This is an excellent book for all of us who are fifty and above and are struggling with all the changes taking place in our churches. Gordon McDonald does an excellent job, in a clever way, of helping us process all these changes and put it all in perspective. Seeing the larger picture, in light of history and through God's eyes is very helpful. I have recommended this book to many of my friends.
Who Stole My Church was insightful. As a younger pastor, it helped me to see what the builder generation is experiencing as the church goes through cataclysmic change. I was impressed that MacDonald made the point that change is inevitable and necessary. This book helped me understand that the inevitable changes need to be brought about with consideration, patience, and humility. MacDonald tells a great story that keeps the reader interested and excited.
Character types and generational differences are well laid out, as the need for the church to stay relevant to the lost, younger generation is exposed. Jesus expected us to be one body reaching out to the lost.
A thought-provoking introduction to the issues facing many churches in the present cultural climate. The fictional approach makes it easy to read and identify with. Should not be read as a "how-to manual" for "re-inventing" a church, but rather as a guide to the kinds of questions that need to be asked. (A church may be able to "turn its face toward the younger generation" without fully embracing the sort of contemporary model that the church in the book does.) I wish there had been more about how younger church members can propose needed changes while still respecting the traditions and history of a congregation and maintaining continuity with its past - perhaps another book is in order. Read in conjunction with "unChristian" for a fuller understanding of why the changes advocated by this book are important.
Very good book. So much like our churches of today who are having difficulty accepting the change. I would recommend this book to anyone. Easy to read and the examples are easy to see and to understand.