story that gets your attention and the message across as well as practical instruction. Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2013 by R. Burgess