Thursday, October 11, 2012

What I'm Reading - Deep & Wide

My Thoughts

Deep & Wide is a book about the heart of a pastor and the church he shepherds. Andy Stanley shares not only his journey as a pastor, but also insight and wisdom in how to create a church that reaches out to the unchurched.

"The Church is the local expression of the presence 
of Jesus. We are His body."
- Andy Stanley

These are the sections of the book and what he shares about in each one.

Section One - His personal story
Section Two - Biblical justification for approach to church
Section Three - Spiritual formation model
Section Four - Essential ingredients for irresistible environments
Section Five - Leading a local church through change

He also shares the North Point template for weekend services 
and details all the elements involved.

One of my favorite parts of the book is where he shares 
measurable ministry wins for children's ministry.


Primary Win: To make a first impression of the heavenly Father in such a way it makes a lasting impression on the heart of a child.
Measurable Wins:
Kids attend.
New kids connect.
Parents partner with us.
Volunteer leaders are retained.


Primary Win: To guide children to put their faith in Jesus and to teach them who God is and how He wants them to live.
Measurable Wins:
Kids attend.
Parents partner with us.
Kids take a next step.
Volunteer leaders are retained.

There is such a wealth of information contained in this book. I took pages and pages of notes. This is a book I highly recommend to everyone in ministry - both staff and volunteers.

You can purchase the book here:

About the Book

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. But that's just the beginning... 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.

About the Author

Andy Stanley is the founder of North Point Ministries, Inc. Each Sunday, more than 33,000 people attend one of NPM's seven Atlanta-area churches. In addition, NPM has planted over 25 churches outside the metro Atlanta area with a combined weekly attendance of more than 15,000. Over one million of Andy's messages are accessed from our North Point websites monthly, including both leadership and sermon content. To learn more and to access our free online resources, visit us at 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


  1. This sounds like a must-read book for me. Thanks for posting!

    1. It really is an exceptional book. I would recommend everyone on a kidmin team read it. So much about the heart of why we do what we do and how to do it even better. Blessings!

  2. My hubbie would really enjoy this one ! Thanks for popping over to our weekly book blog hop this week xx


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