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Don't Rock the Boat, Capsize It: Loving the Church Too Much to Leave It the Way It Is [Paperback]

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Pages   186
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.24" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.51"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2005
Publisher   NAV PRESS #111
ISBN  1576836460  
EAN  9781576836460  

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Author and pastor Rick Bundschuh decided rocking the boat just isn't enough. We need to turn the whole thing over and reexamine what the church should be about. With this in mind, Rick set out on a journey to create a local church deep in spiritual commitment and rich in relevancy. Using engaging stories as a lever, Rick pries open many long-held assumptions about "church." He pours in some heart-probing, real-life examples to help pastors and anyone who cares deeply about the church rethink what it means to truly "be" the body of Christ and carry out His mission by practicing what we preach.

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Rick Bundschuh gives us a clear reminder that we aren't here to do church, we're here to be the church. Learn to live out your faith while reexamining what the church should be about.

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More About Rick Bundschuh

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Rick Bundshuh is a pastor, veteran youth worker, writer, speaker, and published cartoonist. He serves as a teaching pastor at Kauai Christian Fellowship. He worked with Bethany Hamilton on her bestselling "Soul Surfer" book. He lives with his beautiful wife, Lauren, their kids, weenie dog, and a quiver of surfboards. Rick is also the author of "Deep Like Me."

Rick Bundschuh currently resides in the state of Hawaii. Rick Bundschuh was born in 1951.

Rick Bundschuh has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Soul Surfer
  2. Talksheets

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Great out of the box ideas  Apr 22, 2008
Rick will make you think about how you do church in this book. A must read if you are re-evaluating your ministry or if you feel stuck in a rut.
Does the church as a whole just seem to be missing something, then read this book.  Jan 9, 2006
I found this book so refreshing from so much of what is out there. It really gets you thinking outside of the man-made religious box. It is full of a lot of good thoughts to get us out of our "religious rut" Yes, the church as a whole is in a rut! But it lacks in scripture references which is something I like to see in any Christian book. So as a theology book this is not a 5 star book, but to get you thinking, "do I love the church too much to leave it the way it is?" For that, this book serves its purpose and gets my vote as a 4 star book.
Astounding - Full of Life - Truly Refreshing  Sep 16, 2005
Oh to have grown up in a church like Bundschuh pastors! This is a quick and easy read, and honestly was a page-turner for me. The chapters are short and to the point. In each, he tells a story or gives an example where he basically took a case of dynamite and threw it into the heart of the religious system...of all the religious junk we humans tend to hold onto for our comfort and security...that usually distracts us from the very thing we profess to be "all about": Jesus Christ.

Buy the book...heck, by a few cases of the book and give it to everyone in your church body...discuss it...grapple with he too extreme? Does what he did bother you? Good! Figure out why...and ask God to continually shake up the religious "stuff" you're holding onto by any means necessary.

This book is anything BUT a neat little guide for how to be a more effective, authentic church community. (The LAST thing we need is more of those!) But it's a great discussion really gets your wheels turning in an extremely healthy way.
just what i needed!  Jul 1, 2005
this book came to me at the perfect time. i am a part of a church plant in a beach resort area and mike's experience and ideas were extremely helpful. the chapter on "herding cats" was helpful in reshaping my outlook on the average american christian today.
i think mike achieved his goal in inspiring us to think outside the box and in getting our creative juices flowing. i recommend this book to anyone in ministry and anyone wishing to get a glimpse into the heart of ministers today who genuinely desire to bring the lost into fellowship with Jesus Chrsit and other believers. Maybe it will inspire some "bench-warmers" to get out of their seats and serve, as well!
Fun and imaginative  Apr 16, 2005
Bundschuh describes this as "a scrapbook of musings and mumblings" (p17-18). In fact, what it is is a VERY cute collection of column-like, diary-like, blog-like observations about life and the church. This is Bundschuh in his own voice, and it's an enjoyable read.

The energy of the book is excited and experimental. It's a bit Mike-Yaconelli-esque as he refers to the wild things that congregations can do for God, with a touch of Tony Campolo as he encourages us to "cook sacred cows"(p30) and describes his congregation throwing a Winter Ball for special education high school students. Bundschuh sounds like he's having a lot of fun in ministry, and it makes you want to do it too. He describes how the pastoral staff skipped church one Sunday and left a note on the front door encouraging the congregation to make the best of it, then followed up the next week with a sermon on the importance of everyone taking part in church. Sometimes the church wandered into chaos as it rotated the preaching around to different members of the church and gave keys to every room in the church out to every family. But risk-taking is what his church does.

The only weakness of the book (and it's a small one), is that Bundschuh is still coming of age in his word choice. And by that I mean, he refers to an idea from one of his congregation members as "very dumb" (p. 23) and calls some congregation members "nut cases" (p. 40). At his worst he admits "I'm a lousy counselor," and then goes on unnecessarily with this gem about long counseling appointments: "I figure that if you can't get it sorted out within the hour I'll give you a 39-cent bullet that can put you out of your misery" (p. 164). It's great that Bundschuh at several points has the humility to admit to what he doesn't do well, but humility is not a substitute for not saying stupid things like that. However, by and large he's cleaned up his act. Most of the book sounds warm and whimsical.

To locate Bundschuh philosophically: this is the non-denominational church's longing for tradition. Bundschuh joins this lineage in reflections that urge the overthrow of boring conformism and yet stretch for opportunities to expose his congregation to the history of great thinkers and great faith. It's as if he wants to say, "I think Christianity used to be passionate, we just have no forefathers to ask." In this sense he joins Dan Kimball (whom he mentions), Brian McLaren, and Leonard Sweet in their search for profundity without tradition. It's hard to call the old times cool when we've spent so much time as youth pastors combating them. We can't cherish a tradition we don't have. So we pick bits and pieces of history that have no authority other than that they sound deep to us.

That said, Bundschuh's book is a fun, witty read filled with creative and provocative examples of what a flexible church can do. I'd make the book a gift to congregation members.

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