Back in June, Rik Maxedon, pastor of
Reggie states that this book was written to help church leaders by giving us ways of starting conversations that might lead us out of church captivity and into the adventure that we anticipated, that is the true mission of God and the abundant life that it produces.
Who is this book not for? It is not for those who are content with the way things are. It is not for those just hanging on to their church jobs because they don’t know what else to do. Nobody wants to admit that this describes them, but it describes more of us that we would like to admit.
McNeal challenges several assumptions that are found typically among church leaders:
- If you build the perfect church (they way we normally think about church), they will come.
- Growing your church will automatically make a difference in the community.
- Developing better church members will result in greater evangelism.
- The church needs more workers (for church work).
- Church involvement results in discipleship.
- Better planning will get you where you want to go (in terms of missional effectiveness.)
McNeal targets three groups of church leaders that he wants to help with this book:
Congregational leaders who get it and are growing restless for something to happen that only God can get credit for.
Pastors and staff leaders who already share the ideas he presents but need help in converting their leadership constellation.
Emerging leaders, both clergy and lay, who are going to give leadership to the church in the emerging world.
This is not a “how-to” book, as in, these are the five steps to lead your church to greater growth or the six steps to greater effectiveness. He will repeat questions that church leaders are asking and then he will pose questions that we all should be asking.