Deep and Wide by Andy Stanley

Deep and Wide

By Andy Stanley

  • Release Date: 2012-09-25
  • Genre: Christianity
Score: 4.5
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Nearly 2,000 years ago, Jesus started a movement that has grown like wildfire throughout history. Author and pastor Andy Stanley draws from Scripture and over 25 years of pastoral experience to bring to life the irresistible nature of this movement known as the Church.

With surprising candor and transparency pastor Andy Stanley explains how one of America’s largest churches began with a high-profile divorce and a church split.

But that’s just the beginning…

Deep and Wide provides church leaders with an in-depth look into North Point Community Church and its strategy for creating churches unchurched people absolutely love to attend. Andy writes,

            “Our goal is to create weekend experiences so compelling and helpful that     even the most skeptical individuals in our community would walk away with      every intention of returning the following week…with a friend!”

Later he says,

            “I want people to fall in love with the Author of Scripture. And while we can’t            make anyone fall in love, we can certainly arrange a date.”  

For the first time, Andy explains his strategy for preaching and programming to “dual audiences”: mature believers and cynical unbelievers. He argues that preaching to dual audiences doesn’t require communicators to “dumb down” the content. According to Stanley, it’s all in the approach.

You’ll be introduced to North Point's spiritual formation model: The Five Faith Catalysts. Leaders responsible for ministry programing and production will no doubt love Andy’s discussion of the three essential ingredients for creating irresistible environments.  For pastors willing to tackle the challenge of transitioning a local congregation, Andy includes a section entitled: Becoming Deep and Wide.

If your team is more concerned with who you are reaching than who you are keeping, Deep & Wide will be more than a book you read; it will be a resource you come back to over and over!

“Couldn't be prouder of my son, Andy. And I couldn't be more excited about the content of this book. I wish a resource like this existed when I was starting out in ministry.”

-          Dr. Charles Stanley, Founder, In Touch Ministries

“Deep and Wide pulls back the curtain for all of us to see what is required behind the scenes to build a prevailing church.  I was both challenged and inspired by this book.”

-          Bill Hybels, author of Just Walk Across the Room

“The most common question I get from pastors is, ‘How do I get the people in my church to be open to change?’ From now on my answer will be, ‘Read Deep and Wide by Andy Stanley’.  Thanks Andy.  Great book!”

-          Craig Groeschel, Pastor, LifeChurch.TV, author, It: How Churches and Leaders Can Get It and Keep It

“No one has given me more practical handles for establishing a focused vision than Andy Stanley. Deep and Wide is a rich resource to help all of us stay intentional about the main thing - building a church that reaches people who are far from God.”

-          Steven Furtick, Lead Pastor, Elevation Church


  • Excellent Read!

    By elise taylor
    Mr. Stanley knows how to grab one's attention and keep it. This book really does a good job of teaching church people how to transition and bring unchurched people to hear the word of God...highly recommend!
  • Best Book Ever

    By Carlosachs
    Someone finally understood what the church must be! And now is teaching us!
  • Very insightful!!!

    By Jaykimbo
    I love the way Andy Stanley challenges us to look out of the box!
  • Great wisdom!

    By Josh iBar
    I’ve read this book three times in the last two years. No other book has helped me and my church focus on what matters and reignite our fire for why we started our church 25 years ago.
  • I'm in

    By Dudley 4446
    As a lifetime attender of a "church for churched people", this book got me. I recently became a fan of Andy's online sermons, which led me to a number of his other books, which led me to this one. All I can say is " I'm in". I challenge fellow "church for churched people attenders" to read this book, then continue on like nothing has happened!
  • Here, Here!

    By UniqueIV
    :0 tears!!!! Confirmation is a powerful's my MOVE...To Andy and the (7), thank you for inspiration to continue The Ekklesia Movement!
  • True Discipleship!! Mighty man of God!

    By writeontime
    Pastor Stanley, I am not new to the Christian faith, but have recently accepted my calling to ministry. Your insight has opened my eyes to many of the roadblocks I see in the Christian church, not the Christian faith. For so long, I have bee drawn to the typical southern Baptist organizational style of church, but as an aspiring minister of the Word, I have found church service to be stifling and frustrating. Bless you for spelling out why we are truly here to serve Him and His people. Best book I have read in years, not just Christian. Still reading, but still being filled each time I open the book on my iPad. I live in Flowery Branch and cant wait to visit your church. Minister Brown
  • Deep & Wide

    By Pacemaker Guy
    Andy Stanley has captured the essence of why the American Church, and perhaps the world church, is in decline in our time. I've always been told to "Be careful what you pray for". It's time to STOP being carful about a lot of things pertaining to GOD and his plan for our lives. Andy pulls no punches related to the shortcomings of church and worship today. If we can't be critical and truthful about our shortcomings and how we represent our spiritual beliefs then how can we present the truth to the watching world? We don't need another caricature of truth, we need truth. And here it is. If we really love the lost, the unchurched, we are going to have to treat them better than ourselves or our ways. Well done Andy.
  • Wow!

    By Shane Lepisi
    Def a must read for those looking for fresh ideas within the church. It's impacted my whole outlook on church! It's fresh and its especially anointed!
  • Perfect Timing

    By Izzy.bear
    This book could not have come at a better time. Just launched a new church plant, and it's now time to make some adjustments after reading this. It all just makes sense. Read it again and then share it with someone else!