Platt challenges churches to evaluate every minute and every dollar spent and consider if vital resources are truly being used to expand the kingdom. Platt warns that it is too easy for the American church to get complacent and distracted. Radical Together is a wake-up call for churches to refocus on the task of The Great Commission.
Ok, good idea… what’s next? Some of Platt’s instructions aren’t very clear. We learn that churches are not to be about programs and professionals but are to be about equipping the saints for the work of the ministry. But what if staff is organized to equip the saints? Is that bad? Also we are instructed to avoid focusing on buildings and budgets in order to make disciples. But what if the buildings and budgets are helpful tools in making disciples? Is that OK? I liked the challenge, but Platt offered more enthusiasm than practical advice.
In Radical Together, Platt challenges the church to continually evaluate its practices and traditions to make sure they have not lost their purposes in the kingdom. While this could generate excitement, it isn’t “radical”. The book is a quick read and offers encouragement and passion with a little practical insight.
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I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review