Andy Stanley's "Deep and Wide"

I just finished Andy Stanley's new book, "Deep and Wide."  It was a breath of fresh air for both theoretical and practical aspects of pastoral ministry.  It had a lot of good conversation starters.  Here are some of the passages I highlighed in the book:

“Preacher’s kids who gravitate toward ministry are commodities.  I hire all I can.”

“…the best performers usually build the biggest churches but not necessarily the healthiest ones.”

“I grew up around the people who believed that the church was for saved people who acted like saved people.  I’m all too familiar with that church brand.  The catch was that they were the ones who decided what act like a save person meant.  They got to determine which sins saved people could commit and which ones were evidence of being unsaved.”

“There are a couple of questions we refuse to answer at all.  We learned that from Jesus.”

“Remember this: either you were a mess, are a mess, or are one dumb decision away from becoming a mess.”

“People are far more interested in what works than what’s true. I hate to burst your bubble, but virtually nobody in your church is on a truth quest. Including your spouse.  They are on a happiness quest.”

“Jesus wasn’t content with saying true things.  We shouldn’t be either.  Truth without handles is static.  Truth with next steps grows people’s faith.”

“Being organized is not enough.  You must appear to be organized.”

“Biblically speaking, to hear and not to do is not to hear at all.”

“Teaching through the entire Bible doesn’t crate Bible scholars…It creates people who think they are Bible scholars. And those are some of the meanest, most uncompassionate human beings on the planet.”

“I don’t feel like it’s my responsibility to fill anyone’s cup.  But I am responsible to empty mine.”

“If you don’t clarify the win for a team, they will do it for themselves.  And once a group falls in love with a ministry or style of ministry, they will find a way to convince themselves that what they are doing is essential to the success of your church. Whether it is or not.”

“When people start with the, ‘Don’t preachers only work one day a week?’ I have a good comeback…: ‘Think for a minute about the most stressful part of your job, the part that is the make-or-break for you financially.  Imagine having to do that every week on a stage in front of your family, friends, strangers, and people who don’t particularly like you.  Imagine not having the option to call in sick or reschedule because you weren’t quite ready for the presentation.’”

Dana Hicks