AND: The Gathered and Scattered Church [NOOK Book]

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What is happening to the church in America today? By all appearances, it looks like we are “doing’ church better than we ever have. Our programs are effective, our pastors are relevant, and our buildings are increasing in size. In the past 30 years the number of mega-churches has increased from under 100 to over 7,500. In the past 10 years the number of multi-site churches has increased from under 100 to over 2,000. By the numbers, these church movements enjoy the national platform, the national voice, and the ...
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Overview

What is happening to the church in America today? By all appearances, it looks like we are “doing’ church better than we ever have. Our programs are effective, our pastors are relevant, and our buildings are increasing in size. In the past 30 years the number of mega-churches has increased from under 100 to over 7,500. In the past 10 years the number of multi-site churches has increased from under 100 to over 2,000. By the numbers, these church movements enjoy the national platform, the national voice, and the resources to profoundly impact the Kingdom.

But to what end? In spite of the rapid growth of these prevailing church movements we are still losing ground, and the church in the west is in massive decline. Numerous studies and books have been written documenting the flight of members from the institutional church.

Yet the local church is Jesus’ plan for reaching the world.

The strength of the mega-church and multi-site models can be found in a strong emphasis on attracting people to the church, where they have an opportunity to encounter Jesus Christ. Yet many younger leaders are rejecting this model in favor of a more incarnational approach to ministry. These missional communities tend to focus their attention on trying to release people into ministry.

In recent years a growing schism has emerged between those calling themselves incarnational leaders and those leading the prevailing church models. But what if we were able to incorporate the insights of both models into a cohesive understanding of the church? Can we bring together the very best of the attractional AND missional models for church ministry?

What is needed is not is another book about how to do church better. Our focus on the form church is misguided when the vast majority of unchurched Christians and non-believers aren’t moving toward any form of church. Beautifully Sent will give permission for leaders to value existing church forms while catalyzing a missional movement of incarnational people into the world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310576242
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 4/27/2010
  • Series: Exponential Series
  • Sold by: Zondervan Publishing
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 754,158
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Hugh Halter is the national director of Missio, serving as a mentor to a global network of missional leaders and church planters. He is lead architect of Adullam, a congregational network of missional communities in Denver, Colorado (www.adullamdenver.com), and is the coauthor of The Tangible Kingdom with Matt Smay.
Matt Smay serves as the director of the Missional Church Apprenticeship Practicum for Missio, where he works directly with church planters and existing church pastors as a mentor, coach, and consultant, and he is also a leader of Adullam. Matt lives near Denver, Colorado, with his wife, Maren, and daughter, Maegan. He is an avid golfer, loves mountain biking and fly-fishing, and enjoys the outdoors with his family.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    What the church should be

    Hugh Halter and Matt Smay have given believers something to chew on with this book. Realizing as others have that the church has remained too "in-focused" and "consumer-crazed," have called leaders to take a fresh look at what their local assemblies should be doing as bodies of God's people. In entertaining language the authors have correctly stated the biblical mindset of the church_gathered together for mutual well-being, yet purposefully looking for ways to take the gospel out. Programs that all too often run their course in months or less are replaced by a fundamental spirit of seeking opportunities for going forth with the gospel. Mission is not promoted in overt ways as in large crusades, but in determined and caring ways sharing Christ in a winsome manner.The highlight of the book is chapter seven which asks in the title, "To Gather or Not to Gather: Is that the Question?" Here the authors begin with a history of how churches gathered and then move toward practical ideas on how to gather while simultaneously having the willing attitude of scattering. What is done about children, the sermon, and worship in general? Several pointers are presented to aid the reader.The authors do sometimes overstate their case and improperly relate the point of a biblical text. Discernment will be needed in those cases. All told this is a thought-provoking and inspiring book that can be given a fair look.

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