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on 13 June 2010
I highly recommend this book.
Mark Driscoll combines his experience of planting churches and good scriptural scholarship to produce a manual for church leaders in the 21st Century. There are other books like it, but this is different in two ways.
Firstly, there are interesting sections on the use of technology and multi-campus churches. Driscoll has apparently managed to build something akin to a mega-church well away from the Bible-belt which has not compromised on theology or fallen for `seeker-friendly' methods.
Secondly, he sets high standards for both leaders and members. Driscoll is likeable, yet he doesn't suffer fools or countenance compromise gladly. The section on church discipline is worth the price of the book on its own. It is almost completely absent, or poorly practiced in the UK and as a result, sin and scandal is ruining scores of churches. I would like to copy this chapter and send it to every pastor and trainee minister in the country.
My only slight disappointment was the chapter on evangelism - or the `missional church' - a term I find irritating. The focus on repentance and on going outside the walls of the church are good, but in my view, he focuses too much on being culturally relevant instead of simply preaching the gospel. He talks about going into shopping malls and discussing with shop staff what people buy and talk about instead of.... sharing the gospel. I think he needs to take some hints on evangelism from Ray Comfort & co. at Living Waters.
I really liked the sections on leadership and preaching as well. Churches are notoriously poor in these areas and we urgently need to raise our game. These sections should challenge you.
It is a very helpful book and every leader should find most of the sections helpful and challenging.