Nearly 2,000 years ago, Jesus started a movement that has grown like wildfire throughout the past 20 centuries. Author and pastor Andy Stanley brings to life from Scripture and over 25 years of pastoral experience the irresistible nature of this movement known as the Church.
Stanley identifies some of the key decisions and strategies that helped the church begin by the power of the Holy Spirit many centuries ago and continues to flourish today. He tells many stories of how God is working today to continue the movement of the church through the examples of North Point Community Church in Atlanta, GA.
If you want to know how you can create a movement in your local community that can impact the entire world, Stanley points the way to create irresistible leadership, irresistible environments and an irresistible culture with in your church.
©2012 Andy Stanley (P)2012 Zondervan
Having heard Andy Stanley speak it is a little awkward listening to Tom Parks.
Yes, Andy Stanley is a good writer.
Have Andy Stanley read the book.
I liked hearing how Stanley arrived at God's will for his life, how he related how he, his wife, and his church went through to arrive at a place that is bringing glory to God and leading many people into a growing relationship with Jesus.
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I laughed, I cried, I thought deeply.
I wish Andy Stanley had read the book because I kept having to translate his voice into the story.
Andy's insights into church structure are brilliant. While his model of doing church is not for everyone, this process to discovering/deciding the model is for anyone. It's a must read for any church leader.
This book would serve as a great resource for any church leader. In general, there are many life lessens to take away from this book. As with most books, there will be parts that may not be applicable to everyone's situation. However, you will not regret the time spent listening. This, like many good books, was compelling to the point that I subsquently bought the print copy so that I could go back and study it in depth! Enjoy.
This guy is a genius and I love his heart for people. I especially enjoyed the stories about the relationship with his father and all of the ups and downs they experienced.
It is a very easy listen. Nice to be able to listen in the car.
Andy challenges our norms and is comfortable if we don't want to go there. But he lets us know the consequences.
I found the audible version to be a convenient way to go through the book and have additionally picked up a print version that is helpful for referencing and reviewing areas. While I can bookmark areas on the audible copy, it gets difficult to see charts and other appendices right away. I listen on my phone while I drive.
The book is a personal look at ministry and methods and listening to it brings that personal touch to the experience.
I was in tears at the end when Andy shared a story of the work of a teenage volunteer leader in a younger child's life because of similar experiences. I took it to our children's ministry leader right away and said "you are having an impact. Keep it up."
Yesterday was discussing the book with a lay leader at another church and she said it was the most moving book she's read in a very long time.
Andy Stanley lets us see behind the scenes what happens when you try to do great things for God. He talks with candor about the hard stuff as well as the good stuff. And he does so in a manner that is easy to understand in a challenging and engaging. One of the finest books on church life and development that I know of written with candor and refreshing honesty.
I have both and found that listening and reading them together gave me maximum impact, a chance to stop and absorb some material and highlight some passages for further review or discussion with others..
Casting off old steroetypes that inhibit growth and leadership opportunities for newer believers and practical approaches to analyzing what is and isn't working now.
Andy Stanley himself as he relates his story.
It caused much thought about what and how I think about effectivly communicating the love of God to today's society.
Very highly recommended for anyone hoping to make a positiv difference in today's world.
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