Gordon McDonald's new book, Going Deep, tells the inspiring story of a pastor and congregation that made cultivating deep people their highest priority.
This mission was sparked by the following quote from Richard Foster: "The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people."
This fascinating tale chronicles the birth and development of a new approach to ministry. Making significant schedule adjustments, senior pastor (Gordon) and his wife, (Gail), invested a full year in nurturing, mentoring and training young, emerging leaders -- developing them into deep people.
The significant (and most neglected) step in "deep people development" is training -- and the book outlines, through narrative, what an effective, relational training strategy could look like.
I became more excited as I turned the pages. (It captured me so completely, I read all 400 in three days.) This is exactly what our church needs to do! Finally, someone has given us a proven model for growing young believers and training them in godliness.
Then, came the big disappointment. Somehow, I glossed over the preface, and missed an important piece of information. I didn't know until I finished the book and glanced at the back cover. . .
This book is a piece of fiction! It didn't happen! Gordon and his wife are real enough, but all the other characters and events were purely a figment of the author's imagination!
Now, I still think the idea has merit -- and is worthy of investigation, but but now that I know it is still an unproven idea, I'm not quite so eager to jump off the cliff.
(A complimentary copy was provided for review by the publisher.)
I was ordained July 10, 1987, when General Superintendent, Dr. Earle Wilson, laid hands on me, shook my hand, and thundered, "Take thou authority to preach the Word!"
I was thinking about this a while back, and wondered how far back I could go with the succession of my ordination. So, I did a little research.
* I was ordained by Earle Wilson
* Earle Wilson was ordained by Pilgrim Holiness General Superintendent, William Neff.
* William Neff was ordained by the Pilgrim founder, Seth Rees * Seth Rees was ordained by Nazarene founder, Phineas Bresee (Note -- Rees was initally "recorded" as a Quaker, because they did not ordain their ministers. Later, he moved over to the newly formed Church of the Nazarene, and I am taking a leap by assuming that when he became a Nazarene, they ordained him. Rees was certainly worked beside Bresee as his contemporary.)
* Phineas Bresee was ordained by Methodist Bishop, Levi Scott
* Levi Scott was ordained by Elijah Hedding. …
"Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." -- Matthew 17:20
Do you have a mountain looming in front of you, that you can't see your way around? Call on God! He's in the earth moving business! Faith in the Mountain Mover moves the mountain!
Sometimes, He moves the mountain by earthquake -- a sudden event takes it all away. This can happen when we make a major decision, or by circumstances beyond our control. These earthquakes can be painful at the moment, but result in long term good.
The great Salvation Army leader, Samuel Brengle, was severely injured when an angry rioter threw a brick, hitting him in the head. Brengle spent several months in rehabilitation, and during that time he wrote his first book which became bestselling classic. Years later, he remarked to his wife, "I'm thankful for the brick. If there…