If You’re a Pastor or Church Leader, You Must Read IT

It by Craig GroeschelIt is a really great book! It is all about “how churches and leaders can get it and keep it.” What is it? Though Craig Groeschel never really defines it, he does offer this clarifying list:

It is what God does through a rare combination of these qualities found in his people:
– Passion for his presence
– A deep craving to reach the lost
– Sincere integrity
– Spirit-filled faith
– Down-to-earth humility
– Brokenness

There are a few books I’ve read in the last decade that I would add to my list of “must reads” for leaders. Andy Stanley’s Next Generation Leader, J. Oswald Sanders’ Spiritual Leadership, and Paul Chappell’s Guided by Grace, plus almost anything that John Maxwell guy has written. And now, I’d have to add It to the stack.

Groeschel helps us develop a good understanding of it, and while he never makes an attempt to attach too much familiar verbiage to it (which is purposeful, to keep us from thinking we have it all figured out), he does make us hunger for it. He gets practical, helping us to understand how to have it, how to cultivate it in our church and on our team, and how to recover it when we seem to have lost it.

He showcases seven other ministries across America and describes how each has captured and enjoyed it, highlighting changed lives and communities as the result of churches that have it.

So, want it? Me too. A good step toward having it would be to read the book.

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God, Help Me to Be Weird

Weird Book by Craig GroeschelI’ve just finished reading the weirdest book I’ve ever read – Weird by Craig Groeschel… and I’m glad I did. I don’t ever want to be normal again. As Craig puts it, “normal isn’t working.”

We’ve used various terms for the kind of lifestyle Groeschel is calling us to live – sanctified, set apart, separated, consecrated – but the bottom line is that believers should be choosing to live differently than the surrounding culture. Why? Because being “normal” means settling for society’s status quo.

Normal finances would include being over-extended, stressed out, and failing to give generously. Being weird with our finances means we’re going to be generous givers, smart savers, and sensible spenders. The normal marriage today is either falling apart or may as well be, but a weird marriage is one in which husband and wife love and date each other and are in constant pursuit of deeper intimacy. Normal parenting is permissive, absent, or even neglectful. Weird parenting is when we get thoroughly into our kids lives and influence them for Jesus.

Normal people are falling apart. Normal is a broad path. Normal really isn’t working. So I agree with Craig. I want to be Weird from this day forward.