- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan (May 27, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310275016
- ISBN-13: 978-0310275015
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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No Perfect People Allowed: Creating a Come-as-You-Are Culture in the Church Paperback – May 27, 2007
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How do we live out the message of Jesus in today's ever-changing culture? The church is facing its greatest challenge---and its greatest opportunity---in our postmodern, post-Christian world. God is drawing thousands of spiritually curious 'imperfect people' to become his church---but how are we doing at welcoming them? No Perfect People Allowed shows you how to deconstruct the five main barriers standing between emerging generations and your church by creating the right culture. From inspiring stories of real people once far from God, to practical ideas that can be applied by any local church, this book offers a refreshing vision of the potential and power of the Body of Christ to transform lives today. 'We now are living in a post-Christian America---and that means we must be rethinking ministry through a missionary mindset. What makes this book both unique and extremely helpful is that it is filled with real-life stories of post-Christian people becoming followers of Jesus---not just statistics or data about them.' Dan Kimball, Author, The Emerging Church '. . . John's 'get it' factor with people, lost or found, is something to behold! Reading this book filled me with optimism regarding the next generation of pastors and faith communities . . . ' Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church No Perfect People Allowed is a timely and necessary word for church leaders in a post Christian culture. John Burke serves up quite a tasty meal full of the rich nutrients that will strengthen the Body of Christ. Randy Frazee, Senior Pastor, Pantego Bible Church; Author, The Connecting Church and Making Room for Life
About the Author
John Burke and his wife, Kathy, founded Gateway Church in Austin, Texas, in 1998. Since then, Gateway has grown to over 3,000 people, 70 percent of whom are in their twenties and thirties, and consists mostly of unchurched people who began actively following Christ at Gateway. Burke is also the author of No Perfect People Allowed: Creating a Come-as-You-Are Culture in the Church.
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Top Customer Reviews
After reading the book I was just amazed. First, I found the book's ideas about the struggles we all have with brokenness and aloneness deeply affecting and moving. As I read these chapters at 30,000 feet I was profoundly struck with mine and my generation's deepest needs from a faith and what it might mean to us. Second, I can't think of a single book that gets more "right" about what young people in our multi-cultural, hyper-tolerant society see and need in a Christian community. Week in and week out I see the situations and lessons played out in the campus ministry I actively advise and Burkes' perspectives and "talking points" have been tremedously helpful to me.
One thing that I found very refreshing about the book is that Burke doesn't (at least in my opinion) shy away from difficult topics or leave out important theological considerations. In fact, his discussion of the theology of the trinity is one of the best I've read for explaining (if such a term can be used for the mystery of the trinity) how God can be one God and three persons.
If you are interested in the intersection of "Church" and "Culture" and how some of the issues have been addresses and worked through I would recommend this book. If you are attempting to reach those who are identified as being part of the last two generations I would say that this book might be one of the most informative and helpful books you can read. Thanks to John Burke for sharing his experiences and acquired wisdom with those of us who are trying to reach the same people in search of an authentic community.
The book looks at doing Church in a post-modern context from the perspective of what people of this generation struggle with.
Burke's Church then uses these things as a bridge to the Gospel. I was glad to see that Burke didn't go soft on the Gospel. The tag line of the book is creating a come as you are culture in your church. Burke mentions that people often miss the other part of that tagline - Come as you are....but don't stay that way. The Gospel is the power of God for salvation, sanctification and transformation. It is what this generation and this world needs desperately to be healed.
No matter what your background or how your Church is going at the moment you can and will benefit from this book. Highly recommended reading.
We all have a spiritual journey, weather it is to follow Christ or some religion outside of Christianity.
This is not your father's religion!!! I think that it is important to realize that what we may have become comfortable with throughout our years of being a Christ follower turns many away from the church.... and many of us that have been believers for more than a decade need to realize that what we may experience in our fellowship is not the ONLY way to follow Christ or reveal Christ to the world...
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