Introducing the Missional Church Allelon Missional Series

"Roxburgh and Boren offer the clearest explication of missional thinking. I believe this book is the very best on the missional church. Highly recommended.

Author: Alan J. Roxburgh

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 1441207910

Category: Religion

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Many pastors and church leaders have heard the term "missional" but have only a vague idea of what it means, let alone why it might be important to them. But what does it actually mean? What does a missional church look like and how does it function? Two leading voices in the missional movement here provide an accessible introduction, showing readers how the movement developed, why it's important, and how churches can become more missional. Introducing the Missional Church demonstrates that ours is a post-Christian culture, making it necessary for church leaders to think like missionaries right here at home. Focusing on a process that allows a church to discern its unique way of being missional, it guides readers on a journey that will lead them to implement a new set of missional practices in their churches. The authors demonstrate that living missionally is about discerning and joining God's work in the world in order to be a witness to God's kingdom on earth.
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Introducing the Missional Church

"Roxburgh and Boren offer the clearest explication of missional thinking. I believe this book is the very best on the missional church. Highly recommended.

Author: Alan J. Roxburgh

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 0801072123

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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Many pastors and church leaders have heard the term "missional" but have only a vague idea of what it means, let alone why it might be important to them. But what does it actually mean? What does a missional church look like and how does it function? Two leading voices in the missional movement here provide an accessible introduction, showing readers how the movement developed, why it's important, and how churches can become more missional. Introducing the Missional Church demonstrates that ours is a post-Christian culture, making it necessary for church leaders to think like missionaries right here at home. Focusing on a process that allows a church to discern its unique way of being missional, it guides readers on a journey that will lead them to implement a new set of missional practices in their churches. The authors demonstrate that living missionally is about discerning and joining God's work in the world in order to be a witness to God's kingdom on earth.
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Missional Allelon Missional Series

With inspiring true stories and a solid biblical base, this is a book that will change lives and communities as its message is lived out. "This is the best book yet from one of the leading voices in the missional conversation.

Author: Alan J. Roxburgh

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 9781441214591

Category: Religion

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The burgeoning missional church movement is a sign that believers are increasingly feeling the call to impact their communities, which is a good thing. But, says Alan J. Roxburgh, these conversations still prioritize church success over mission--how can being missional grow my church? But to focus on such questions misses the point. In Missional, Roxburgh calls Christians to reenter their neighborhoods and communities to discover what the Spirit is doing there--to start with God's mission. He then encourages readers to shape their local churches around that mission. With inspiring true stories and a solid biblical base, Missional is a book that will change lives and communities as its message is lived out.
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Missional Church

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 ...

Author: Daniel L. Guder

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802843506

Category: Religion

Page: 280

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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.
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Structured for Mission

We cannot simply replace old institutions with new ones. We need to examine the underlying stories, metaphors and cultures that give organizations their meaningfulness.

Author: Alan J. Roxburgh

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830898589

Category: Religion

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The church is living in a time of massive, unprecedented change. Traditional institutions and structures are unraveling in response to rapid social, demographic and economic developments. The existing ways of being the church are no longer meaningful to many. How should the church respond? Many seek to address this situation by tweaking the established institutions, finding new structures, reorganizing congregations or renewing long-established practices. Some even argue that we need to abandon structures and institutions altogether. We regularly hear proposals for missional churches, organic churches, simple churches, fresh expressions churches and so on. Alan Roxburgh argues that we need to look deeper. Structures embody the core narratives that shape how people see the world. We cannot simply replace old institutions with new ones. We need to examine the underlying stories, metaphors and cultures that give organizations their meaningfulness. The crisis of the church today is a crisis not of institution but of imagination. In Structured for Mission, Roxburgh challenges the church to become a place where people are empowered to reimagine their religious life and experiment with new ways of being the church in a local context. We are living in a brave new world. Will the church be ready?
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Missional Small Groups Allelon Missional Series

This is a must-read for anyone interested in living out small group life within the church for the sake of the world."--Craig Van Gelder, PhD, professor of congregational mission, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN "Wow!

