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How do we live out the message of Jesus in today’s ever-changing culture? The church is facing its greatest challenge—and its greatest opportunity—in our postmodern, post-Christian world. God is drawing thousands of spiritually curious “imperfect people” to become his church—but how are we doing at welcoming them? No Perfect People Allowed shows you how to deconstruct theHow do we live out the message of Jesus in today’s ever-changing culture? The church is facing its greatest challenge—and its greatest opportunity—in our postmodern, post-Christian world. God is drawing thousands of spiritually curious “imperfect people” to become his church—but how are we doing at welcoming them? No Perfect People Allowed shows you how to deconstruct the five main barriers standing between emerging generations and your church by creating the right culture. From inspiring stories of real people once far from God, to practical ideas that can be applied by any local church, this book offers a refreshing vision of the potential and power of the Body of Christ to transform lives today. “We now are living in a post-Christian America—and that means we must be rethinking ministry through a missionary mindset. What makes this book both unique and extremely helpful is that it is filled with real-life stories of post-Christian people becoming followers of Jesus—not just statistics or data about them.” Dan Kimball, Author, The Emerging Church ". . . John's 'get it' factor with people, lost or found, is something to behold! Reading this book filled me with optimism regarding the next generation of pastors and faith communities . . . " Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church No Perfect People Allowed is a timely and necessary word for church leaders in a post Christian culture. John Burke serves up quite a tasty meal full of the rich nutrients that will strengthen the Body of Christ. Randy Frazee, Senior Pastor, Pantego Bible Church; Author, The Connecting Church and Making Room for Life...

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No Perfect People Allowed: Creating a Come-as-You-Are Culture in the Church Reviews

  • Phil Whittall
    2018-10-17 23:06

    What kind of church is your church? Who is welcome at your church? I mean really welcome. Would the gay activist, the muslim, the local thief or drunk? What behaviours do they have to conform to before they’re welcome?John Burke sets out to help churches create genuinely welcoming church cultures that takes broken people and leads them to Christ and does a very good job in this helpful book.I have to confess, I first started reading this book several years ago on my to hear John speak here in Stockholm. And then over the next few years, this book sat on my desk while I read dozens of other books that would get promoted to the top of the reading pile. Only recently, did I pick it up again and even then I read other books while trying to read this one. This is a shame, because this is a resource, I suspect, that I will turn to again and again.There were a few things that have moved on a bit since this book was written. John refers regularly to the emerging church and includes his own Gateway Church, Austin and as a multi-site mega church that does video preaching and has its own marketing & human resources departments you can be fairly sure that what the author meant by emerging church is not what it means now.It’s used to describe churches that are focused on reaching the post-modern generation the children of the 70s and 80s who grew up in an environment where the historical givens and certainties had been stripped away but nothing concrete had taken its place. As a result, it’s a generation that struggles with trust, tolerance, truth, brokenness and aloneness.Taking each of those five issues in turn, he looks at how to create a come as you are culture but one in which people are changed by coming to Christ. It’s full of well-thought through responses, dozens of encouraging stories of life-change and a desire to see people made whole through knowing Christ.As a large and growing church there was also a definite method to their responses – this church has a programme for everything! Struggling with addiction, join our addiction programme. Married, engaged, divorced, friendly with a Buddhist? We have a course for you.What’s good is that this church has clearly mobilised the people they’ve helped and turned them into contributors to help other people in similar situations. However not every church can run, train or sustain so many courses, programmes and individual ministries.And however challenging the multi-cultural, post-modern faith climate of Austin, Texas is – it’s still a world away from secular Europe. There’s a hefty amount of contextualising that needs to be done as you read this book.Those points, notwithstanding, this is an excellent resource book that will be required reading for all future small group leaders, pastoral leaders and any other kind of leader that has contact with people.

  • Josh Mccoy
    2018-10-19 20:48

    I absolutely LOVED this book. I read it at a time when I was really beginning to question my faith. I was not questioning it because of God himself, but because I saw the stale lifeless faith of most of the "Christians" around me. This book gave me a vision for what my faith and the Church should be about and gave me direction for my walk with God.The author talks a lot about his experience starting Gateway church in Texas but it is mainly about the driving vision and character Burke believes is the basis for the Church as a whole and so he used these ideas for his church as well.This book is one of the 2-3 books that has literally changed the course of my life and I thank God for it! I could not recommend it more highly!

