Shaped By God's Heart: The Passion and Practices of Missional Churches

Shaped By God's Heart: The Passion and Practices of Missional Churches

by Milfred Minatrea
     
 

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Increasingly, today’s churches have become isolated from rather than engaged in the world. Many ministers and lay leaders–who have stable churches, good relationships with their congregations, and useful ministries–feel there is something vital missing.

Shaped by God’s Heart reveals that it’s not the church’s activity level that

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Increasingly, today’s churches have become isolated from rather than engaged in the world. Many ministers and lay leaders–who have stable churches, good relationships with their congregations, and useful ministries–feel there is something vital missing.

Shaped by God’s Heart reveals that it’s not the church’s activity level that defines success but whether its activities accomplish God’s mission for His church. This book helps ministers and church leaders move beyond mere survival and maintenance toward a thriving missional mode for their congregations. Missional congregations become fully relevant to today’s society without losing what is distinctively Christian in their spiritual practices.

This important resource draws on an extensive two-year field study of two hundred churches from a variety of denominations and geographic regions. Milfred Minatrea–a missiologist, urban strategist, and practitioner in ministry–shows how these vibrant congregations are abandoning themselves to God’s purpose in mission and presents the best practices for reenergizing Christian spirituality in a congregational setting. Shaped by God’s Heart includes a Missional Practice Assessment tool to evaluate a congregation’s position on the continuum between maintenance and mission and to determine the actions that will move the congregation toward becoming a true missional community.

As Minatrea emphasizes, knowing God’s purpose and pursuing it with deep passion, is the first step in becoming missional. Minatrea outlines the nine common practices that characterize missional churches. In addition, each of the book’s chapters contain relevant exercises for reflection and application as well as resources for additional study.

Once transformed, missional churches have a profound effect on their members’ lives out in the world. Their influence results in new followers of Christ and the development of new communities of faith.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787971113
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/23/2004
Series:
Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series, #1
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
774,487
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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Shaped by God’s Heart is a stimulatingcontribution to the growing and increasingly diverse engagement inthe vision of the missional church. Mifred Minatrea has drawntogether insights from a remarkable spectrum of resources, which hesynthesizes in strategies for missional transformation and whichreward careful reading and provoke further exploration. Hiscarefully thought-out proposals invite experimentation andinnovation. This constructive work is encouraging to anyoneconcerned about the missional faithfulness of the Christian churchin North America.”—Darrell L. Guder, Henry Winters LuceProfessor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology, PrincetonTheological Seminary

“Milfred Minatrea is a pilgrim not a conquistador. Hisbook is not a map drawn by someone who’s conquered the land.It is a compass with a true north, that points to survival in thesecular wilderness where Christ himself is waiting on vitality toknock. Read and the compass is yours. Knock and the door will open.This book does not point the way to church growth. It calls thereader to honest pilgrimage—to find the way to meaningfulfaith. Milfred Minatrea knows that where meaning is married tohope, vitality is born.”—Calvin Miller, professor ofdivinity, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University

“Mifred Minatrea has distilled the essence of what itmeans to be a missional church. The insightful summarization andarticulation of distinctive practices can be the launch pad forevery courageous church leader who wants to bring Kingdom impact totheir world both locally and globally.”—Carol Davis,executive director, Global Spectrum; and consultant to missionleaders around the world

“Milfred Minatrea is missional! This book will beinvaluable to churches who want to join the missional journey inthe twenty-first century.”—William Tinsley, WorldconneX;author, The Jesus Encounter

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