Author: M. Scott Boren

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 9781441212290

Category: Religion

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Small groups are a great place to connect with other churchgoers, but many wonder, is this all there is? Is sitting in a living room, talking about a book or watching a video the extent of what we can do together? Isn't being a Christian community about something more than this? Pastor and author Scott Boren thinks so. In this latest release from missional thinktank Allelon, Boren gives leaders and members of small groups the tools they need to make an impact on their communities. Beginning with a gentle critique of current small group models, Boren goes on to show how a uniquely Christian paradigm can set groups free to transform their communities. The final section of the book offers over twenty practices that groups can do to become more missional. Ultimately Missional Small Groups is about helping groups follow Jesus by equipping them to bring his message and healing to a hurting world.
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Pentecostalism Secularism and Post Christendom

Introducing the Missional Church: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How to Become
One. Grand rapids: Baker, 2009. ruby, Clayton and Gerald Chan. “Clayton ruby
and Gerald Chan: a law School at trinity Western university Will impose a Queer ...

Author: Bradley Truman Noel

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781498229371

Category: Religion

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"If only we were a Christian country again!" Christians, particularly those in the West, often lament their loss of influence in modern politics and culture. It seems that everywhere one turns, Christendom in the West is dealt another blow, with Christian reactions ranging from withdrawal and entrenchment, to cries of persecution and talks of organized resistance. Pentecostalism, Secularism, and Post Christendom seeks to address these concerns via an examination of Classical North American Pentecostalism as it wrestles with the very real challenges posed by the increasing post-Christian ethos of Western culture. In addition to providing a number of concrete steps, Pentecostals may take in their efforts to better understand and connect with modern culture, this work will argue that counter-intuitively, the death of Christendom (if properly addressed), may in fact herald the arrival of the Church's finest hour.
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Missional Theology

This is it." --Scot McKnight, Northern Seminary "This is the book on missional theology we've been waiting for. And Franke was the one to write it.

Author: John R. Franke

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 9781493427048

Category: Religion

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The notion of missional church and theology has become ubiquitous in the current ecclesial and theological landscape. But what is it all about? In this clear and accessible introduction to missional theology, noted theologian John Franke connects missional Christianity with the life and practice of the local church. He helps readers reenvision theology, showing that it flows from an understanding of the missional character and purposes of God. Franke also explores the implications of missional theology, such as plurality and multiplicity.
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The Missional Church in Context

Missional. Church. Conversation. These are exciting yet challenging days for the
church of Jesus Christ as it continues to face massive ... This awareness is
generating fresh opportunities for new ministry, but is also introducing the
disruption of ...

Author: Craig Van Gelder

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802845672

Category: Religion

Page: 243

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The missional church conversation continues to make a vital contribution to thinking about congregations and their contexts, addressing the essential question What does it really mean to be church? This book offers substantial, clarifying insights into that ongoing dialogue. Contributors: Mark Lau Branson James Tzu-Kao Chai Mary Sue Dehmlow Dreier Terri Martinson Elton Scott Frederickson Joon Ho Lee Gary M. Simpson Craig Van Gelder
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Borderland Churches

Borderland Churches is a call to embrace the pluralistic, post Christian and postmodern culture with a sense of opportunity and hope.

Author: Gary V Nelson

Publisher: Chalice Press

ISBN: 0827202571

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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Borderland Churches is a call to embrace the pluralistic, post Christian and postmodern culture with a sense of opportunity and hope. The author uses the image of the church crossing over into an "in -between time", a place where faith is lived outside the walls of the church engaging the community in incarnational ways. To live in that "precarious but exhilarating place where faith and other faiths and no faith meet." Only individuals and congregations that accept this new reality will be able to carry on Christian ministry in this new cultural situation. A TCP Leadership Series title.
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Cultivating the Missional Church

Written from a post-Christendom and missional worldview, this book was born of a singular question asked in hundreds of ways: “What do we do to be faithful in this changed and changing reality?” Whether shaped by anxiety, a foretaste of ...

