He keeps saying we did this and we did that, but does not seem to give credence to what the Holy Spirit is doing through them. Sounds like a man made system for church. He also states in the book that unless you agree to have your testimony video recorded and played in church they will not baptize you. Wow Really.
Very disappointed, I was surprised at the lack of scripture references, some of the few used are taken out of context, and I was even more surprised at how some of the content actually CONTRADICTS The Bible!!! So again, i would not recommend! However i would encourage everyone that when reading any book, by any author, that you pray for a discerning spirit. Let God be true, and every man a liar.
This book is not about theology, but strategy. Essential theology never changes but strategy always changes over time. This book is about strategies to reach the unchurched. If you care about reaching those who do not know Christ or are not part of a Christian community, then you need to read this book. The first section of the book reviews Andy's familial background, but the rest of the book is what you really want to read.
I honestly feel like this is a must read for certain people in ministry. It isn't going to be for everyone and that's understandable, but if you're a pastor or minister who is unsatisfied with what YOU have been doing, much like I was, then this book may just change your like AND ministry around. I am so joyed that a pastor friend of mine bought me this, one of the greatest gifts I've ever received. Andy does a very good job of explaining why we hide behind so many silly excuses in ministry when we aren't experiencing a "THRIVING" congregation. He exposed quite a few of my own silly hiding places and I'm thrilled that he did. We often get the Adam syndrome, and when we are ashamed of what's going on in our ministry we jump in a bush and hide instead of run and scream trying to get in God's presence. I'm not sure I would take his every thought and idea, seeing how Atlanta isn't a small town like I live in, but through the Holy Spirit of God, this advice will come alive for you and you will see how Jesus would love to have you implement these strategies in the local Church He's planted you in. Read and be blessed.
Deep & Wide is a very worthwhile read for every church in my opinion. Andy Stanley brings to light some of the most obvious elements of a Churches worship service and building/grounds that turn away visitors. While I think that most of the concepts are worthwhile things to consider, occasionally Andy suggests certain things that I felt were far from what Church is about. At times this model even feels like selling Jesus as a product that has been packaged to carefully not offend anyone at all, when in truth Christ never did this to himself. That aside though, Andy does challenge Church leadership to take a careful look at their service and building from the view of a visitor and consider how they can appear more inviting.