Amazing Faith was a hard book for me to put down. I read every page. It's the kind of book that leaders and members alike can profit from.
The author, Wilfredo "Pastor Choco" de Jesus, leads an amazing church, and he has captured its heartbeat through a powerful series of stories. The narrative weaves back and forth between a heart-touching story of life change at the church and a parallel example or teaching in Scripture, both told in a compelling way. By reading the book, my faith was encouraged and stretched, but I also came to understand how a church of 150 people became the largest-attendance church today in the Assembly of God, both English and Spanish. Combining all campuses, plus the churches they've planted over the last 10 years, New Life Covenant touches about 14,000 people each weekend.
The book, available in both English and Spanish (Fe Asombrosa), demonstrates the empowerment, hope, and life change through Jesus Christ that has propelled the remarkable growth of New Life Covenant. It's truly a story of amazing faith, as the title says.
Learn First-Hand from This Amazing Church
I asked for the privilege of spending a day with Pastor Choco last year because, as I've blogged elsewhere here and here , Hispanics/Latinos who prefer English are the fastest-growing segment of the American population. This fact affects churches as well. I'm convinced that churches led by Hispanic/Latino pastors, especially those reaching a second generation population, are beginning to explode in number and size, and will continue to do so in the coming years.
Pastor Choco and New Life Covenant are one of the nation's leading models of ministry with growing, second generation Hispanic/Latino, English friendly congregations.
In fact, on October 9, 2013, they are hosting a Leadership Network forum for pastors of similar congregations. This particular roundtable is limited to Hispanic/Latino leaders of churches with 1,000 and higher in attendance. If that's you or someone you know, please take a look at this information page.
Enjoy this powerful book, and I hope to see some of you in October!