Just finished reading Deep & Wide by Andy Stanley – easily one of the best books for church leaders of this generation. I loved the candid discussions about the history of North Point Ministries and then a full disclosure about the how and why they do what they do at their church. It was incredible getting an inside look into their values, the vagueness of leadership and blessing that God has given to that church. Couple things really stood out to me:
- A couple times I immediately bristled at what he wrote – then Andy promptly called me out for it in the next sentence. Loved it.
- They don’t have it all figured out, which is true of everyone but refreshing to hear!
- As a leader, Andy constantly stands in the tension of going where the Bible goes and stopping where it doesn’t. Not afraid to tell the truth, not afraid to back away from things we have turned into “truth”
- The church being a movement … that is an exciting way to see it. Not a building, not people, but a movement.
The books feels like another important book for the church to process as we unapologetically seek and to save the lost. I want to create the type of church!