Andrew Taylor was discouraged about his congregation. He'd planted Northpoint Community Church in Fishers, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis, several years earlier. The church had grown in numbers, but Andrew's concern was for its spiritual depth. The congregation, made up of "good, nice people," was comfortable with the climate.
Andrew was not.
Like so many pastors, Andrew wanted to turn up the thermostat. He wanted for his congregation a hotter faith. He wanted to see them grow passionate about their walk with Christ. He wanted them often on their knees in prayer. He wanted more for his people than pleasant moments on Sunday morning.
The pastor shared his frustration with his father, also a minister. Andrew's dad recommended he read Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala. The story of Cymbala's church, the Brooklyn Tabernacle, further enflamed Andrew's desires. But it also frustrated him.
Brooklyn Tab's Tuesday night prayer meeting is legendary. Nearly 3,000 people pack the sanctuary for ...1