On the Verge is another one of those creative books on the church that claims that times are a changin’ and that church needs to abandon its old ways and get on with the new. We need to regroup using the authors’ theories and methods if we want to be relevant in the next generation.
To equip us, On the Verged is filled with ideas and strategies for better reaching a community for Christ. It would be hard to read this book and not gain a new perspective on ministry or create a useful list of new ministry ideas to start in your own context. For my context, I wrote down that we need to do a better job communicating to our whole church family the extensive ministries that we are involved in. I think few people have any idea how active our church is in our community and around the world.
At times, On the Verge is creative and forward-looking at the price of a bias against the past. Repeating the phrase “what got is here won’t get us there” was stated as true though not adequately defined. For example, what if a reader thinks that what got us here is teaching the Bible to people. Does that mean we should stop? The tenor of the book is too much of new=good and old=bad.
Another characteristic of books like this is the overuse of jargon and On the Verge is no exception. Innovation is actually creating something new not just giving a catchy new name to an existing concept. The extra terms used hindered not enhanced communication.
On the Verge will likely trigger a new idea for your ministry. If you don’t have time to tackle Tim Keller’s Center Church, On the Verge will be worth your time, see review of Center Church here.