Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America

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Overview

What would a theology of the Church look like that took seriously the fact that North America is now itself a mission field? This question lies at the foundation of this volume written by an ecumenical team of six noted missiologists—Lois Barrett, Inagrace T. Dietterich, Darrell L. Guder, George R. Hunsberger, Alan J. Roxburgh, and Craig Van Gelder.

The result of a three-year research project undertaken by The Gospel and Our Culture Network, this book issues a firm challenge for the church to recover its missional call right here in North America, while also offering the tools to help it do so.

The authors examine North America's secular culture and the church's loss of dominance in today's society. They then present a biblically based theology that takes seriously the church's missional vocation and draw out the consequences of this theology for the structure and institutions of the church.

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Editorial Reviews

Interpretation
"This is a book worthy of study and consideration, especially for those who take seriously the changes that have impacted culture and church in North America. It is a provocative work that pleads for significant renewal of "Communities of the Holy Spirit" in face of established institutions that have become accommodated to the American way of life."
Missiology
This stimulating volume challenges its readers to re-examine two fundamental concepts: their understanding of the nature of the church and their understanding of mission.... This book is a must-read not only for missiologists but also for pastors and anyone interested in the renewal and revitalization of the church as it enters a new millennium.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802843500
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Series: Gospel and Our Culture Series
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 702,715
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Darrell L. Guder is Henry Winters Luce Chair of Missional and Ecumenical Theology and Dean-elect at Princeton Theological Seminary.
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Table of Contents

Project Team Members
1 Missional Church: From Sending to Being Sent 1
2 Missional Context: Understanding North American Culture 18
3 Missional Challenge: Understanding the Church in North America 46
4 Missional Vocation: Called and Sent to Represent the Reign of God 77
5 Missional Witness: The Church as Apostle to the World 110
6 Missional Community: Cultivating Communities of the Holy Spirit 142
7 Missional Leadership: Equipping God's People for Mission 183
8 Missional Structures: The Particular Community 221
9 Missional Connectedness: The Community of Communities in Mission 248
Bibliography for Research on a Missional Ecclesiology for North America 269
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2005

    The danger of religious enthusiasm

    The book is evidence of dilusional religious enthusiasm run amok and the rise of political evangelicalism in North America. If this trend, fomented by foreign war and fervent idealism, continues, rational scientific modes of human progress will be threatened.

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