Missional: Joining God in the Neighborhood

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You can transform your community

The missional church movement is a sign that we increasingly feel the call to impact our communities, which is a good thing. But, says Alan J. Roxburgh, these conversations still prioritize church success over mission--i.e., how can being missional grow my church? But to focus on such questions misses the point.

Missional calls you to reenter your neighborhood and community to discover what the Spirit is doing ...

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Overview

You can transform your community

The missional church movement is a sign that we increasingly feel the call to impact our communities, which is a good thing. But, says Alan J. Roxburgh, these conversations still prioritize church success over mission--i.e., how can being missional grow my church? But to focus on such questions misses the point.

Missional calls you to reenter your neighborhood and community to discover what the Spirit is doing there--to start with God's mission--and join in, shaping your local church around that mission. With inspiring true stories and a solid biblical base, this is a book that will change lives and communities as its message is lived out.

"This is the best book yet from one of the leading voices in the missional conversation."--John R. Franke, Theologian in Residence, First Presbyterian Church of Allentown; general coordinator, the Gospel and Our Culture Network

"Many books are worth reading but few worth absorbing. This falls into the latter category, and if you allow it to, this book will take you into a new world and give you eyes to see what God is doing all around you."--M. Scott Boren, pastor; author, Missional Small Groups

"This book takes us to new places for the future of Christ's church in North America. It is sure to be a tour de force for the missional conversation. I am not being excessive when I say this book is brilliant."--David Fitch, B. R. Lindner Professor of Evangelical Theology, Northern Seminary; author, The End of Evangelicalism?

"Missional may well be the best yet from author Alan Roxburgh as he prophetically reclaims the Newbigin engagement of gospel and culture as the key to rediscovering what it really means to be church."--Craig Van Gelder, PhD, Professor of Congregational Mission, Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, MN

Alan J. Roxburgh is president of the Missional Network (formally Roxburgh Missional Network), an international group of practitioners and academics committed to partnering with and calling forth missional churches and mission-shaped leaders. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Introducing the Missional Church. Roxburgh and his wife, Jane, live in Canada. He can be reached at his website, www.roxburghmissionalnet.com.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801072314
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: Allelon Missional Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 641,099
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan J. Roxburgh is a teacher, trainer, and consultant who works with Allelon and framing resources for the missional church internationally. 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; Missionary Congregation, Leadership, and Liminality; Reaching a New Generation; and Introducing the Missional Church. He and his wife, Jane, live in Canada. He can be reached at his website, www.roxburghmissionalnet.com.
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Table of Contents

Series Preface 9

Introduction: Welcome to an Unthinkable World 11

Part 1 The Cul-de-sac of Old Questions: Why We Have to Stop: Thinking about the Church

1 Coral Reefs, Garage Sales, and Other Mind-Blowing Disturbances: Grappling with a New World 19

2 A Parable of Three Friends: Coming to a Right Understanding of Newbigin 31

3 How It All Came to Be: A Brief History of the Missional Conversation 49

Intermezzo: The Language House 57

Part 2 The Language House of Luke-Acts: A Narrative for Shaping Our Time of Missional Formation

4 Finding God in the Concrete: Locating Our Stories in the Here and Now 65

5 Texts That Propose a World: Discovering a Different Way to Enter Scripture 75

6 Shifting Worlds: The Need for a New Text 85

7 The Context and Crisis: The Shattered Hopes of Luke's Readers 93

8 The Boundary-Breaking Spirit: Seeing Luke-Acts through a Language House Lens 103

9 The Strange New Ways of Gods: Sending the Seventy-a Guide for Our Times 115

10 A New Set of Practices: Themes of Luke 10 133

11 Peace, Healing, and the Kingdom of God: Living Out a Subversive Proclamation 149

Part 3 A New Language House

12 Rules for Radicals: The Contours of a Method 165

13 Beginning the Journey: Some Practical Steps 179

Notes 191

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