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5.0 out of 5 stars Church, get your head out of the sand!, December 30, 2005
This review is from: The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church (Hardcover)
If you are a church leader with your head in the sand, ignoring the postmodern revolution in our culture, or unwilling to change methods to communicate the message, you will not like Reggie McNeal. He will jerk you up by the neck and shout in your face to wake up and smell the coffee.

This book is frightening for church leaders to read, but it is also highly motivating. The man knows what he is talking about, and we had better listen!

So what is he talking about? He tries to get church leaders to understand that the modern culture is gone, the postmodern culture is here, and the church is quickly losing the next generation (although the generation is still interested in spiritual things). McNeal says that by asking how we can build a better church we are asking the wrong questions. The traditional church will continue to decline and even disappear, but the movement of Christ will survive and even thrive.

McNeal urges Christians to shift from building the local church to extending the kingdom, to shift from wearing out church workers with church work to releasing them to infiltrate the culture with the gospel, to shift from "Bible study" to "spiritual formation" by applying the Bible to real life, to shift from planning to preparation, and to dare to train bold new leaders.

I read this book quickly, in about two days. I want to go back and read over it again and again. This is a book to give to all of your church leadership team and have them read it and discuss it together-- you can be sure it will be a lively discussion that could revolutionize your church.

On a personal note, I spent a day with Reggie McNeal and about two dozen pastors at a conference in Springfield, Georgia, and I found him to be just as stimulating and passionate in person. I was sharing with him about how we were running out of space for Sunday School classes, and he urged me that instead of thinking about building more classrooms, to have classes meet in local restaurants and garages and let the people's faith spill out and influence the unchurched people they will meet who come into the businesses on Sunday. He definitely thinks outside of the box.
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