- everything being linked to the message in the bible talk,
- 'excellence' in everything,
- worship pastor and teaching pastor being on the same page,
- planning the preaching calendar a year out,
- having Sunday sorted by Thursday night, and
It was annoying and helpful at the same time.
1. He keeps telling us about his church.
His church is called the Journey Church. I find this hard to take.
2. His writing style is irritating. He keeps putting in these dreadful dialogues between 'David' (a young pastor) and 'Tim' (an experienced pastor who runs his life according to the letter of this book and has a booming successful church and no problems at all). He also loves and overuses acronyms (RTLs = Radically Transformed Lives) and alliteration.
3. He is on a different page theologically.
His theology of scripture, the spirit, church, worship... All different to mine. (And therefore wrong!)
4. He thinks he has got it all worked out.
He's the man and he knows it. But I think this kind of goes with the territory. Who else writes this sort of book?
5. I want to not like it because of reasons 1-4 above, but it has a lot to offer.
1. The idea of having Sunday sorted by Thursday night is inspiring. Imagine how much less stressed we'd be!
2. I love the idea of pastor and music leader being on about the same thing in a church service. Practically, though, it's hard to manage. I like that this book offers a way to do it.
3. It prioritises long term planning of the preaching program and makes everything else fall under that. I'm a fan of this in theory. Good to see what possibilities it opens up.
4. It values creativity in service planning.
Has anyone else read it? What did you think?