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Going Deep: Becoming a Person of Influence
Thomas Nelson / 2011 / Paperback
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Revisiting the fictional congregation of his best-selling Who Stole My Church? Pastor Gordon faces a new dilemma! His church knows how to get people to visit and even make a personal commitment to Jesus---but it doesn't know how to cultivate spiritually deep disciples. Is the future of their community at risk? 272 pages, softcover from Nelson.
Jump into the Deep End
What is a deep person? If youd like to become one, would you know how? Would you like to help others become deep? If so, you have come to the right place.
In this fascinating book, best-selling author Gordon MacDonald discovers that his small New England church could be headed for trouble. Why? Because of a serious shortage. There are plenty of good people, well-meaning people, sincere peoplebut not enough deep people.
In his celebrated and engaging style, Gordon transports you back to the fictional setting from his critically acclaimed book, Who Stole My Church? He identifies the crucial missing component in his community: people of true depth, people of real influence. And he offers unforgettable insights on how to cultivate spiritual maturity and exhibit life-altering faith.
As it turns out in Gordons townand probably yourswhats needed is people who are willing to seek Christ passionately with a hunger to go deep. This may be exactly what youve been looking for.
Gordon MacDonald has been a pastor and author for more than forty years. A former chairman of World Relief, he presently serves as editor-at-large for Leadership Journal. His most recent books include Who Stole My Church, A Resilient Life, and Ordering Your Private World. MacDonald can often be found hiking the mountains of New England or Switzerland with his wife, Gail, or their five grandchildren. Hometown: Belmont, New Hampshire
The future of the Christian faith will not be determined by the number of people who fill the pews but by the spiritual depth of those people.
Pastor Gordon MacDonald revisits the fictional New England congregation of his critically acclaimed book Who Stole My Church? to deal with a new dilemma: What's his church's story? What is it doing that justifies its existence? The importance of these questions is anything but fiction.
Through a series of e-mails and discussions with friends and parishioners, Pastor Gordon's search for their story leads him to realize that the future of the Christian faith, and thus the church, is at risk. As MacDonald says, "We seem to know how to get unchurched people to visit our buildings. We even seem to know how to draw them across the line into a declaration of personal faith in Jesus. But what we do not seem to know is how to cultivate spiritually deep people. Tomorrow's church could be headed for trouble."
Deep people. People who possess spiritual awareness and maturity, people with solid, grounded, life-altering faith. MacDonald shows that the church needs people with a passion for God's presence and a desperate hunger to seek him above all things.
Join Pastor MacDonald and his congregation on their quest to cultivate spiritual depth and grow into a community of believers whose hearts and minds are truly focused on God.
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