Book Review: Going Deep: Becoming a person of influence by Gordon MacDonald
What is your church’s elevator story? In the amount of time it would take you to travel 17 stories up an elevator, how would you describe what your church is all about? If you were traveling with an investor, would that person want to invest in your church’s purpose after hearing your story?
That question prompts Pastor Gordon MacDonald to search for a “great idea” to define and drive his fictional New England church. After much thought, prayer, and discussion with other leaders, he settles on CDP—Cultivating Deep People. His consuming passion becomes how to develop and grow people who have a deep faith in and commitment to Jesus Christ.
Going Deep is written in novel form about a fictional church in New Hampshire pastored by Gordon MacDonald. The story takes place over a period of two years. The great idea is developed and refined over the first year. During the second year, the idea is put into place with the first group going through the CDP program. They spend every Monday evening together for 40 weeks. During their sessions, they study the topics of temperament, spiritual gifts, biblical leaders, leadership characteristics, prayer, and how to write your faith story. In addition, the group shares in each other’s lives including a cancer scare, a life-threatening accident, and the defection of one of their members.
Going Deep is probably one of the best books I have read on the subject of developing leaders and growing deep people. Rather than merely telling you how to do it or trying to persuade you to implement another program, the book invites you to enter into the lives of the CDP group and see the idea fleshed out in front of you. You not only catch the vision for the idea, but understand how to implement the strategy.
Practical. Helpful. Entertaining.
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