  • Brad Ruggles
    2018-09-24 02:08

    One of the cornerstone books that helped shape our church plant. If I am asked by church planters what is the one book that I would recommend that they read prior to planting a church, I recommend this one.

  • John
    2018-10-21 03:54

    a book about emergent churches. just an ok read, a little sappy every once in a while.

  • Matt Burgess
    2018-10-03 21:52

    No Perfect People Allowed: Creating a Come As You Are Culture in the Church (2007), John BurkeJohn Burke hits the nail on the head with his book about spiritual leadership. He provides a refreshing read for anyone frustrated with the hypocritical stereotype that plagues Christianity. Although the overabundance of word for word conservations makes the book unnecessarily lengthy, those conversations coupled with his observations and experiences outlined in this book bring authenticity to a vision of the Christian church. And what you will find in the book is that the definition of church is probably not what you think of it today, or perhaps it describes exactly what you think it should be.Don't be misled by the subtitle, this book is for anyone questioning the validity of the church but more importantly it is for any Christian that may have the smallest inkling of leadership both inside and outside the walls of what we've created as the American church building.John Burke's No Perfect People Allowed is recommended!

  • Clint
    2018-09-23 20:53

    A long book filled with many personal stories of people being lead to Christ by a loving and accepting group of Christ-followers from a non-denominational church in Austin, TX. I enjoyed reading this book and hearing testimonies from others in their struggles and temptations of sin and how the love of Christ was shared with them through the actions of Christ-followers and not simply because someone tried to "convert" them to Jesus. For as Jesus stated in scripture, the greatest commandment is to Love God and the second is to Love each other. In by doing this, non-believers will feel accepted and a sense of belonging which will hopefully encourage them to come to Christ on their own. You can't force someone to become a believer in Christ and follow him, but you can love them as Christ would and let Christ work through you to engulf their aching heart and make that life-changing choice on their own.

  • brookerains
    2018-10-15 20:01

    WHAT? I typed a review for this and it seems to have disappeared into the interweb. Well, I think the content is splendid and his ideas on a church that can survive/thrive in the 21st Century are brilliant but I didn't like the writing style; it felt contrived at times and the slang was like my mom trying to talk cool, which is never well-received. Example "Word on the street says..." or the general use of crack...I think my peers are more into meth and/or prescription drugs. It seems like the intended audience is someone not in my generation but it is still worth reading and, as I mentioned, great content.

  • Monique Gerke
    2018-09-20 22:48

    Muito bom!! Os ensinamentos desse livro ficarão marcados na minha vida! Deus tem aberto (e abriu) meus olhos para tantas questões sobre a igreja, o corpo de Cristo, assim como o amor pelas pessoas do mundo, que antes eu não dava a devida atenção, o amor necessário. Um livro extremamente prático, que deve ser aplicado na cultura em que estamos inseridos. Trata-se de criar uma cultura de "venha como você está", usando nossa vida como canal de cura e amor na vida das pessoas. Eis me aqui Senhor, usa-me! ✍

  • Ricardo
    2018-10-09 00:16

    This is a leader oriented book, written by pastor John Burke, where he shares his experiences as a emergent church pastor, advisor and servant. It is interesting, that most of the cases stated in the book are actual and related with a post-modern society, as today's society. Nevertheless, this is not a theology book as it might sound or look like, but an almost biography regarding the observation of broken and battered people being restored, changing lives and testifying their experiences.

  • Jerry
    2018-09-22 22:57

    This book was better than I thought it would be. Judging it by its cover, Burke wants a church where everyone is comfortable by accommodating the church to our culture. But the subtitle should have read "Creating a come as you are but don't stay that way culture in the church." He holds the line in many places but buckles at others--"create a postmodern worship service!"

  • Bruce
    2018-10-12 20:59

    This is one of the best books I have read on what the church needs to be in order to relate and communicate to our existing postmodern culture. This is not just theory, but the working experience of a successful church. Great book! Highly recommended. It has changed a lot of thinking and approaches, and will continue to do so for a long time.

