When did many of today's churches become so "horizontal"---where reaching people became a greater concern than worshiping God? In this transformational resource, MacDonald challenges pastors, ministry leaders, and disciples to go "vertical" in their approach to Sunday services and embrace the truth that the church is only about the glory of God revealed in Christ.
Unabridged audio CD; approximately 8 hours; 7 CDs.
An emergency call, and I rush from my coziness into the dark community where the police have requested a chaplain. Arriving in minutes, I find the family imploding with grief having just discovered their son hanging in the garage. In a moment of unshakable pain, he jumped off the ladder and into eternity. And I will never shake the look in their eyes when I asked why he hadn't called a church. "Why would he do that?" Across town, a pool of tears on my kitchen table as an out of town guest feels the weight of his infidelity, despairing that his famished soul finds no refuge and that he has to board a plane to feel fellowship. "Has your church tried to help you?" And the Christian leader confesses he hasn't been to church in years. Infighting, backbiting, heartbreaking, frustrating ... church.
Though exceptions do exist, the reality is that church in America is failing one life at a time. Somewhere between pathetically predictable and shamefully entertaining, sadly sentimental and rarely authentic, church has become worst of all ... godless.
Vertical Church points to a new day where God is the seeker, and we are the ones found. In Vertical Church God shows up, and that changes everything. If you want to experience God as you never have before and witness His hand at work, if you want to wake up to the first thought, "Thank God it's Sunday," if you're ready to feel your heart beat faster as you drive to your place of worship ... then devour and digest the lessons of Vertical Church.
"I didn't just read this book - I savored it. It's packed with great content that every pastor, whether a rookie or a veteran, will benefit from. I'm so grateful my friend James Macdonald invested the time to help us all because it is a message of hope for every church." - Rick Warren