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Deep and Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend Hardcover – September 18, 2012
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About the Author
Communicator, author, and pastor Andy Stanley founded Atlanta-based North Point Ministries in 1995. Today, NPM consists of six churches in the Atlanta area and a network of 30 churches around the globe that collectively serve nearly 70,000 people weekly.
As host of Your Move with Andy Stanley, which delivers over five million messages each month through television and podcasts, and author of more than 20 books, including The New Rules for Love, Sex & Dating; Ask It; How to Be Rich; Deep & Wide; Visioneering; and Next Generation Leader, he is considered one of the most influential pastors in America.
Andy and his wife, Sandra, have three grown children and live near Atlanta.
Top Customer Reviews
Deep And Wide is unapologetic about the fact that one of the most important ways that people become Christians is that they are invited to church by a friend or family member, and then they are confronted with God (usually over time, often over years) and are changed because of that confrontation. Deep and Wide is both Andy's story and the story of North Point.
If you want to hear about how Andy felt called to start a church (it really was the result of being pushed into it and problems with the church he was previously working at), or you want to find out why North Point is so focused on its children's ministries, or why Andy believes that one point sermons that are not primarily exegetical (but primarily are focused on an application) are the right way to preach, then you need to read this book.
This book is not for everyone. If you are at a church and you do not want to invite anyone to come to your church (I have been a member and the chair of the deacons at a church that I did not want anyone else to come to, so I know the feeling) then you may not want to read this book. On the other hand, if you really believe that the church should exist in order to point people to Christ, then this book is for you.
I do not think the book is perfect. I really wish Andy had re-written the section about church history. He does what most evangelicals do and points to the early church, mentions Constantine and then skips to the Reformation and again skips to modern US.Read more ›
Andy Stanley's Deep and Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend is part memoir and part instruction manual on how to create churches for those outside the church. Deep and Wide is divided into five sections, "My Story" is Stanley's personal background, "Our Story," is the story of the planting of North Point Community Church in 1995 "Going Deep," covers North Points' spiritual formation technique "Going Wide,"is about how North Point structures its programming for outreaching and "Becoming Deep and Wide," is about helping churches to transition to the type of church Stanley advocates. My thoughts on what Deep and Wide gets right and what it gets wrong are detailed below.
What Deep and Wide gets right:
In section One, "My Story," Andy Stanley shares his experience as a kid with a famous preacher for a father (Charles Stanley, for those who don't know), his time as a youth pastor working for Charles Stanley, his father's divorce and all the strife it caused between Andy and Charles as well as Charles and his church.Given that Andy Stanley and his father Charles Stanley are both famous preachers, the transparency in these stories is to be commended. Recounting a story about Charles coming over for dinner Andy writes,
By the time the night was over, we were standing in my driveway yelling at each other like a couple of middle-school girls. Meanwhile, we were getting up every Sunday in front of our respective congregations acting like everything was fine (p. 40).
Stanley begins his book by telling how God has used the broken situations of his life to lead him to where he is now and he doesn't attempt to whitewash his past.Read more ›
Those who tend to disagree and disapprove of Stanley's approach will, no doubt, pick apart the ideas presented with simple sound bites removed from their context. Perhaps they do this to intimidate those who have yet to read the book in an effort to keep them from reading it and to justify their own lack of effectiveness of leading people into a relationship with Christ. I've found that when I disagree with someone the best thing to do is to take my thumb and first two fingers and then stroke them over my chin while saying "Humm." I've found that I learn more that way than just rejecting what challenges my opinions and approaches.
The ideas and principles Stanley presents have the potential to sharpen your own approach to reaching people far from God ... and deepen people who are already walking with God. Especially helpful was his explanation of their approach to discipleship (pp. 101-149).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must read for those who are on mission for those around you. For those of influence within your local churches. For those who our led to be difference makers.Published 6 days ago by Randy Roller
It's a little harder to read than the last book I read. Couldn't read by deadline.Published 16 days ago by Desiree Caravalho
Amazing resource for those sensing the call of God to Plant a church!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book is challenging and an invitation to become an innovator. I will be using this book as one of my guide books for my churches movement and my leaders spiritual formation... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Les
Great book. Great writer. Continued using Andy'a material for Bible Study after reading this book.Published 1 month ago by Ralph
Very interesting take on how to grow a church in today's society.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of the best books on church growth that I have read. Lots of thought provoking questions every Christian should be asking themselves and their church. Read morePublished 2 months ago by lorrhans
This book made you think about not only what you are doing, but why are you doing it.Published 2 months ago by Brian Burkey