  • Jacob
    2018-10-10 04:07

    Honestly, I did a "quick read" of this book. We were reading it for a book club of sorts so I had to power through it. It was pretty good, and the guy had some interesting stories, but I feel like the book could have been half the length and still communicated exactly what the author set out to say.

  • Stephanie
    2018-10-07 22:16

    I haven't been this engaged in a Christian non-fiction book in a long time. Gateway church reaches out to Austin's quirky post-modern population in a way that speaks truth to the come-as-you-are culture. There are lots of personal stories and the principles could be adapted for other churches in other places.

  • Megan
    2018-10-13 22:15

    this book was incredible. i would love to move just to go to this church. i love the culture that this church- its leaders and congregation- has created. this is how i think its supposed to be. reading this book challenged me on my own stereotypes and prejudices (for "christians" and "non-christians". i highly recommend this book to everyone!

  • Glen
    2018-10-07 21:08

    Not a bad book. Has some great points and so dull areas. His use of real life examples makes the book creditable and the fact his church still uses the methodology (for the most part) lends further credence to it. The forth star comes from the credibility of the book based upon real life results.

  • Karla Seyb-stockton
    2018-10-18 22:51

    I found this book inspiring and gives me hope for the church as a whole. There are pockets of Christianity like this but if this was the more prevalent style of Christianity there would a lot less damage done in the name of religion. I like to think our church fits this model, but we definitely have room for improvement.

  • Julie
    2018-10-14 23:47

    This was an inspiring book in many ways. I appreciated the stories and felt that the writer was very humble about the ways God has used him and the people at Gateway to reach people who the traditional church MIT consider I reachable. I gave it 4 stars because of the length. I agree with others who said the basic premise of the book was obvious and it could have been shorter.

  • Jodi
    2018-09-26 02:02

    Not as well written as I might like but a great story of how a congregation can be accepting and loving to the point of drawing people in and loving them into change, not requiring them to change in order to feel comfortable.

  • Mike Jones
    2018-10-20 01:49

    If you want to live and do ministry missionally, this book will blow your mind! Burke helped open my eyes to the changing culture we live and gave definition to the people God has called me to be a part in reaching.

  • Dan
    2018-09-25 03:14

    This book greatly influenced the way I think about church. I don't endorse everything in this book, but it was certainly helpful in informing me, and raising hard questions to think through, in regards to the church.

  • Sherilyn
    2018-10-13 02:17

    This book challenged me, convicted me and sometimes did not sit well with me but it definitely made me think about things in a different way. A great read for anyone who was raised in a legalistic background.

  • Jake
    2018-10-10 01:48

    Jesus came back for sinners willing to humble there self and accept his free gift eternal life. This book is abought Gods perfect work in imperfect people and how the church should accept everyone as Christ would!We are all sinners saved by grace and it is never our place to judge!

  • Jessica
    2018-10-04 20:08

    I rarely don't finish a book- but I didn't finish this one. The point was that it doesn't matter what we say-- if we don't show people the love of Christ, it won't matter. I'm not sure the book needed so many stories and chapters to get this point across.

  • Kenny Conley
    2018-10-17 04:05

    My pastor wrote this book, but I read it before I came to work at Gateway. This is the first book I've read that truly describes what ministry to the post-modern culture looks like when it comes from a church with this as it's DNA, not a church taking on an approach/strategy. INSPIRATIONAL!

  • Charles Fisher
    2018-10-11 03:04

    Even though this book is almost a decade old, I feel it is still on point with so many hot button issues. The stories shares were relatable and real. Only a few times did I find myself disagreeing, but I never felt like I had to stop reading.

  • Suzanne Benner
    2018-09-26 01:15

    Bought the book after I heard John Burke speak. Great insight into how to talk with hurting people.

  • Christine
    2018-10-13 02:57

    Great read for those in church leadership today. Have a bit of a biased opinion since I've been at Gateway Church since it's really early days.

  • Jonathan P.
    2018-10-10 22:48

    This is simply a great book. A lot of stories, and there is this chapter that is worth the price of the whole book. Enough said, get this book

  • Rustin klafka
    2018-09-21 00:54

    this book has great stories about life changing relationships. it is a good look at how christianity should act.

  • Andrew
    2018-10-17 03:58

    Good helpful book. Skimmed through some of it but stories of people really interesting. Worth a quick read.