Deep Roots and Wide Reaches

If you’ve been along for much of the journey here, you know we talk a lot about reaching way beyond crowd’s edge and far into the community.  And probably, if you’ve been influenced much by that vision, you’ve had to defend the practice of making it possible for ordinary people to lead groups.

I have no doubt that you’ve had intense discussions with the proponents of a high bar of leadership and you’ve fought back the little mobs willing to settle for predictable and verifiable and safe while a generation drowns in a vast ocean bereft of lifeboats.

I want to thank you for joining me in this passion to connect people.  I really mean that.  My dream, my mission is to connect as many as possible, to pull as many as possible from the wreckage.  I feel like you are with me in this.

I heard Andy Stanley talk about Deep and Wide about a month ago.  I knew immediately that we’d be talking a lot about this book over the coming months.  See if this quote helps you see the relevance too:

I’m sure that somewhere in the world there is an actual “fountain flowing deep and wide.”  But that has nothing to do with why I chose the title.  By the time you finish the book, I hope you will be as convinced as I am that healthy local churches can be, and should be, both deep and wide.  It’s not either/or.  It’s both/and.  Local churches should be characterized by deep roots and wide reaches (p. 18).

Deep and wide.  I long for that, too.  I probably would have called it Wide and Deep…

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