Gil Cann has served as a pastor, evangelist, itinerant preacher and leadership trainer. Much of his work has been in response to requests from churches and para-church agencies. These are from virtually all denominations throughout Australia. He has also worked in New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and several Pacific Island nations. A frequent speaker at church leaders' events, Gil has visited several countries where significant revival and church renewal has taken place. He has served for many years as a pastor of Truth and Liberation Concern in Melbourne, a church widely known for relating to people of non-Christian backgrounds. For twelve years, he edited 'Working Together', the quarterly publication of the Australian Evangelical Alliance, which sought to equip churches to meet the challenges of being God's people in this post- Christendom era. His many articles have been published in Australia and beyond. Gil is also the author of 'Liberating Leadership' and 'Church on the Mezzanine Floor'. This is his third book. Gil is married to Cathie and they have five adult children and ten grandchildren. They live in the Yarra Valley, east of Melbourne, Victoria.
This book is a refreshing exploration into the most pressing issues facing the church as it moves into an ever-changing future. It is a timely call to leaders and churches to understand afresh who we are and then embrace who Jesus is calling us to be in the wake of a resistant, distracted and idol-centric culture.Rev Ralph MayhewMinister at the Village Church, Burleigh, QueenslandChurch-planter and author of The Anonymous Leader and How to Create the Organisational Culture You Want________________________________________________________________________________________Here's a massive claim: each chapter of this book is worth the price of the book on its own. What Gil Cann proposes are not just 'good ideas', but practical signposts for kingdom-seeking churches and Christians. Gil writes and the reader sees 'pictures'--his style is pictorial without the actual drawings! Distilled biblical theology, coupled to practical application, will get ideas rolling in readers' minds--from the smallest rural church to the largest church in suburbia.Here we have a thoughtful observer with a heart for the church. The ideas here are doctoral stuff, but so simply unravelled as to be accessible to children. Get this book into the hands of young adults to read and discuss. Then, pastor friend, give them some free rein!The overview of causes of church disconnection with culture will set you thinking, questioning and applying. Tucked into the flow of the text are some one-line summaries simplifying complex ideas with disarming brevity.Gil also touches on other related issues, such as: the weakness of a church seeking social approval--and thus failing to stick with its mandate; modern secularism's obsession with the 'fruit', but its rejection of the root of its Judeo-Christian legacy.The chapter on organic church is a tract for our times: 'Leaders lead by serving, not serve by leading.''We change verbs into nouns.''We miss the vital simplicity of organic church.'Here are principles and guidelines for organic church that are often 'misplaced' by our preoccupation with organisation. At best, organisation is the means, 'the scaffolding', for the building. And 'feeding the soil rather than the plants' is an image you will want to work through carefully with your leadership team.In the face of society's rising secularism, the fact is that a healthy, authentic church is our community's most necessary resource. In this respect, 'Sunday service or family reunion?' (chapter 10) is thought- provoking. Pastors and elders who are game to make this their purpose on Sunday morning will reap new, stronger life in their congregations.Whilst reading the pages on the significance of work and its connection to the Sunday service, I immediately set about writing a sermon on the subject. And I was only half-way through the chapter! There is more, much more. This book is really for everyone who wants to have a meaningful role in their congregation.Rev. Ian L. ClarksonAdvocate, writer, researcher on the gospel in contemporary culture Consulting Minister of HopeNet, a network of sixty evangelical Uniting Churches, SA, AustraliaChairman of The Barnabas Fund, Australia