Church Unique: How Missional Leaders Cast Vision, Capture Culture, and Create Movement / Edition 1

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Overview

Church Unique

Church Unique offers church leaders a way to transform theirleadership and vision with missional effectiveness.

Church Unique is written by church consultant WillMancini—an expert on a new kind of visioning process to helpchurches develop a stunningly unique model of ministry that leadsto redemptive movement. He guides churches away from an internalfocus to emphasize participation in their community and surroundingculture. In this important book, Mancini offers an approach forrethinking what it means to lead with clarity as a visionary.Mancini explains that each church has a culture that reflects itsparticular values, thoughts, attitudes, and actions, and shows howchurch leaders can unlock their church's individual DNA and unleashtheir congregation's one-of-a-kind potential.

Mancini explores the pitfalls churches often fall into in theirattempt to grow, such as adding more programs, using outdated formsof strategic planning, or adopting the latest conference technique.He explores a new model for vision casting and church growth thathas been tested with leaders in all kinds of congregations,including mainline, evangelical, small, and large. The practicesand ideas outlined in Church Unique will help leadersdevelop missional teams, articulate unique strategies, unpack thebaggage of institutionalism, and live fully into their vision.

Whether leading a megachurch or church plant, a multisite ormainline, a ministry or parachurch, Church Unique willprovide inspiration as a practical guide for leading into thefuture. There is a better way.

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Editorial Reviews

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"[Mancini] gives a compelling rationale for the church to move onand accompanies this rationale with instructive support andchurch-wide challenge. All mission boards and vestries wouldbenefit from the materials contained therein."
—The Rev. Jeffrey A. Mackey, The LivingChurch magazine (Sept. 2008)

Mancini (founder, Auxano consulting group) believes that allchurches need not be megachurches like Willowcreek (IL) orSaddleback (CA). Here, he avoids a mere discussion of churchesworthy of emulation and further crosses denominational lines,having himself worked alongside Baptists, Methodists, Lutherans,and others. Mancini eschews the title consultant ,preferring instead vision navigator . In short, he helpsleaders focus on their own unique cultures and congregationalfingerprints. Once churches grasp that they are one of a kind-muchlike galaxies, fossils, DNA, and sandbanks-they can then, Manciniwrites, unleash their full potential. The book, complete with anappendix as well as logos and icons illustrating various churches'visionary thinking, is strengthened by numerous flow charts,diagrams, graphics, and pithy quotes. It has the potential tounseat Rick Warren's The Purpose-Driven Church  inpopularity. Yet academic libraries may want to pass on this titlefor its admitted lack of supporting empirical evidence. Publiclibraries, on the other hand, would be wise to purchase a copy.With a foreword by inspirational giant Max Lucado.
—C. Brian Smith, Arlington Heights Memorial Lib., IL(Library Journal, May 1, 2008)

Library Journal

Mancini (founder, Auxano consulting group) believes that all churches need not be megachurches like Willowcreek (IL) or Saddleback (CA). Here, he avoids a mere discussion of churches worthy of emulation and further crosses denominational lines, having himself worked alongside Baptists, Methodists, Lutherans, and others. Mancini eschews the title consultant, preferring instead vision navigator. In short, he helps leaders focus on their own unique cultures and congregational fingerprints. Once churches grasp that they are one of a kind-much like galaxies, fossils, DNA, and sandbanks-they can then, Mancini writes, unleash their full potential. The book, complete with an appendix as well as logos and icons illustrating various churches' visionary thinking, is strengthened by numerous flow charts, diagrams, graphics, and pithy quotes. It has the potential to unseat Rick Warren's The Purpose-Driven Church in popularity. Yet academic libraries may want to pass on this title for its admitted lack of supporting empirical evidence. Public libraries, on the other hand, would be wise to purchase a copy. With a foreword by inspirational giant Max Lucado.
—C. Brian Smith

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787996833
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/21/2008
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series, #23
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 485,236
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.15 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Will Mancini, a former pastor, is the founder of Auxano, anational consulting group that works with traditional and emergingchurches and ministries of all types around the country. Theirmission is to navigate leaders through growth challenges withvision clarity (auxano.com).

About Leadership Network
The mission of Leadership Network identifies and connectsinnovative church leaders, providing them with resources in theform of new ideas, people, and tools. Contact Leadership Network atwww.leadnet.org.

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Table of Contents

About Leadership Network.

Foreword.

Introduction.

PART ONE: RECASTING VISION.

1. Unoriginal Sin: Neglecting Uniqueness.

2. The Fall of Strategic Planning: Obscuring the Essence.

3. The Iniquity of Church Growth: Caging the Kingdom.

4. Lost Congregations: How Churches Adapt to the VisionVacuum.

PART TWO: CLARIFYING VISION.

5. The Good News of Clarity: Why Believe in Vision Today?.

6. Clarity Pre-Evangelism: Softening Your Heart for Clarity.

7. The Alpha and Omega of Clarity: The Ultimate Source ofVision.

8. Hear the Cloud of Witnesses: Learning from VisionLegacies.

9. Discover Your Kingdom Concept: How to Ascertain Vision.

10. Take a Closer Look: Navigating Your Discovery Process.

PART THREE: ARTICULATING VISION.

11. See with New Eyes: Defining Your Vision Frame.

12. Carry the Holy Orders: Mission as Missional Mandate.

13. Feel the Common Heartbeat: Values as Missional Motives.

14. Show Me the Way: Strategy as Missional Map.

15. Talk the Walk: Measures as Missional Life Marks.

16. Frame the Future: Preparing for a Vision Lifestyle.

17. Speak with New Tongues: Articulating Vision Proper.

PART FOUR: ADVANCING VISION.

18. Wage War Against the Status Quo: From Articulation toTraction.

19. Meet Long in the Upper Room: The Secret of Attunement.

20. Transform the Future: Delivering Vision Daily.

PARTING THOUGHTS.

21. Resurrect Your Uniqueness: If You Copy Someone Else'sVision, Who Will Accomplish Yours?.

Appendix A Logos and Strategy Icon Examples.

Appendix B Vision Path Examples.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

Index.

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