Monday, January 2, 2012

Deep People

This month, I received Going Deep by Gordon MacDonald.  The basic principle is that today's church leaders need to invest in creating disciples, or deep people, who will impact the church and become tomorrow's church leaders.  Following the rabbinical example that Christ set and applying some business principles, like an elevator story, a training plan and lots of meetings, Gordon tells a fictional account of how his church began to cultivate deep people in their church community over a two year period, from the birth of the idea to the actual completion of their first training program.
The book takes some patience to get into. It felt like it started kind of slow.  Maybe it was because I felt like I was missing something because I hadn't read his other book.  It also felt strange because I knew that he was presenting a real idea in a fictional way.  I never could figure out if he had actually put the type of mentoring that he portrays in the book into practice in real life or if this is just one way he imagines it working out. 
What I appreciated the most was that he made many references to the importance of seeking God's will through prayer and the direction and guidance of the Holy Spirit.  They didn't just pick people based on their status in the church or their relationship to board members.  He also made certain to involve his wife in the planning and leading process.
Overall, while this book wasn't what I expected, I appreciated the idea and the unique way in which it was presented. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.

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