Reposting because the Kindle edition is on sale for $3.99.
Summary: The Church at its core is about reaching people outside its walls for Christ.
Right off the top, I love my church. Andy Stanley is my pastor.
If I had to recommend this book for only one reason it would be because this book, more than any other I can think of, casts the vision for why the church has to be focused on those outside the church. If there is one thing that Andy Stanley is passionate about (and writes well about) it is the fact that most churches need to do everything they can to reach people that are not in church.
I should not need to repeat statistics about the fact that most churches baptize very few adults because of conversion. Or the recent statistic that says that most Christian adults believe that they are instructed to share their faith, but admit that they have not in the last year shared their faith with anyone.
I do not believe that the attractional church model is the only model for church. In fact, I think that organic church and missional church are two other models that are very important to drawing in people that have almost no background in the church to Christ.
However, Deep And Wide is unapologetic about the fact that one of the most important ways that people become Christians is that they are invited to church by a friend or family member, and then they are confronted with God (usually over time, often over years) and are changed because of that confrontation. Deep and Wide is both Andy’s story and the story of North Point.