While our nation sings the anthem of individuality and praises the strength of independence, The Jesus Plan calls Christians back to the heart of the matter, rediscovering relationships and community as the way to reach our lost family and friends. Christ, himself, worked not within the confined walls of a church building to change lives, but went into the world to find the needy. Driesbach reminds us of our reponsiblity to the witness of Christ's life, not limiting it to the institution of church. The need for church is not the question at hand, but our 'definition' of church. Did Christ not speak of more than buildings, programming, and sermons? The Jesus Plan is inviting Christians to take up the lost discipline of relational ministry, exemplified by Christ.
Dreisbach offers a decent model for small groups that creative church leadership could adapt. I think his handling of "traditional" church wasn't as well thought out as it could have been. I selected the book knowing I was reading something profoundly different from some of the other church leadership books I had been reading. I would have much rather he just outlined this as a "House Church" model and marketed the book as such. Sure we can make the claim that the early churches in the New Testament were house churches but that was because Christianity was so new. The church building was a product of the need for a house of worship that evolved from the house church.
My advice to church leaders considering the book? Take the basics that are presented here and give thoughtful study to the paradigms that are presented. I felt those were helpful. The rest is just rehashed material. You'd be better off buying a book like "Can We Do That?" by Andy Stanley and Ed Young