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"Hirsch has discovered the formula that unlocks the secrets of the ecclesial universe like Einstein's simple . . . formula (E=mc²) unlocked the secrets of the physical universe. There are some books good enough to read to the end. There are only a few books good enough to read to the end of time. The Forgotten Ways is one of them."
--Leonard Sweet (from the foreword)

"With The Forgotten Ways, Alan Hirsch has brought us closer to the reality of seeing a true apostolic church-planting movement in the West. This is a seminal work that will change our thinking, our vocabulary, and hopefully our way of being the church in this new century. I have already read the book twice and will probably devour it again."
--Neil Cole, author of Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens and Cultivating a Life for God

"A full-blooded and comprehensive call for the complete reorientation of the church around mission. Nothing less than the rediscovery of a revolutionary missional ecclesiology will do for Alan Hirsch. A master work."
--Michael Frost, coauthor of The Shaping of Things to Come and author of Exiles

"Every chapter has the kind of rich insight and inspiring challenge that we have come to expect from Alan Hirsch."
--Brian McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christian, A Generous Orthodoxy, and The Story We Find Ourselves In

"A fascinating and unique examination of two of the greatest apostolic movements in history (the early church and China) and their potential impact on the Western church at the dawn of the twenty-first century. The book may well become a primary reference book for the emerging missional church."
--Bill Easum, Easum, Bandy & Associates (

"It is refreshing to read a book relating to the missional church that provides theological depth coupled with creative thinking. The Forgotten Ways helps to rescue the concept of church from the clutches of Christendom, setting it free to become a dynamic movement in place of a dying institution."
--Eddie Gibbs, coauthor of Emerging Churches: Creating Christian Community in Postmodern Cultures and author of LeadershipNext: Changing Leaders in a Changing Culture

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587431647
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 401,124
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Hirsch is the founding director of Forge Mission Training Network. His experience includes mission and church planting to the marginalized as well as leading at the denominational level. He is coauthor of The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st-Century Church.
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Table of Contents

Section 1: The Making of a Missionary
1. Setting the Scene, Part 1: Confessions of a Frustrated Missionary
2. Setting the Scene, Part 2: Denominational and Translocal Perspectives
Section 2: A Journey to the Heart of Apostolic Genius
3. The Heart of It All: Jesus Is Lord 4. Disciple Making
5. Missional-Incarnational Impulse 6. Apostolic Environment
7. Organic Systems
8. Communitas, Not Community Conclusion Addendum and Glossary: A Crash Course in Chaos
Glossary of Key Terms
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    A wake up call

    Eye opening and paradigm shifting. Institutionalization is killing the church. Reclaim a sense of movement or die.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Wonderful look at the Missional Church

    We have lost sight of being a Jesus movement and have become an institution. Hirsch shows how to return to our roots. Especially good for leaders in the church who see that our "delivery system" is broken.

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