Reviewing Criag Groeshel’s IT – How Churches and Leaders can Get IT and Keep IT


I knew when I visited a few months ago that they had IT. I met with Bobby Gruenewald and several of the staff and each person, well, each person had IT and that led to an organization that had IT.

When I read a copy of Craig Groeshel’s book, I understood why.

In the book Craig presents a compelling look at IT. Although he admits he cannot define it – it’s sort of a “you’ll know it when you see it” feeling – he does a great job helping us understand IT and know what’s needed to create IT.

He writes: “I can’t tell you exactly what IT is. Part of what makes it IT is that it defies categorization. IT won’t reduce to a memorable slogan. IT is far more special than that. That’s why I’ve come to embrace the fact that God makes IT happen. IT is from Him. IT is by Him. IT is for His glory. We can’t create IT. We can’t reproduce IT. We can’t manufacture IT.”

 “IT is what God does through a rare combination of these qualities found in his people:

  • Passion for his presence
  • A deep craving to reach the lost
  • Sincere integrity
  • Spirit-filled faith
  • Down-to-earth humility
  • Brokenness

Craig then, in the next few chapters writes about what contributes to IT. Attributes like vision, divine focus, unmistakable camaraderie, hearts focused outward and several others give us a path and an understanding of what we need to do as leaders to help our organizations approach IT.

One nice touch is several profiles of pastors whose ministries have IT.

Lastly, Craig shares how organizations can get IT back and how they can guard IT.

It’s not a long book, but it’s graphically very pleasing and a very good read. I highly recommend it to any church leader.


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