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About the Author
Gordon MacDonald has been a pastor and author for more than fifty years. He serves as Chancellor at Denver Seminary, as editor-at-large for Leadership Journal, and as a speaker at leadership conferences around the world. His books includeBuilding Below the Waterline, Who Stole My Church, A Resilient Life, and Ordering Your Private World. Gordon and his wife, Gail, live in New Hampshire.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- Publication Date : January 11, 2010
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- Print Length : 271 pages
- Publisher : Thomas Nelson; Reprint Edition (January 11, 2010)
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The book opens with the failure of an agenda item that by all rights should have passed with flying colors. Blind-sided by the over-reactions of people he had been pastoring for three years and thought he knew, he decided some further communication should be undertaken. There had been a lot of outward changes in this church over the years, not all of his doing: hymnbooks were passe’, the organ was gone, PowerPoint presentations during the sermons were common, pews had been replaced with individual chairs, people didn’t dress up for church as much, and small groups replaced Sunday School classes. His purpose as a pastor was stated in chapter 1: “Most important, I was committed to pointing the church toward the outside world and getting it to see that the real action was what happened, not on Sunday in the church building, but between Sundays in the home, in the marketplace, in the school” (Loc. 276).
But, tension between the generations had reached a tipping point. An informational meeting was set up, and fifteen stalwarts of the church showed up. Complaints are flying thick and fast, but to Pastor MacDonald’s credit, his character listens and wants to understand their point of view. The title of the book is taken from a comment made by a widow, “Who stole my church?” which is the way she feels. The rest of the book explores how change occurs from church history, and from biblical examples. Each generation must find a way to reach the next one.
The church was transformed because the people began to understand and see that the Gospel message and the Word of God, and Christ do not change, but the method of delivery has changed from the early church onward. Along the way, they learn more about each other, and become a core group that seeks to support and mentor the younger generation, and reach the lost all around them.
I enjoyed this read, posted on Goodreads also. Had a hard time putting it down. Every church body of believers is different, but it was heartening to see explanations for how people perceive and deal with change as a process. He references a book, The Diffusion of Innovation by Roberts about the Toshiba Corporation to illustrate the percentage of people in a group who are innovators (2.5%); early adopters (key people who are trusted) (13:5%); early majority (those who talk it out and come around) (34%), late majority, (those who are skeptical and want to see results first),(34%), and laggards (never changers). Our church has a wonderful visionary gifted in leadership as pastor, but this book helped me understand that change is normal, and things ever stay the same EXCEPT the gospel message and the Word of God.
I catorgically disagree with his main thesis that the church (mainly those over 50 years of age) must just get over it in regard to the wholesale abandonment of hymns, choirs, traditional communion, and the implementation of slick worship bands, praise songs, and Power Point-driven messages. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit have not changed. Nor has their approach to humanity. The rush to modernize is characterized by the youth-obsession of American culture. He advocates an approach very similar to the "seeker-sensitive" churches like Willow Creek.
You must read between the lines to catch where he is going in this tale. I was very angry at his assumptions and his conclusions. I was left with the feeling that he is regecting the previous generation with their wants and needs over the next generation. Once again, hating tradition and anything to do with it.
Beware the backlash! There is a growing community of those identified by "Christianity Today" as "Young, radical, and reformed." They like the traditions.