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The third book in the trilogy that explores the popularmissional movement From Reggie McNeal, the bestselling author of The PresentFuture and Missional Renaissance, comes the third bookin the series that helps to define and illuminate the popularmissional movement. This newest book in the trilogy examines anatural outgrowth of the move toward a missional orientation: thedeconstruction of congregations into very small Christiancommunities. For all those thousands of churches and leaders whohave followed Reggie McNeal's bold lead, this book details the riseof a new life form in churches. Discusses how to move a church from an internal to an externalministry focus Reggie McNeal is a recognized leader in the missionalmovement Outlines an alternative to the program church model that isfocused on the projects and passions of the congregants This book draws on McNeal's twenty years of leadership roles inlocal congregations and his work over the last decade withthousands of clergy and church leaders.
You don’t need to have the talents of a rock star or the wisdom of Yoda to effectively and naturally live a life on mission with God. And you do not have to add a big list of new activities to your life! Instead, it is the everyday ordinary things done with greater gospel-intentionality...slowly over time...that make all the difference. Biblical and super practical, Small Is Big, Slow Is Fast helps readers respond to Jesus’ call to each of us to be a missionary right where we live—in our own families and neighborhoods. It shows you step by step the essential elements that create environments for organic kingdom growth and multiplication. Whether you’re looking to lead your own family or are taking first steps toward starting a church that has discipleship and mission at its core, you will discover the secret to starting out small and going (seemingly) slower—and not feeling guilty about it. And you’ll be encouraged to trust that when you lay the right foundations, multi-plication will occur and will always be “faster” and more successful in the long run.
A new brand of apostolic ministry for today's world The Permanent Revolution is a work of theologicalre-imagination and re-construction that draws from biblicalstudies, theology, organizational theory, leadership studies, andkey social sciences. The book elaborates on the apostolic rolerooted in the five-fold ministry from Ephesians 4 (apostles,prophets, evangelists, shepherds, and teacher), and itssignificance for the missional movement. It explores how theapostolic ministry facilitates ongoing renewal in the life of thechurch and focuses on leadership in relation to missionalinnovation and entrepreneurship.The authors examine the nature oforganization as reframed through the lens of apostolicministry. Shows how to view the world through a biblical perspective andcontinue the "permanent revolution" that Jesus started Outlines the essential characteristics of apostolic movementand how to restructure the church and ministry to be moreconsistent with them Alan Hirsch is a leading voice in the missional movement of theChristian West This groundbreaking book integrates theology, sociology, andleadership to further define the apostolic movement.
Our goal as Christians and Christian ministers is never simply to build our own tribe. Instead, we seek the peace and prosperity of the city or community in which we are placed, through a gospel movement led by the Holy Spirit. Movements like these do not follow a “bounded-set” approach in which you only work with others who can sign off on nearly all your distinctive beliefs and practices. Rather it follows a “centered-set” orientation in which you work most closely with those who face with you toward the same center. That center is a classic, orthodox understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ, a common mission to reach and serve your city, and a commitment to have a generous, Christ-focused posture toward people who disagree with you. It’s a type of movement that is missional, integrative, and dynamic. There is an ongoing conversation today about the nature of the church’s mission and its relationship to the work of individual Christians in the world. This eBook contains the sixth part of Center Church, “Missional Community.” In it, Keller looks at the history of the discussion, outlines what it looks like to be a missional church today, offers some words of caution about the missional conversation, and suggests how churches can practically equip their people in missional living.
What would a theology of the Church look like that took seriously the fact that North America is now itself a mission field? This question lies at the foundation of this volume written by an ecumenical team of six noted missiologists—Lois Barrett, Inagrace T. Dietterich, Darrell L. Guder, George R. Hunsberger, Alan J. Roxburgh, and Craig Van Gelder. The result of a three-year research project undertaken by The Gospel and Our Culture Network, this book issues a firm challenge for the church to recover its missional call right here in North America, while also offering the tools to help it do so. The authors examine North America s secular culture and the church s loss of dominance in today s society. They then present a biblically based theology that takes seriously the church s missional vocation and draw out the consequences of this theology for the structure and institutions of the church.
Discover the tools to create a new kind of church and move from merely surviving to thriving. Drawing on an extensive two-year field study of 200 churches from a variety of denominations and geographic regions, Milfred Minatrea--a missiologist, urban strategist and practioner in minister--presents the best practices for re-energizing Christian spirituality in a congregational setting. He provides readers with the tools for assessing their congregation’s position on the continuum between maintenance and mission and for determining the actions that will move them toward becoming a missional community. He also outlines key strategies that successful churches have used to become relevant in a postmodern society without losing what is distinctly Christian in their spiritual practices. Milfred Minatrea (Irving, TX) is Director of the Missional Church Center for the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
It seems that nearly everyone is talking about missional change for congregations. As a result, many church leaders are attempting to drive that kind of change for the ministries they lead. Some succeed. But many others hit a wall of considerable frustration as they find that congregations resist the very change that is so needed. The reasons for this resistance are many, and they are explored in this volume. What is required to move a church from resistance to readiness? Some resistance is deeply rooted in spiritual patterns. But there are other reasons as well, and they center on trust--personal trust in the leaders who offer missional change. For this work, the authors have done extensive primary and secondary research to identify patterns and behaviors that invite missional leadership. More than that, they've lived this out in their own ministries as pastors of traditional congregations. This book thus offers compelling first-person stories and congregational case studies alongside more generalized findings. Leading Missional Change was written to support pastors and other church leaders who experience resistance, to share wisdom and experience that may lead to readiness, and to give hope and encouragement toward a re-energizing of your own congregation.