Author: Randolph C. Ferebee

Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 9780819228246

Category: Religion

Page: 128

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• Offers church leaders and vestries a robust and missional perspective on the church in the 21st century • Each chapter is concluded with recommendations for further study and questions for discussion. Written from a post-Christendom and missional worldview, this book was born of a singular question asked in hundreds of ways: “What do we do to be faithful in this changed and changing reality?” Whether shaped by anxiety, a foretaste of coming changes, excitement, or energy at the prospects of witness and service the future holds, the question remains the same and the answers elusive. Part one addresses the ministry of leadership under categories of governance, modeling, collaboration, champion, catalyst, mission, covenant, disciple, change and the talents and gifts of leaders. Part two offers further explication of the functions, including books recommended for in-depth study, application ideas, vestry agendas, and further exploration of themes.
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Breaking the Missional Code

The authors provide expert insight on church culture and church vision casting, along with case studies of successful modern missional churches.

Author: Ed Stetzer

Publisher: B&H Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780805443592

Category: Religion

Page: 244

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The authors provide expert insight on church culture and church vision casting, along with case studies of successful modern missional churches.
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Salt Light and a City

In this volume, Graham Hill asks: "What does it mean for the church to be truly missional?" This book outlines the thought of twelve leading thinkers, and puts their thinking into conversation with a missional understanding of the church.

Author: Graham Hill

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781608997565

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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Enormous challenges and opportunities face the Christian church in our globalized, rapidly changing world. It is becoming increasingly clear that the church and its leaders need a missional self-understanding. In this volume, Graham Hill asks: "What does it mean for the church to be truly missional?" This book outlines the thought of twelve leading thinkers, and puts their thinking into conversation with a missional understanding of the church. Most of the missional literature of the past twenty years is practical, telling us how to be a missional church, rather than why certain theological themes compel the church toward a missional self-understanding and existence. This book takes a different approach. It outlines a basic missional understanding of the church by engaging theology and Scripture. It examines some of the key theological themes that are foundational for a missional church, and does this in conversation with twelve leading thinkers. This book provides indispensable foundations for a Christ-centered, gospel-shaped, theologically informed, and systematic missional view of the church.
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The Forgotten Ways

Introduction. In this section we come to the very heart of this book. The material
here will have immediate relevance for ... depending on our situations: for the
established church or church leader wanting to evolve the church into a
missional ...

Author: Alan Hirsch

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 9781441200037

Category: Religion

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Alan Hirsch is convinced that the inherited formulas for growing the Body of Christ do not work anymore. And rather than relying on slightly revised solutions from the past, he sees a vision of the future growth of the church coming about by harnessing the power of the early church, which grew from as few as 25,000 adherents in AD 100 to up to 20 million in AD 310. Such incredible growth is also being experienced today in the church in China and other parts of the world. How do they do it? The Forgotten Ways explores the concept of Apostolic Genius as a way to understand what caused the church to expand at various times in history, interpreting it for use in our own time and place. From the theological underpinnings to the practical application, Hirsch takes the reader through this dynamic mixture of passion, prayer, and incarnational practice to rediscover the dormant potential of the modern church in the West.
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Missional Map Making

Offers a clear guide for leaders wanting to transition to a missional church model Written by Alan Roxburgh, a prominent expert and practitioner in the missional movement Guides leaders seeking to create new maps for leadership and church ...

