Saturday, April 14, 2012

Review: The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church by Reggie McNeal

Synopsis: In this provocative book, author, consultant, and church leadership developer Reggie McNeal debunks these and other old assumptions and provides an overall strategy to help church leaders move forward in an entirely different and much more effective way. In The Present Future, McNeal identifies the six most important realities that church leaders must address including: recapturing the spirit of Christianity and replacing "church growth" with a wider vision of kingdom growth; developing disciples instead of church members; fostering the rise of a new apostolic leadership; focusing on spiritual formation rather than church programs; and shifting from prediction and planning to preparation for the challenges of an uncertain world. McNeal contends that by changing the questions church leaders ask themselves about their congregations and their plans, they can frame the core issues and approach the future with new eyes, new purpose, and new ideas. (from the website)

Review: I did not like this. I thought his premise was a rewording of tired arguments, he preached to the choir, and it was full of inane advice the sounded good because it was different but that didn't make it good. In the end, I think the author's heart was in the right place, but his advice cliched and unhelpful.

Bookmarks: 5 of 10

Awards: None

Date Finished: 4-8-2012
Pages: 152

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