Orange is so thankful to have Gordon MacDonald participate in The Orange Conference 2011! We think today is a great day to get to know him a little more!
MacDonald has been a pastor and author for more than 40 years. A former chairman of World Relief, he presently serves as editor-at-large for Leadership Journal. His most recent books include Who Stole My Church, A Resilient Life, The Life God Blesses, Renewing Your Spiritual Passion, Rebuilding Your Broken World, and the bestseller, Ordering Your Private World. MacDonald can often be found hiking the mountains of New England or Switzerland with his wife, Gail, or their five grandchildren.
MacDonald’s latest book, Who Stole My Church: What to Do When the Church You Love Tries to Enter the 21st Century, addresses the question: Has my church been hijacked?
Millions of people in their 50s, 60s, and 70s feel their churches have been hijacked by church-growth movements characterized by loud praise bands, constant PowerPoint presentations, and cavernous megachurches devoid of any personal touch. They are bewildered by the changes, and are dropping out after 30, 40, or 50 years in a congregation. It’s a crisis!
In this fictional story, MacDonald uses topical examples and all-too-familiar characters to reassure readers that it is possible to embrace change, and to demonstrate how that change can actually be a positive influence in their church. The church, he says, has always been in a state of change; it has been changing for the last 2,000 years. It is time to embrace that change and use it to further the Kingdom of God.
MacDonald’s popular, Ordering Your Private World is a phenomenal bestseller of over 1 million copies since its original release in 1984. With revisions and new material, it is ever more timely to readers. Never admitting to have it all together, but rather using his own personal struggle as a way for readers to relate to his principles, Gordon MacDonald’s classic book invites readers to bring order to their personal life by inviting God’s control over every segment of their lives. His premise is that if the private world of a person is in order, it will be because they are convinced that the inner world of the spiritual must govern the outer world of activity.
To order Who Stole My Church?, click here.