Spiritual Depth


When I think of spiritual depth I am more and more convinced that it has more to do with your personal relationship with Jesus and less to do with leadership- yours or anyone else’s! In a world innundated with leadership books, we have precious few examples of real character in leadership. This is why I was initially excited to read Going Deep. The book re-visits Pastor Gordon MacDonald’s fictional congregation in his book, Who Stole My Church. While I have not read that book, I was excited by the following thought: “The future of the Christian faith will not be determined by the number of people who fill the pews but by the spiritual depth of those people.”

Going Deep offers a detailed plan of helping churches cultivate people of spiritual depth… A VERY detailed plan. To say I found this book to be extremely slow-moving would be an understatement. Gordon MacDonald writes the book like a journal of a fictional church that is going through a major change in their discipleship process. I am very detailed but this book was sinking into a detailed muck. Unfortunately, I feel that most of the good principles were lost in pragmatics. The concepts themselves were great but the presentation was baffling to me. While the setting was fictional the book is written as reality which makes for a very confusing read. For me, this book was so extremely slow that it became a chore to read.

To the authors credit, I do think this book could be helpful for pastors and church leaders making some intense discipleship changes. Also, true change as it is described in the book would take a long time, just as the pressures of deep sea diving must be slowly acquired and adjusted to at each depth. I think a church using this book could read it and do the meeting described at the same time and finish fairly close together.

I received this book as a part of Thomas Nelson’s Booksneeze program. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.


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