David S. Young approaches the need for renewal with a spiritual thrust and an active servant leader style. He gives systematic help in how to be a healthy church with an urgent mission. This manual helps a church cultivate its spiritual life, train leaders, and focus efforts in ministries which express its identity and call.
Rather than the pastor working solo, a renewal team is trained that gets the entire congregation involved. The team works with the church to look at its strengths and discover new life. Rather than using a diagnostic model of church renewal, find out what is wrong and fix it, the process uses an affirmative model, find out what is right and builds upon it.
This book is written from David Young's experience in pastoring in the local church, teaching in seminaries, leading cluster work, writing two books in the field, and keeping one foot planted in a church working on renewal. Young has learned, developed, lived, taught and tested this model.