Author: Alan Roxburgh

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470583223

Category: Religion

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Guidance for church leaders to develop their own maps and chart new paths toward stronger, more vibrant, and more missional congregations In the burgeoning missional church movement, churches are seeking to become less focused on programs for members and more oriented toward outreach to people who are not already in church. This fundamental shift in what a congregation is and does and thinks is challenging for leaders and congregants. Using the metaphor of map-making, the book explains the perspective and skills needed to lead congregations and denominations in a time of radical change over unfamiliar terrain as churches change their focus from internal to external. Offers a clear guide for leaders wanting to transition to a missional church model Written by Alan Roxburgh, a prominent expert and practitioner in the missional movement Guides leaders seeking to create new maps for leadership and church organization and focus A Volume in the popular Leadership Network Series This book is written to be accessible to all Christian congregational styles and denominations.
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GlobalChurch

Missio Dei Global Missional Church The triune God is missionary in his very
nature. ... 23See Graham Hill, Salt, Light, and a City: Introducing Missional
Ecclesiology (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2012); Johannes Blauw, The
Missionary ...

Author: Graham Hill

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830840854

Category: Religion

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"In GlobalChurch, Graham Hill engages with more than one hundred high-profile Majority World Christian leaders to find out what they can teach the West about mission, leadership, hospitality, creation care, education, worship and more. He challenges the Western church to move away from a Eurocentric and Americentric view of church and mission, and he calls the church to construct global missional conversations. The future of the global church--including the churches of the West--exists in these global exchanges." -- Back Cover
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Pilgrim Practices

Discipleship for a Missional Church Kristopher Norris. America; Alan Roxburgh
and Scott Boren, Introducing the Missional Church; Alan Hirsch, Forgotten Ways:
Reactivating the Missional Church; Stanley Hauerwas and William Willimon, ...

Author: Kristopher Norris

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781621891871

Category: Religion

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Despite a wealth of literature on the "missional church" and "missional living," few resources help Christians and churches think through what it means to be disciples of Jesus Christ and what specific practices help cultivate lives of discipleship. Written from, with, and for the church, Pilgrim Practices: Discipleship for a Missional Church introduces Christian practices from the Letter of James to help guide Christians and churches in their journey of discipleship. This book frames discipleship in a way that has been largely abandoned in modern congregational literature, as fundamentally an issue of identity--an identity that is necessarily formed and practiced in and with the church community. It is a lifestyle that cannot be lived on one's own. Discipleship ultimately means engaging with others on a journey of faith sustained and cultivated through certain practices--pilgrim practices. The practices examined in this book develop and direct the risky pilgrim journey of Christians, transforming pilgrims into disciples--as the Body of Christ--who participate with God in God's mission in the world. In this time of transient identities, individualist impulses, and fleeting commitments, this book offers specific practices to help Christians form their identity as disciples and to help Christian communities live their calling as the pilgrim Body of Christ in the world.
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Evangelism and the Openness of God

16. Stott, Christian Mission in the Modern World, 21. 17. Sponheim, Speaking of
God, 126. 18. See Carl Braaten, on eschatopraxis, “Theory and Praxis:
Reflections on an Old Theme,” 141. 19. Roxburgh, Introducing the Missional
Church, ...

Author: Vaughn W. Baker

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781621899006

Category: Religion

Page: 310

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In Evangelism and the Openness of God, Vaughn Baker argues that a dynamic concept of God as articulated in open theism better serves the evangelistic mission of the church than does conventional theology. Open theism affirms an ontology of love as opposed to power, and it focuses on God's kenosis in creation, allowing for the authentic freedom of creation influenced by divine persuasion. God's genuine temporal relationship with creation--one that is open, synergist, and non-coercive--provides a new perspective for evangelistic activity. In this volume the author has made a valuable contribution to the integration of new developments in theology and evangelism.
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The Forgotten Ways Handbook

Alan and Darryn use the classic action learning model to great effect in making profound concepts useful in the art of movement making. This workbook could be the most helpful tool you will acquire this year.

Author: Alan Hirsch

Publisher: Brazos Press

ISBN: 9781587432491

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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An internationally known missional church expert offers leaders practical suggestions, real life examples, and proven strategies for applying missional paradigms.
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The Road to Missional

A leading voice in the missional church recasts the missional movement from a church add-on to a whole new way of following Jesus.

Author: Michael Frost

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 9780801014079

Category: Religion

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A leading voice in the missional church recasts the missional movement from a church add-on to a whole new way of following Jesus.
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