I greatly appreciated Alan Briggs book, Guardrails: Six Principles for a Multiplying Church. Briggs reminds the reader how hard it really is to not only keep a church alive, but to help the church to thrive and grow to be the church God calls us to be.
Briggs divided this book into two sections: Foundations and Principles. In Foundations, he does what the word describes. He lays the groundwork for the church. He talks about the problems and different situations which arise as a result of an organization led by people seeking, but not always knowing how to fulfill the Great Commission.
In part two, he discusses the principles needed to have a church multiply. He lays out his points with the acronym SHARRP - - As each chapter focuses on one ~
This section is practical and not just theoretical. He tells stories from his journey, as well as sharing scripture to help bring home his points. Each chapter ends with a few simple, yet profound discussion questions. Questions like “When have you accidentally emptied the Cross of its power through complexity?” That’s deep, but hit home with me.
I also appreciated his section Apprentice Culture Assessment, which helps us look at how we do church in terms of discipleship.
Overall, this is a very good book, a helpful book for those wanting to find ways to multiply and help your church grow through discipleship.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher Tyndale Press, in exchange for an honest review.