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Unleashing the Church: Getting People Out of the Fortress and into Ministry Paperback – January 1, 1985


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Regal Books (January 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830710248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830710249
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 4.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Wynkoop on August 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
Frank Tillapaugh hit a home run with this book. First, he reasons that the church must abandon its fortress mentality and get its people actively involved in ministry to a hurting world. He severely criticizes the church, and rightly so, for its rural middle class mind-set and value system which prevents it from reaching those who need salvation the most. Despite the failure of the church to reach strategic populations, Tillapaugh does not give up on the church as an instrument that God has chosen to reach these population groups for Christ.
Although it's strength is in the fact that Tillapaugh is solidly sold on the church as the instrument God has ordained to win the world to Christ. I enjoyed his recommendation that the church not be shy about borrowing from the para-church organizations. Why, he reasons, should we reinvent the wheel? His advice that the church streamline its decision making process is worth the price of the book. Like Bill Hull's Can We Save the Evangelical Church, Tillapaugh sees the strangle hold that bureaucratic red tape has no the church. The slowness (like a mighty glacier moves the church of God!) adds to the public's perception that the church is out of date, and on top of that, it also discourages willing workers.
There were a few areas of weakness. Pastoring in a small rural church, I am acutely aware that rural churches are also in need of renewal. Although I realize that he is writing for an urban audience, the same rural traditions that are killing urban churches are strangling our rural churches. Since ninety percent of churches are rural, the church is in danger of extinction unless we can bring renewal to rural churches as well.
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Wonderful work! Looking at church differently from traditional to 21st century. Allowing the church to grow and transition as time changes.
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
FORTRESS MENTALITY CONSENTRATES UPON THE CHURCH BUILDING AND ALL OF ITS INTERNAL PROGRAMS INTENDED TO GET PEOPLE TO COME TO CHURCH. MOST PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH DO NOT FEEL CAPEABLE OF MINISTRING TO ANOTHER, AND THEY DEPEND UPON THE PASTOR TO DO ALL THE WORK OF MINISTRY. RURAL VALUES CLASH WITH URBAN. RURAL ATTITUDE IS STATUS QUO PREVAILS,AND NOT MUCH CHANGES FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION. IN THE URBAN AREAS. MANY CHANGES OCCUR,AND USUALLY THE POWER STRUCTURE AND MONEY IN CHURCHES ARE CONTROLLED BY THE FEW. THE FORTRESS MENTALITY, RESISTS DIVERSITY,THUS ONLY A CHOICE FEW GET TO MINISTER. THE UNLEASHED CHURCH MINISTERS TO ALL ELEMENTS OF SOCIETY. NEED FOR INTEGRATION OF PARA-CHURCH MINISTRIES INTO THE CHURCH TO WORK AS A TEAM FOR SAKE OF THOSE WHO ARE LOST AND NEEDING CHRIST'S MINISTRY. ALSO, THE UNLEASHED CHURCH NEEDS TO HELP THOSE IN VALUE VACUUMS. THE FORTRESS CHURCH HAS BEEN ON THE DEFENSIVE FOR TOO LONG. THE NEEDS OF SOCIETY ARE GREAT, AND THERE IS A NEED WITHIN THE CHURCH TO KEEP THE STRUCTURE SIMPLE,SO THAT REAL NEEDS DO NOT GET SWAMPED BY RED TAPE. PASTORS AND TEACHERS ARE TO TRAIN THE LAITY TO DO THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY(EPH.4:11--12) SPIRIT AND STRUCTURE MUST BE BALANCED. THE SPIRIT OF GOD MUST LEAD THE WAY,WITH STRUCTURE ENABLING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE MINISTRY. THE FORTRESS CHURCH WANTS TO KEEP ITS MINISTRY WITHIN THE CHURCH BUILDING,WHEREAS THE UNLEASHED CHURCH IS EAGER TO RELEASE ITS MINISTRY WHEREVER POSSIBLE SUCH AS RESTAURANTS ,HOMES, THEATRES ETC. THEY ARE GOOD VENUES FOR TARGET MINISTRY TO TEENS, ELDERLY OR SINGLES,OR STREETPEOPLE..MOST OF ALL,LOVE MUST PREVAIL,AND A SINCERE DESIRE TO MINISTER TO ALL LEVELS OF SOCIETY,AND BRING THE GOSPEL MESSAGE TO ALL.Read more ›
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Billy Jack on October 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
I've Read This Book A Few Times And It's A Great Read Except That It Doesn't Mesh With What Actually Happened. A Few Examples Of Ministries Unleashed Under Frank's Supervision Are Called Open Door Fellowship, Genesis Center And Jesus On Main Street- A Coffeehouse, All Of Which Were Run (If You Can Call It That), By Andy Cannon, Frank's Nephew. I Was Part Of All Of These Ministries.

Andy Cannon Has Written A Book Called, 'Loving The Broken', And I Have Written A Critique Of That Over On That Page.

Basically, The Inherent Weakness Of Frank's Unleashed Philosophy Is In A Parody I Wrote Called: 'Frank N Clown Presents: Invasion Of The Body Parts/Lurch Unleashed', Which Is Frankenstein In Reverse, And To The Tune, 'Monster Mash'. Here Are The Words:

New Lyrics:

The Body Worked Fine Originally.
We Can Rebuild Him, Like A Lurch Unleashed
Frank Said, It Can Reach More By Seperating.
Just Like A Dismembered Body

Chorus:

The Monster Laughed
His Arms Began To Thrash
Atomic Blast
Each Part Became Detached
And Needed Cash
So Each Could Make A Splash
Then They Dispatched
This Was Each Parts Big Chance.

From The Suburbs Each Scurried From The Graveyard Grounds
And Started Throwing Cliches All Around
A Body Unleashed In Error And Terrorrrr
With Arms Flying Through The Air

Chorus:

The Monster Laughed
His Arms Began To Thrash
Atomic Blast
Each Part Became Detached
And Needed Cash
So Each Could Make A Splash
Then They Dispatched
This Was Each Parts Big Chance.

After A Bad Night All Round
They Felt Like Big Frank N Clowns
Homeward For Fellowshipping
Time To Get Fooled Again.
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