• Deep & Wide

  • Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend
  • By: Andy Stanley
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (976 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Create a church unchurched people absolutely love to attend.

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 Stanley shares his strategy for preaching and programming to both mature believers and cynical unbelievers, essential ingredients for creating irresistible environments, and North Point's spiritual formation model (The Five Faith Catalysts).

If you want to know how you can create a movement in your local community that can impact the entire world, Stanley points the way to create irresistible leadership, irresistible environments, and an irresistible culture with in your church.

©2012 Andy Stanley (P)2012 Zondervan

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Good Content

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Having heard Andy Stanley speak it is a little awkward listening to Tom Parks.

Would you be willing to try another book from Andy Stanley? Why or why not?

Yes, Andy Stanley is a good writer.

How could the performance have been better?

Have Andy Stanley read the book.

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Pastoring a church is a lot of work

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. There are many things about pastoring that are not taught in a seminary. This audiobook illuminates some of those things.

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Terrible!

So sad that we still have leaders out there like, there, I sought information about building a church but instead got a new version of what Andy Stanley believes is acceptable and not acceptable, not anything based in the word. Terrible. I will continue to meditate on the bible and forget this book.

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Eye-Opening

What did you like best about this story?

I liked hearing how Stanley arrived at God's will for his life, how he related how he, his wife, and his church went through to arrive at a place that is bringing glory to God and leading many people into a growing relationship with Jesus.

What three words best describe Tom Parks’s voice?

Not Andy Stanley

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed, I cried, I thought deeply.

Any additional comments?

I wish Andy Stanley had read the book because I kept having to translate his voice into the story.

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A Must Read For Church Leaders!!!

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Andy's insights into church structure are brilliant. While his model of doing church is not for everyone, this process to discovering/deciding the model is for anyone. It's a must read for any church leader.

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Amazing insight!

What did you love best about Deep & Wide?

This book would serve as a great resource for any church leader. In general, there are many life lessens to take away from this book. As with most books, there will be parts that may not be applicable to everyone's situation. However, you will not regret the time spent listening. This, like many good books, was compelling to the point that I subsquently bought the print copy so that I could go back and study it in depth! Enjoy.

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Excellent!!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Deep & Wide to be better than the print version?

It is a very easy listen. Nice to be able to listen in the car.

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Taking my staff through this

Would you consider the audio edition of Deep & Wide to be better than the print version?

I found the audible version to be a convenient way to go through the book and have additionally picked up a print version that is helpful for referencing and reviewing areas. While I can bookmark areas on the audible copy, it gets difficult to see charts and other appendices right away. I listen on my phone while I drive.

What does Tom Parks bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The book is a personal look at ministry and methods and listening to it brings that personal touch to the experience.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was in tears at the end when Andy shared a story of the work of a teenage volunteer leader in a younger child's life because of similar experiences. I took it to our children's ministry leader right away and said "you are having an impact. Keep it up."

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Yesterday was discussing the book with a lay leader at another church and she said it was the most moving book she's read in a very long time.

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WOW!

Would you consider the audio edition of Deep & Wide to be better than the print version?

The print version hasn't even been released yet! This is Stanley's most important book and Audible has given me an early look. Just wonderful.

What did you like best about this story?

The part of this book I'm currently processing in my own ministry is the template for making a worship gathering and disciple making process irresistible.

What about Tom Parks’s performance did you like?

He reads with enthusiasm.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The extreme reaction will come when we contextualize Stanley's principles in our own ministry.

Any additional comments?

Thank you audible for offering this title. I am so pleased.

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So good and much needed

I listened to the last chapter 3 times! Thank you Andy for your continued articulation of the heart of God as it relates to people, the church and the role we are called to step into. As a believer I fully buy into the value of the local church and BEING the church to the community. Who are we called to reach? What are we doing with the 8+ hours each month defined as “Sunday morning church”? When we stand before God will he be pleased with how that time was used? Is our church time spent on feeding our own appetites or looking around and pulling others in to meet the real Jesus? Let’s start praying for boldness. Let’s start praying for healing for others and miracles of God that will reveal him to those who need him just as the early church prayed. Thank you Andy for bringing so much to light!🙏🏼💙

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  • Christina Coombes
  • 03-17-20

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This is a really helpful and challenging listen, with a useful balance of analysis and practical application.

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  • JJ Bird
  • 02-08-19

Best book on Church vision

I’m 17. Any young people questioning their church model or vision then this is a must read.

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  • 12-30-17

A must for any church leader

Would you listen to Deep & Wide again? Why?

Yes, I think there are so many great ideas and challenging thoughts I need to listen to it again to catch the ones I missed. You have to listen to it from a non-american view point, strip out the principals opposed to the exact practice.

What other book might you compare Deep & Wide to, and why?

I don't think I've come across a book that compares to this, possible the Advantage by Patrick Lencioni or Searching for Sundays by Rachel Held Evans are equally as helpful when thinking about the structure of church

Have you listened to any of Tom Parks’s other performances? How does this one compare?

First one

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no because it's to long & to much to take in

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-25-17

Great Listen

Challenging stuff when you have to ask the question is what I am doing working? Andy does well to make the listener reflect on the methodology, principals and practices for those in church leadership.