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Can We Do That: 24 Innovative Practices That Will Change the Way You Do Church Hardcover – January 1, 2002
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About the Author
Andy Stanley, like his father, Charles Stanley, carries on a tradition of excellence in ministry. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and the founding pastor of North Point Community Church, Andy serves as keynote speaker for the Big Stuf Student Camps in Panama City, Florida, each summer. He is the author of Like a Rock, Visioneering, The Seven Checkpoints: Student Journal, and The Seven Checkpoints: Youth Ministry.
Ed Young is the founding and senior pastor of Fellowship Church, Grapevine, Texas. Known for its creativity and innovation, the church has more than 13,000 in weekend attendance. Ed is the author of Fatal Distractions, The Ulti-Mate, and 4 Keeps: Keeping Creativity in Your Marriage. He received his master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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For me, the most interesting aspect of the book is the way it's written. In each chapter, both Stanley and Young give you their perspective and philosophy on the topic and while sometimes they agree, many others they don't. So not only are you getting information from two extremely successful pastors - but in many cases, you're getting two very different perspectives on the same topic.
At the end of the day, I suspect that most pastors or church leadership won't be able to use everything they read in this book at their particular church. But there is enough stuff in here that the book is certainly worth the price and time.
One word of caution, this book is for pastors and if introduced to a local church should be introduced by the pastor, or at least with the pastor's approval. The ideas are eclectic enough that I foresee the possibility of a group of laity reading a collection of such books and randomly branching out in all directions at the same time. Ministry needs continuity, as this book highlights.
The book is broken down into 4 sections. Section #1 contains 7 suggestions on reaching out to the unchurched. My favorite example from this section is the idea to video tape testimonies for use during baptismal services. Section #2 has 7 ideas on how to minister to persons who come in your doors. This section introduces the highly successful Kidstuf program. Section #3 has 4 ideas for leadership. The idea to begin staff meetings with personal ministry stories from staff members was beneficial to me. Section # 4 rounds out the quartet with 6 ideas on preaching. The discipline of watching yourself preach on tape each week was challenging and I am sure will sharpen my communication skills. Those are only 4 of the 24. Get the book and find out what works for you.
I also liked the independence of Ed Young and Andy Stanley. They do not agree with each other on every point and plainly say so and why. This gives a broader approach. This is a highly pragmatic and useful book.