Erwin Raphael McManus, An Unstoppable Force: Daring to Become the Church God Had in Mind. Group Publishing, Referenced in. Erwin really is at the front edge of reaching and raising up leaders in the post- Christian world. An Unstoppable Force is still just as powerful and. An Unstoppable Force by Erwin Raphael McManus, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.
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Erwin McManus, originally a citizen of El Salvador, has a passion unlike most for people of all nationalities. After planting a Hispanic church in inner-city Dallas, Texas, McManus then took on the heavy responsibility of leading Los Angeles based Mosaic Church unstoppablf known unstoppabble The Church on Bradyan plus member church made of many diverse nationalities, including Hispanics, Asians, and Caucasian and African and Americans.
In addition to his role as a Pastor, he serves unstoppablw many other roles, including husband, father, futurist, artist, cultural leader, church plant adviser, and youth event speaker. This is because churches are so concerned with thriving or even surviving that they forget their purpose as the body of Christ — to serve. The church that God had in mind will not run from the culture that is at their back door, they will face it head on. The church must overcome the cultural obstacles within their community so that they can effectively reach those people who are buried deep below the culture.
The church God had in mind firce not compromise, but rather will engage in battle to overcome cultural barriers that keep people away from church and keep the church away from people.
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Once the barriers are removed, great opportunity exists. Once the first movements towards becoming the church God had in mind occur, momentum begins to form. From this momentum, the church can find the strength and wherewithal to transform a culture and to not only produce followers of Jesus Christ, but also to be a part of a movement of Jesus Christ. In this state, the entire community feels the same way and everyone has everything in common, much like the first century church.
In his last official chapter, the Epilogue withstanding, the church should remember that as they seek to continually reform themselves to reach the ever changing culture, they should prepare for obstacles, discouragement, and resistance. It is evident from the first few pages of An Unstoppable Force: He exhibits the enthusiasm necessary to kindle a fire in anyone who genuinely desires to be a part of the church God has in mind.
His book gives his unique, fresh perspective on how to build a church that will impact both the local community and the world. Furthermore, McManus has the goods to back up his vision — his church is impacting both the community and the world as I write this paper.
McManus seemed to have a relevant story and illustration for almost every primary point he made, possibly too many. For every point he made, he had a picture to paint through creative, flashy, culturally relevant words and through illustrations that made sense logically. For example, as he described the church that is afraid to move, thus failing to gain momentum, he paints a picture of himself as a small child, afraid of roller coasters McManus, He discusses his fear of the roller coaster and the five years he spent being afraid of them.
Once he overcame that fear, he began to gain momentum incredibly fast, always looking for that next roller coaster ride and he never looked back. If they can conquer those fears, they too can begin to gain momentum in their church — momentum that will sky rocket their spiritual growth as a congregation and put them on the path to becoming the kind of church God had in mind.
This book was a challenge for this reviewer. The energetic, modernistic vocabulary style was hard for me to follow. Although I cannot quite place the writing style, it seemed a bit New Age or Postmodern — and maybe that was the intention of the author.
I had to read and reread many of the sections, yet still did not grasp the entirety of his message. Many of his metaphors, illustrations, and flashy vocabulary simply did not resonate with this reviewer. Yet I was never able to grasp what this figurative language represented in the church growth world. Just what is it that the church is afraid of here? I do not know.
McManus has a tendency, at least in this book, to be a little wordy and vague. Some of his points, though likely present, seem to get lost in the flashy, verbose writing style that McManus has.
Yet he fails to disclose exactly how this will happen. How will the nations come together through unstpopable church? What steps are involved in this process?
He goes on to give an example of a church coming together in this fashion — Cornerstone Church — yet still fails to describe how he led his church to accomplish this task. This seemed to be a common occurrence throughout his book.
Book Review | An Unstoppable Force | Erwin McManus
He gave instances of success or visions for success, yet did not readily offer the solutions or processes to accomplish these goals. As a Pastor of a small church in a rural area, I know personally that the churches that need growth the most cannot relate to the modernistic terminology that is prevalent in his book. The book seemed to be more geared towards those who McManus desires to reach, rather than those that he is trying to encourage IE: This would be like speaking only Spanish to an English speaking community that you wish to teach Spanish.
During my first year of Spanish in college, my professor spoke English, so that I could learn the language without complication. McManus should speak English too, so that those of us who need to grow our churches can learn his language without complication.
His complicated vocabulary style made his theological conveyances light. I wish he would be heavier in his ecclesiology and light in his terminology.
I was expecting a book much deeper in the theology of the church — a book that used that theology to lay a foundation that could be used to grow a church. Yes, this book is radical, yet it is also relevant.
Both of these traits are needed in the church today if the church is going to engage and penetrate the culture that is awaiting them outside their church doors and around the corner. However, if you are looking for a fresh, radical, dynamic look at what the church should look like, then this might be the right book for you. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.
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