Andy Stanley’s Deep and Wide has as its self-confessed aim the task of making ‘your church more appealing to the people who are put off by all the shenanigans that give church…a bad name.’ It’s organised into five sections:
- Stanley’s own story of starting a church (North Point)
- a Biblical justification for North Point’s approach to church
- a spiritual formation model (the deep part)
- planning for irresistible worship environments (the wide part)
- how to lead a local church through change towards the deep and wide paradigm.
Whilst I didn’t find all that much which was new here (indeed, some of it forms part of a previously-published audio series by Stanley on the church!), I did find the writing engaging and there were some valuable things to think about as a result of my reading.
I received a free e-copy of this book from NetGalley in return for a fair review.