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“It is completely false that churches must sacrifice quality to get quantity, must artificially choose between evangelism or discipleship, or cannot have depth and growth at the same time. Few prove this fact better than the ministry of Andy Stanley who has grown North Point Church on purpose and with passion. No Christian leader can afford to miss this book.”
Rick Warren, Pastor, Saddleback Church
“The most common question I get from pastors is, ‘How do I get the people in my church to be open to change?’ From now on my answer will be, ‘Read Deep and Wide by Andy Stanley’. Thanks Andy. Great book!”
- Craig Groeschel, Pastor, LifeChurch.TV
With surprising candor and transparency pastor Andy Stanley explains how one of America’s largest churches began with a high-profile divorce and a church split.
Deep and Wide provides church leaders with an in-depth look into North Point Community Church and its strategy for creating churches unchurched people absolutely love to attend. Andy writes, “Our goal is to create weekend experiences so compelling and helpful that even the most skeptical individuals in our community would walk away with every intention of returning the following week…with a friend!”
Later he says, “I want people to fall in love with the Author of Scripture. And while we can’t make anyone fall in love, we can certainly arrange a date.”
For the first time, Andy explains his strategy for preaching and programming to “dual audiences”: mature believers and cynical unbelievers. He argues that preaching to dual audiences doesn’t require communicators to “dumb down” the content. According to Stanley, it’s all in the approach.
You’ll be introduced to North Point’s spiritual formation model: The Five Faith Catalysts. Leaders responsible for ministry programing and production will no doubt love Andy’s discussion of the three essential ingredients for creating irresistible environments. For pastors willing to tackle the challenge of transitioning a local congregation, Andy includes a section entitled: Becoming Deep and Wide.
If your team is more concerned with who you are reaching than who you are keeping, Deep and Wide will be more than a book you read; it will be a resource you come back to over and over!
“Couldn’t be prouder of my son, Andy. And I couldn’t be more excited about the content of this book. I wish a resource like this existed when I was starting out in ministry.”
- Dr. Charles Stanley, Founder, In Touch Ministries
“Deep and Wide pulls back the curtain for all of us to see what is required behind the scenes to build a prevailing church. I was both challenged and inspired by this book.”
- Bill Hybels, author of Just Walk Across the Room
“No one has given me more practical handles for establishing a focused vision than Andy Stanley. Deep and Wide is a rich resource to help all of us stay intentional about the main thing – building a church that reaches people who are far from God.”
- Steven Furtick, Lead Pastor, Elevation Church
This video interview with Brandon and Jen Hatmaker was shot last month at a Catalyst Conference event. I loved watching this interview for a number of reasons. Here’s a quick list:
- Brandon and Jen are real. I’m always inspired by ministry leaders when their marriage seems normal and their commitment to each other is genuine. When I meet couples like this it makes me want to love my wife better. Know what I mean? (Like when you see that couple in their 70′s who are the first ones to arrive at church events so they can serve people together, enjoying one another’s company the whole time. Those types of couples are energizing and the Hatmakers seem to be that way.)
- They talk about starting Austin New Church without pulling any punches. I’ve met enough church planters to know that starting a new ministry is a harrowing experience. I appreciated the Hatmaker’s candid comments about going through that experience and seeing how God blessed them.
- I loved this comment from Brandon, “God can take care of the homeless guy better than I can.” And this comment from Jen, “[We had] an inflated sense of importance when it came to the people we were loving and serving.” It makes me think that so many of my perspectives on “serving the least” are off-base.