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This isn't just another how-to book. Nor is it a 7-step program. It is a genuine story about what it costs in prayer, time, decision-making, commitment, planning and people resource to become a church that is focused on reaching more and more people--no matter where or who they are--for Jesus' Church. Making Church Real gives the reader a front-row seat to the dynamics, drama and details involved in leading transformation through honest mentoring dialogues between Pastor D and Joe and their leaders. The careful weaving of reality and mercy, possibility and grace, offer those with even just a little hope the encouragement to grab hold, tie a knot, and hang on to see if something can actually happen to their church and community. The book's central insight-that the key to making church REAL ultimately is not in what we do, but in who we are in relationship to God and one another-has powerful implications not only for pastors, but for anyone seeking to make their congregation more relevant, enthusiastic, authentic and loving.