Having come to Christ later in life, it always puzzled me how some 'church folk' could be involved in countless church programs and committees and yet not evince many (or any) of the fruit-bearing qualities or disciplines which Paul, John and the other early-church Biblical authors describe and exhort plainly, over and over again. In 'Trellis... Vine', one gets fresh insights into not only the dynamics of this pervasive disease (including how it is grinding-up many earnest, God-seeking pastors) but also into practical, step-by-step solutions to begin moving beyond it. The simple premise of the book (a sober step back from the edge of some radically flat, 'organic' models that fall short on issues like authority and right doctrine) is easy to understand: disciples make disciples and that requires (gasp) actual life-on-life pastoring (sometimes messy) by an ever-expanding team of committed leaders. Highly recommended for pastors, congregations or individuals who, reading Acts and the Epistles realize there must be more than what the modern church in the West has been able to accomplish through programs.
This is an easy read, yet still offering a wonderful and practical view for what service could and should look like. At the core of our faith is our one-on-one relationship with Christ, the author demonstrates how we can conform ourselves in the image of Christ by equipping others to fulfill the great commission by walking along them, teaching, serving and equipping them for lives that can glorify God. I found the book to be a blessing and would recommend it to anyone.
Very challenging!!! This book thrusts your mind from thinking about church programs and events, to loving and discipling people!! Fresh perspective on the Great commission. I highly recommend this book.