This is the book I've been wanting Jared Wilson to write for years. I read "The Prodigal Church" a couple of times. But it was more of a "what not to do" book. It was a critique of the attractional model of church ministry. This book is a positive sequel of a more biblical alternative to the attractional model. It is the "Deep and Wide" for the gospel-centered movement.
This may also be Jared's most well-written book. Jared is a fantastic writer no matter the subject. And in this book his gift really shines. While the book is laid out by subject that is typical of most church ministry books, a story of the fictional LifePoint church is interwoven throughout each chapter. The story really makes the topics discussed in each chapter come to life while not making me cringe for seeming phony.
I don't agree with everything in the book. My journey has taken me from the attractional church world to the missional gospel-centered church world to now the more confessional Reformed church world (I'm still Baptist though). Therefore, I'm not as convinced as Jared when he starts getting into missional church language or even his use of Johnathan Edwards' works when it comes to measuring church health. But I get where he's coming from and agree with 90% of what he says. And I find it all very helpful when thinking about how we do church.
I commend this book to anyone at any level of church ministry.
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins - US (24 May 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 031057787X
- ISBN-13: 978-0310577874
- Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.2 x 22.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 331 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)