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Brad Powell has served as senior pastor at NorthRidge church in Michigan since 1990. In Change Your Church for Good, he offers his experience of leading his church through the transition of dying Baptist parish to exploding megachurch as an example for others seeking “a blueprint for change.”

I admit that this book challenged me in many ways. It got me thinking about questions like ‘What is worship?’, ‘Who is it for?’, “What does it mean to worship in spirit and in truth?’, ‘How does the church reach the lost?’ But, unfortunately, I didn’t find any significant treatment of the answers to these questions in this book.

I found it to be a superficial sales model for a method that does not fit any universal experience of what is real, meaningful, and life-changing about worship. I found it equated worship with evangelism, or even entertainment, which ultimately, are completely different things to me. I found it really didn’t leave much room for what I do find meaningful, for what feeds me, and allows me to reach out to and intercede for a lost and hurting world.

Not recommended. Try ‘Spiritual Formation as if the Church Really Mattered’ instead.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com [http://BookSneeze.com] book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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