That's the opening line of the book and is printed on the cover. The notion rings true through many aspects in life. The world around us changes and we must change with it, grow with it, and learn with it. What got us to where we are today, won't work forever. This applies very much so to the church.
The methods of 40 years ago won't necessarily be the methods that promote the greatest promise in the present. The methods of 10 years ago may not even work in today's world. Things can change just that quick. I'm not speaking of the message of the church. That message doesn't ever change. Anytime our "new" methods cause compromise in the preaching of Christ, the methods are not only wrong, but they are heretical. We also have to understand that methods should be advancements and not compromises. This book points to these ideas in such a way.
It is for this reason that this book is a must read for anyone interested in growing their church. The author splits up the church profiles based on numbers (0-85, 85-200, 200-400, 400-800, 800-1500, 1500+). The book offers great ideas of innovation and reminders of tried and true lessons to engage, disciple, win, and expand church and influence in the community. One of the greatest things about the book is that the author acknowledges that not all churches are the same and the pastor has to be aware of his own vision and his people before enacting change and ideas. Churches aren't cookie cutter, and McIntosh is aware. That makes the book even better to read.
This was a great read as we prepare to go on our Leadership Retreat to plan for 2012. There are some innovations coming to Free Point and this book helped confirm some of the things the Lord has put in my spirit. This is yet another book that came along at the perfect time. I can't help but be excited over this . . .