A couple years ago I was given the opportunity to help jump start a small group ministry at The Oaks Fellowship in Dallas, Texas. One of the people I got to know there was Scott Wilson, the senior pastor of The Oaks. Let me tell you…you’ve never met anyone with more enthusiasm than Scott. A couple weeks ago I picked up a copy of Scott’s newest book, Ready, Set. Grow! Three Conversations That Will Bring Lasting Growth to Your Church. Loved it! Not only is the content very helpful, the book perfectly captures Scott’s infectious enthusiasm!
Ready, Set, Grow! recalls the three conversations that led to the dynamic growth of The Oaks Fellowship. The format of the book is both simple and extremely readable. In some ways it had the feel of a Patrick Lencioni book, with principles and learnings embedded in the story being told. From my vantage point the best aspect of the book is that it’s the kind of book that a church staff could read together and really learn from.
At its essence, Ready, Set, Grow! is the story of how the leadership of The Oaks moved from being workers, to equippers to multipliers. Scott recalls that the three conversations “revolutionized our expectations, the level of our leadership, and our hearts.”
The book is divided into three sections, each with three chapters. Each section begins with a conversation followed by what happened during that year and the lessons learned. The conversations centered around:
- Conversation 1: Becoming models others would want to follow.
- Conversation 2: Selecting the right people to pour our lives into and equipping them to serve effectively.
- Conversation 3: Building a third generation of leaders, and in fact, changing the culture so that building multipliers becomes a core value.
In addition to recalling the conversation, each section includes what they did as a team, what they learned and what they could have done differently. One aspect that I really found helpful (perhaps because I know them) is that each section also includes a chapter from the perspective of a key staff member who went through the experience. Every chapter concludes with a set of questions, making Ready, Set, Grow! a very practical book to read as a team.
If you’re looking for a book to help your team grow in their leadership capability, Ready, Set, Grow! could be just the one. My copy is marked up, highlighted and starred and I’m sure yours will be too.
Note: At least today, Ready, Set, Grow! is only $0.99 on Amazon!