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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.
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on 22 November 2009
This book is like all Driscoll books easy to understand but never cheap or not accurate. Theology for the people, just like Paul or James. He explains everything in detail without being boring and he uses straight talk just like we are used to it from the Bible. Not a book for liberal theologians or people that know already what they want to hear. I really enjoyed it and recommend this and all his books and audio material.
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on 20 April 2009
Vintage Church is written in Mark's usual forthright style, and is a great tool for any church to use in evaluating it's own philosophy (and how it got there in the first place!) towards leadership, preaching, church discipline, membership, mission, and anything and everything else important in the ministry of a local church. Mark knows what he thinks about such things, and whilst you might not agree with all his conclusions and applications, this book would be of invaluable service to any church member or leader who loves the church and longs for it to be more faithful and effective.
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on 14 March 2011
If you're looking for a self-complacent, politically correct book that says exactly what you want to hear.... look elsewhere. This is so full of truths (some of them hard to swallow). Love it.
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on 26 February 2010
Driscoll has a wonderful gift of cutting through all the nonsense, and slapping us in the face with the word, excellent all Pastor's should read this!!
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on 24 July 2014
This is a book I have read again and again because it is that kind of book for church leaders!
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on 11 July 2009
Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods (RE: Lit: Vintage Jesus)
Really fast delivery and the item was in great condition-I didnt have any troubles at all with this seller and would reccommend that others use them as well. Many thanks!
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