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**** am loving this book.  so much so that i am only reading one other book at the same time.   it shows some great insight into church ministry and reaching unchurched people.  here are some of my fav take away moments.


“As leaders, we are never responsible for filling anyone else’s cup. Our responsibility is to empty ours.”


At the end of the day, it’s application that makes all the difference. Truth isn’t helpful if no one understands or remembers it.
If you want a church full of biblically educated believers, just teach what the Bible says. If you want to make a difference in your community and possibly the world, give people handles, next steps, and specific applications. Challenge them to do something. As we’ve all seen, it’s not safe to assume that people automatically know what to do with what they’ve been taught. They need specific direction. This is hard. This requires an extra step in preparation. But this is how you grow people.


“God often showcases his power on the stage of human weakness.”


“The sermon begins in the parking lot.”


“Purpose should determine approach.  At the end of the day, it’s what we do, not what we purposed to do, that defines our lives and reputations.”


  1. Practical Teaching (what I’ve called Relevant Equipping/Teaching)
  2. Private Disciplines (what I’ve called Personal Spiritual Practices)
  3. Personal Ministry (what I’ve called Taking Risks in Life or Ministry)
  4. Providential Relationships (what I’ve called Meaningful Spiritual Friendships)
  5. Pivotal Circumstances (what I’ve called Moments of Crisis)


Andy Stanley, Deep & Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend