Innovating Discipleship by Will Mancini (Book Review)

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So anyone that knows me knows that I am practically a junkie when it comes to ministry development and organization. I remember when I first got my hands on Church Unique. I was immediately a fan and wondered why this wasn’t  prerequisite reading for anyone that is considering launching a church or for that matter overseeing any sort of ministry. It is truly that good a book, however if your not a structure and development junkie like me. You may find it a bit overwhelming because there just seems like so much that needs to be done.

The latest book by Will Mancini, Innovatiing Discipleship seems to have hit the perfect balance in my estimation.

At 94 pages long this book is a quick read. When you dig in, you notice almost immediately that this could have easily been a two or three hundred page book. But this is a practitioners book that has had the fluff stripped away. There are no long introductory narratives or puffed up stories of his consulting success. Mancini, Get straight to the nuts and bolts of bringing vision clarity.  He uses a great equation

1+2+4+16= ∞

One Whiteboard Drawing

defined by 

Two Vision Decisions

reveals 

Four Paths to the Future

that provide

Sixteen Super Questions

for

Limitless Ministry Innovation

In his book Mancini takes the idea of you can date the model but should marry the Mission 10 steps further. He show you how to clarify and define the mission, then how to develop a model that will get you there. Some of the things that I love about the book are the fact that the vision and footwork are left to the reader. Mancini isn’t trying to sell or pitch the latest ministry model or set of buzz words. What he does so well is showing us some of our fatal flaw in ministry design, such as our lack of clarity about results, as well as our low competency in ministry design, to name a few. He then takes you through a fantastically simple diagnostics tool utilizing seven elements in our pattern of engagements. At this point in Innovation Discipleship you should be looking intentionally forward and Mancini helps us in defining our destination and fine tuning our trajectory,

My only critique of the book is that in the beginning Mancini states that the average pastor is looking for more of the same thing the same way. In other words we want to do the same thing we always do and experience greater results. Although I agree that this is what is probably being said verbally as well as what is being expressed in actionable terms. I think most pastors really don’t know what are the right steps to take or they would, I think that there a huge population that dreams of the incredible effect that they could have in their community. But because they aren’t sure how to climb that mountain. that sit and do more of the same.  I do think that Will knows and expresses that later in the book but when you first start reading you may feel a little sting. But that very well may be intentional.

So if you are looking for a great book to get you and your church moving again, if you are looking to re-ignite your passion for ministry, or if you are looking for a truly practical guide to getting your church un-stuck, this is it

At $5.99 for the Kindle or $8.99 for the paperback you can’t go wrong.

Get your’s on amazon here.