Had a chance to work my way through a new book by Will Mancini. Innovating Discipleship: Four Paths to Real Discipleship Results is a quick read only if you’re in a hurry and not really paying attention. Mancini, the author of Church Unique and the founder of Auxano is on to a very important idea with Innovating Discipleship. In fact, I’d say you should only read it if you’re serious about your mission.
A slim book, Innovating Discipleship is just 85 pages (when you include the appendix). At the same time, any one of several killer concepts is worth way more than the price of this book. If you read with an eye for game-changing insight…you’ll have no trouble uncovering a set of new questions and new insights that will spur new conversations for a long time.
In the opening pages of the book, Mancini unveils an intriguing formula: 1 + 2 + 4 + 16. Here’s what it means: one whiteboard drawing defined by two vision decisions reals four paths to the future that provide sixteen super questions for limitless ministry innovation. He has a passion for tool-making. Innovating Discipleship is a great tool!
I am always on the lookout for great ways to diagnose or dissect ministry issues and challenges. I read broadly and continually. I scour and sift to find new and better ways of thinking about strategies and solutions. Church Unique had such an impact on my vantage point, that when I saw the first mentions of Innovating Discipleship I knew I had to see it. I was not disappointed! This is great stuff.
My copy is a little bit of a mess. Underlined. Starred. Dog-eared with a broken spine. My copy looks like I’ve had it much longer than I have. Packed with keen insights, if you’re looking for the truth about your current situation and more importantly, what and where your next steps could be…I highly recommend that you pick up your own copy of Innovating Discipleship. You’ll be very glad you did!