The book is a real life look at two pastors who took their churches through what they call "u-turns." A u-turn of course takes place when an individual, company, or in this case, a church, realizes that the road its own is the wrong road. When a u-turn is made, it's a new day; a new time; a new opportunity.
I've not been shy about how I feel about my church. I think we have one of the greatest churches out there. It's been a fast, yet long, journey that we've been on for almost 4 years. In four years, our focus has been souls and reclamation. We've worked to rebuild and re-establish the church. We've worked to give our community something to be proud of and something that would entice, influence, and change people in the community. Our reclamation journey is headed towards a close this year with our moving to finalize a new parking lot deal and with the plans for our last remodeling project. With our focus being what it has been for so long and with so much passion and energy being put into the vision, one chapter is closing and another chapter is beginning. It has been my goal and my desire to face this next chapter with the same tenacity, determination, passion, and excellence that we've faced the previous four years with.
With this in mind, I wanted and needed a book and direction to inspire some new ideas and a u-turn of sorts as it stood with now a new, but not really a new, direction. The book challenged to take "holy risks." The authors remind us of Joshua and the priests who when facing the Jordan River had to trust God in getting across. God didn't part the Jordan before they started walking, but as they walked, God made the path clear and perfect. It was Peter who stepped out on a liquid and found a solid foundation to walk on. God is interested in His people walking in and stepping out on faith. We have to use wisdom and logic and follow the leading of Christ, but we can't play it safe when America is the 4th largest unreached nation on the planet.
The authors gave some great instruction and ideas through their own processes. As we enter our new phase of prepping for a sanctuary project and making building people our only focus instead of having it coupled with repairing buildings at the same time, new challenges will lie ahead. God is going to call Free Point to step out into the river and trust Him to part it with each step. God will also challenge us to walk in the midst of storms and indecision and trust His voice and call. It has been a great ride so far, but we haven't seen anything yet!