“There are plenty of good people, well-meaning people, sincere people – but not enough deep people.”
Dr. Gordon MacDonald wants his church to have deeper leaders with a sense of Christ-like purpose. Using the platform of his previous book, Who Stole My Church?, Dr. MacDonald uses a realistic, yet fictionalized congregation in New England to tell the story of a church seeking to grow into a portion of the Body of Christ that thrives in a world in need of a Savior.
One of the first myths that Dr. MacDonald fights against is the idea that excellent leadership requires excellent numbers. Rather than focusing on a large group of individuals in order to cause change, MacDonald’s Deep highlights the importance of the power of a few, dedicated and deep people. Citing an Korean woman that prays fervently for her church family or the elder with a specific gift, MacDonald weaves a story that allows all believers of the risen Lord to be a catalyst for change.
Though MacDonald uses the form of a fictionalized congregation to tell the story of change and growth, perhaps the most powerful advice that he gives is in the preface. Here, MacDonald paints the picture of what a “deep” person looks like. Simply, a deep Christian is one that loves Jesus without restraint, cares for others, and works to extend the Kingdom. Through the rest of his text, MacDonald shows how the points in his preface can be made real in the lives of all Christians. Without a doubt, Going Deep is a creative book that allows one to make his or her life for Christ into one of leadership and servanthood.
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