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From the Publisher'God is on the move and the church is On the Verge of seeing new apostolic movements in the West. This book shows us that even some of the churches considered by many to be highly successful in the US are not content with bigger and better worship services but are seriously considering ways to eventually release apostolic movements. It is encouraging to see that these high-profile churches realize that true success is becoming reproducible, empowering of the ordinary follower and measuring their success three and four generations removed out in the fields of real life. This book is a challenge to established churches to follow Jesus into the real mission fields all around us rather than expect the people to come to us. My hope for the future has been elevated.' — Neil Cole, Author, Organic Church
'This is a must read for every pastor and denominational leader. Alan and Dave have masterfully described the path to multiplication by revealing what it means to see an orchard in every seed...by activating 'the latent potentials that are already present but largely inactive in most churches.' It is seeing the potential for a church in the DNA of every believer. This is the 'both/and' approach that is desperately needed in the Church.' — Tammy Dunahoo, The Foursquare Church
'The number one question I am asked in Canada is... Can existing churches change to become more missional?' Although we do not have many mega churches like in the States, what Alan and dave have done in On the Verge is to give principles and stories that will help churches of all sizes not only understand the missional conversation, but begin to move towards changing the DNA towards a deeper more missional understanding of who we are as the people of God - joining Him on His mission. You must read it often.' — Cam Roxburgh, Senior Pastor, Southside Community Church
'Alan Hirsch and Dave Ferguson are an exciting fusion for a book with stories, experiments, and best practices of the innovative, frontline churches. Europe has cause for great hope on the verge of something very significant in the life of the church in the west. With this book, inspiration and encouragement is given for all existing and future churches in Europe.' — N. D. Strupler, ICF Movement - Church Planting for Europe
As a mega-church pastor I couldn't put this book down. A spot on approach for the mega and church growth churches of the last decades to reframe ourselves as high impact, exponentially reproducing, missional movements.
- Mike Slaughter, Ginghamsburg Church and author of Change the World — Mike Slaughter
Hirsch and Ferguson point the way towards an exquisitely hopeful future for the Church. They call upon it, in all of its various expressions, to rekindle and release it their essential missional DNA, and they show how the church united can be the church ignited. Brilliant.
- Linda Bergquist, church planting strategist with the North American Mission Board and co-author of Church Turned Inside Out — Linda Bergquist
No doubt, missional is the 'word of the day' right now. The word is slapped in front of almost everything. Often when people use that word, they are simply using it as a buzzword, swapping it for another subset word — evangelism, social justice, global missions, local missions, emergent, and the list goes on. If you're ready to go to the core of what missional actually means, then On The Verge is the next book you should read. More than that, if you're ready to move your local church beyond conceptual conversation toward real word practice, then On The Verge is the next book you should read.
- Rob Wegner - Pastor of Life Mission, Granger Community Church / Lead Catalyst, Enter Mission — Rob Wegner
On the Verge extends the powerful categories and framework established by Hirsch in the Forgotten Ways, providing 'handles' and practical examples of how to move forward for churches who are in the process of making the shift to missional, incarnational ministry. Ferguson's insights as a leader who is making this shift brings proven concepts to life with real-world application. I recommend it for anyone looking to make the transition toward's a missional, incarnational church.
- Jeff Vanderstelt, Pastor, Soma Communities — Jeff Vanderstelt
There is a desperate need around the world for established churches to become more effective missional ventures into their local communities. Alan and Dave are passionate about this cause and On the Verge is an outstanding resource packed full of lessons for those serious about engaging in this exciting yet challenging adventure. I highly recommend it!
- Mark Conner, City Life Church — Australia — Mark Conner
This is who I'm called to be! That was my gut reaction when I first met the missional conversation. Since then I've been on the exciting and deeply challenging journey it is to figure out what it looks like to live in God's mission. Sadly, we've far too often placed lots of churches and people who follow Jesus in the 'not missional' box, instead of taking them on that same journey. Therefore, this book is a gift to the church, and a must read for every leader. It calls every church and Christ-follower to join God in His mission, and gives framework and tools we all can use to start the journey.
- Egil Elling — Lead Pastor, IMI Kirken, Norway — Egil Elling