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"A Glimpse into the Future of the Church"
Emerging and missional church movements are an increasingly global phenomenon; they exist as holistic communities that defy dualistic Western forms of church. Until now, many of the voices from these movements have gone unheard. This volume assembles some of the most innovative church leaders from around the world to share candid insider stories about how God is transforming their communities in an ...
"A Glimpse into the Future of the Church"
Emerging and missional church movements are an increasingly global phenomenon; they exist as holistic communities that defy dualistic Western forms of church. Until now, many of the voices from these movements have gone unheard. This volume assembles some of the most innovative church leaders from around the world to share candid insider stories about how God is transforming their communities in an entirely new era for the church.
"Here's proof that the emerging missional conversation is transcending the traditional ecclesial and cultural boundaries that so often limit the church's ability to speak to itself and have an impact on the world. Featuring voices from Latin America, New Zealand, Australia, Europe, and North America, The Gospel after Christendom is a compendium of ideas, warnings, inspirations, and suggestions that will move this important conversation forward."
—Michael Frost, author of The Road to Missional, coauthor of The Shaping of Things to Come, and vice principal, Morling College, Sydney, Australia
"Ryan Bolger's The Gospel after Christendom is the broadest and most accessible global survey of emerging missional churches available today. Reading it encouraged my soul. It is filled with good analysis and insights as well as challenges to the imagination. Between its covers lies a glimpse into the future of the church."
—David Fitch, author of The End of Evangelicalism? Discerning a New Faithfulness for Mission and B. R. Lindner Professor of Evangelical Theology, Northern Seminary
"The Gospel after Christendom is a deluge of lived imagination. It is what the 'church planetary' looks, feels, and acts like now that life as we have known it has been utterly swept away."
—Sally Morgenthaler, author of Worship Evangelism
Introduction Ryan K. Bolger
1. Iglesias Emergentes in Latin America Osias Segura-Guzman
2. Emerging Churches in Aotearoa New Zealand Steve Taylor
3. Emerging Missional Churches in Australia Darren Cronshaw
4. New Expressions of Church in Scandinavia Ruth Skree
5. New Expressions of Church in the Low Countries Nico-Dirk Van Loo
6. Fresh Expressions of Missional Church in French-Speaking Europe Blayne Waltrip
7. Emerging Christian Communities in German-Speaking Europe Peter Aschoff
8. New Monastic Community in a Time of Environmental Crisis Ian Mobsby
9. Mission within Hybrid Cultures: Transnationality and the Glocal Church Oscar Garcia-Johnson
10. Distinctly Welcoming: The Church in a Pluralist Culture Richard J. Sudworth
11. Our P(art) within an Age of Beauty Troy Bronsink
12. Mission Among Individual Consumers Stefan Paas
13. Mission in a New Spirituality Culture Steve Hollinghurst
14. Rethinking Worship as an Emerging Christian Practice Paul Roberts
15. Formation in the Post-Christendom Era: Exilic Practices and Missional Identity Dwight J. Friesen
16. Towards a Holistic Process of Transformational Mission Tobias Faix
17. Leadership as Body and Environment: The Rider and the Horse MaryKate Morse
18. The Underground: The Living Mural of a Hip Hop Church Ralph C. Watkins
19. Bykirken (The City-Church), Pray and Eat Andreas Østerlund Nielsen
20. House of Sinners and Saints Nadia Bolz-Weber
21. L'Autre Rive (the Other Bank or Shore) Eric Zander
22. With: An Experimental Church Eileen Suico
23. The Jesus Dojo Mark Scandrette
24. St. Toms: From Gathered to Scattered Bob Whitesel
25. Urban Abbey: The Power of Small, Sustainable, Nimble Micro-Communities of Jesus Kelly Bean
26. Indigenous and Anglican: A Truly Native Church Emerges in the Anglican Church of Canada Mark MacDonald
27. Turning the Ocean Liner: The Fresh Expressions Initiative Graham Cray
28. On the Move: Towards Fresh Expressions of Church in Germany Markus Weimer
Conclusion Ryan K. Bolger
Afterword Eddie Gibbs