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

Hardcover (Print)
Rent from
(Save 75%)
Est. Return Date: 10/22/2014
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $8.57
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 65%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (26) from $8.57   
  • New (12) from $14.41   
  • Used (14) from $8.57   


Praise for Church Unique

"There is a screaming need today for leaders who will rise above quick fixes and generic approaches. Now, Will Mancini has brought an indispensable book to the church leader's toolbox, providing a thoughtful and creative process that will galvanize your team to unleash God's vision for your church."
Howard Hendricks, chairman, Center for Christian Leadership;distinguished professor, Dallas Theological Seminary

"Will Mancini's vision for vision is contagious. Church Unique doesn't hold back—challenging existing paradigms, yes, but also providing new maps for churches to engage in God's mission."
Ed Stetzer, director, LifeWay Research; coauthor, Comeback Churches and Compelled by Love

"If leaders are to steer the church through the challenges of the twenty-first century successfully, they will need help to negotiate the complexities of the spirituality, culture, history, and institutional structures that make up organizations. Will Mancini is a savvy navigator and Church Unique is an impressive blueprint for organizational renewal."
Alan Hirsch, author, The Forgotten Ways and The Shaping of Things to Come; founding director, Forge Mission Training Network

"Will Mancini has done us all a great favor in releasing the practical ways he helps church leaders envision their own unique future. His insights provide you the coaching you need to prepare for your next ministry chapter."
Reggie McNeal, author, The Present Future

"If you don't know the unique purpose of your church, read this book now!"
Jim Tomberlin, founder, Third Quarter Consulting; former regional pastor, Willow Creek Community Church

"Will Mancini's love for the local church and skill for facilitating vision makes this a must-read. He is a Sherpa, not a travel agent. He has the experience; he knows the trail."
Lance Witt, founder, Replenish Ministries; former executive pastor, Saddleback Community Church

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

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

Read More Show Less

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: 372,565
  • 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, a national consulting group that works with traditional and emerging churches and ministries of all types around the country. Their mission is to navigate leaders through growth challenges with vision clarity (

About Leadership Network
The mission of Leadership Network identifies and connects innovative church leaders, providing them with resources in the form of new ideas, people, and tools. Contact Leadership Network at

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

About Leadership Network.




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 Vision Vacuum.


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 of Vision.

8. Hear the Cloud of Witnesses: Learning from Vision Legacies.

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

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


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.


18. Wage War Against the Status Quo: From Articulation to Traction.

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

20. Transform the Future: Delivering Vision Daily.


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

Appendix A Logos and Strategy Icon Examples.

Appendix B Vision Path Examples.




About the Author.


Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 4 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 4 Customer Reviews
  • Posted August 7, 2011

    A must read

    If you're a pastor, you need to read this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2012


    The she-cat paces

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 4 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)