Pastor and author Andy Stanley’s primary interest is in establishing and creating churches that the unchurched will attend and invite their friends to attend. The Christian church, says pastor and author Andy Stanley, needs to be “characterized by deep roots and wide reaches . . . [be] theologically sound and culturally relevant . . . [and] bold in . . . proclamation and winsome in . . . approach.” The process that Stanley has used to create a “deep and wide” church for the unchurched is explained in this resource. Among other topics, Stanley offers preaching hints and techniques, a spiritual formation model, and how to transition an established congregation into an attractive place for the unchurched. Christian churches who desire to reach the unchurched will find Stanely’s combination of personal story and church growth strategy compelling, and perhaps as compelling as Stanley wants churches to be for the unchurched.
Reviewed by Janet Hoover