Did you know that in the United States alone over 4,000 churches are planted each year? This would be an awesome statistic if it weren’t for the fact that 3,700 of those church plants fail and close their doors in the year that they are planted. It’s not easy to start or sustain a church, and it’s also not easy to start or sustain our own personal witness. It’s even harder to sustain our efforts if we don’t have a structure to sustain us. Even though our church has a formal discipleship program, I’m always interested in reading books that will help me grow in making discipleship relationships, so I was thrilled to get the opportunity to review Guardrails: Six Principles for a Multiplying Church.
Briggs has divided his book into two parts. The first part foundations, examines the why behind what we do. He talks about chaos and how it hinders the kingdom movement. He discusses the kingdom of God, the great commission and three realms of apprenticeship to consider when making disciples.
Part two is the part of the book that gives us six principles for multiplying a church. In these, he discusses why discipleship must be simple, flexible, holistic, regular, reproducible, and positive. There are many practical tips and theoretical things to be gained from these chapters. A final couple of chapters deal with practical application and potential roadblocks and setbacks.
This is a beautifully done book, and I’ll be carrying many things from it into my future discipleship relationships. If your church does not have a formal discipleship program and training, this is an excellent way to figure out how to get started with discipleship.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.