Introducing the Missional Church: What It Is, Why It Matters, How to Become One

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Overview

An Accessible Introduction to the Missional Church Movement

Ours is a post-Christian culture, making it necessary for church leaders to think like missionaries right here at home. In Introducing the Missional Church, two leading voices in the missional movement provide an accessible introduction, explaining how the movement developed, why it's important, and how churches can become more missional.

"Roxburgh and Boren offer the clearest explication of missional thinking. I believe this book is the very best on the missional church. Highly recommended." --Ryan Bolger, associate professor, Church in Contemporary Culture, Fuller Theological Seminary; coauthor, Emerging Churches

"If you've ever wondered what 'missional' means and what real difference it makes in the life of the church, this is the place to start."--John R. Franke, Clemens Professor of Missional Theology, Biblical Seminary; author, Manifold Witness

"A wonderful, imaginative exploration into what it means for the church to be missional. Roxburgh and Boren navigate through the defining issues and then give us concrete means for leading our churches through the transition. It is the book we have sorely needed."--David Fitch, B. R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology, Northern Seminary, Reclaimingthemission.com

"Introducing the Missional Church supplies one's journey with God into the uncharted waters of being God's people in a changing culture."--C. Gene Wilkes, PhD, senior pastor, Legacy Church, Plano, Texas; author, Jesus On Leadership

Alan J. Roxburgh is a teacher, trainer, and consultant who works with Allelon and framing resources for the missional church internationally. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including The Missional Church, The Missional Leader, and Reaching a New Generation.

M. Scott Boren is one of the pastors at Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a trainer, a consultant, and the author of The Relational Way and How Do We Get There from Here? He works with Allelon in developing training materials on the missional church.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801072123
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Series: Allelon Missional Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 299,420
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan J. Roxburgh is a teacher, trainer and consultant who works with Allelon and internationally framing resources for the missional church. He coordinates an international project involving leaders from twelve nations who are examining leadership formation in a globalized world. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including The Missional Church, The Missional Leader and Leadership, Liminality and the Missionary Congregation, and Reaching a New Generation. He and his wife Jane live in Vancouver, Canada, and have three grown children. He can be reached at his website, www.roxburghmissionalnet.com.

M. Scott Boren is one of the pastors at Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a trainer, consultant and the author of The Relational Way and How Do We Get There From Here? He works with Allelon in developing training materials on the missional church. He shares life with his wife Shawna and their four children. He can be reached at www.scottboren.com.

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Table of Contents

Series Preface 7

Introduction 9

Part 1 One Missional River

1 Not All Who Wander Are Lost: Stories of a Church In Between 15

2 Just Give Me a Definition: Why Missional Church Is So Hard to Define 27

3 Does Missional Fit? Can My Church Be Missional? 47

Part 2 Three Missional Conversations

4 What's Behind the Wardrobe? The Center of the Missional Church 65

5 We're Not in Kansas Anymore: Missionaries in Our Own Land 75

6 Why Do We Need Theology? Missional Is about God, Not the Church 91

7 God's Dream for the World: What Is a Contrast Society? 101

Part 3 Countless Missional Journeys

8 The Journey Ahead: Following the Winds of the Spirit 115

9 Starting from Here: Where Is Your Church Now? 123

10 The Missional Change Model: Getting There from Here 133

11 The Awareness Stage: Staring Reality in the Face 147

12 The Understanding Stage: Can We Really Talk about These Things? 157

13 The Evaluation Stage: A Snapshot of the Church 163

14 The Work of the Church Board: How Do Innovators and Traditionalists Work Together? 171

15 The Experiment Stage: Little Steps toward Something Big 181

Conclusion: Commitment 191

Notes 197

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