Millennium Matrix (Leadership Network Series): Reclaiming the Past, Reframing the Future of the Church / Edition 1by M. Rex Miller, Rex Miller
Pub. Date: 07/09/2004
“What happens when a mature Christian with a truly brilliant, active, fertile mind also has deep experience and broad knowledge of theology, philosophy, business, art, history, technology, spirituality, the local church, and future studies? You have the makings of a masterpiece . . . Rex Miller’s book will afflict the comfortable and stimulate, prod,… See more details below
“What happens when a mature Christian with a truly brilliant, active, fertile mind also has deep experience and broad knowledge of theology, philosophy, business, art, history, technology, spirituality, the local church, and future studies? You have the makings of a masterpiece . . . Rex Miller’s book will afflict the comfortable and stimulate, prod, challenge, and inspire innovators.”Brian McLaren, pastor, author (anewkindofchristian.com), and fellow with Emergent (emergentvillage.com)
In this dynamic book, theologian, futurist, and communications expert M. Rex Miller presents the innovative millennium matrix, that explains the way we store and distribute information changes our worldviews. Based on the author’s extensive research, The Millennium Matix explores the major paradigm and worldview shifts over the past two thousand years and maps them into an easily accessible chart summarizing the entire history of culture and church. From the oral culture of Jesus’ time to the print world of Gutenberg’s Bible to the broadcast era of television to the emerging digital culture, readers will see the impact of communication on worship and spirituality. Even more, the book then provides practical suggestions on how Christians can successfully navigate the rapid cultural changes that are occurring and that will continue to occur over the decades to come.
The Millennium Matrix is a compelling framework that can be used to
- Understand the historical church in a new way.
- Recognize the root causes of many of the present conflicts that concern church leaders and use that knowledge to generate viable solutions.
- Bridge old barriers within the church and find common ground.
- Reclaim lost virtues that were once so vital in the expression of faith.
- Understand the shaping forces within the emerging medium of digital communication and create new cultural and organizational “design criteria” that fit the new realities.
“In the tradition of Marshall McLuhan and Neil Postman, Rex Miller shows how the Christian church, born in an oral culture, adapted first to print and then to broadcasting. . . . (then to) today’s emerging digital culture. The Millennium Matrix offers clarity and hope for our rapidly changing world.” John P. Ferre, professor of communication, University of Louisville
Table of Contents
Preface: Welcome to the Millennium Matrix.
0. Vertigo: Ready or Not, Here Comes the Future.
Part One: Stopping Time: The Medium Is the Worldview.
1. Oral Culture–Liturgical Church: The Living Word.
2. Print Culture–Reformation Church: Separating the Message from the Messenger.
3. Broadcast Culture–Celebration Church: Watching the World Go By.
4. Digital Culture–Convergence Church: Reconnecting Word with Spirit.
The Complete Millennium Matrix.
5. The Church in Transition: Navigating Changing Worldviews.
Part Two: New Visions for a New Millennium.
6. Trust Connections: Impartational Leadership.
7. Growing Vital Relationships: Reclaiming Community.
8. Convergence: The Living Church.
Epilogue: Anticipating the Next Great Shift.
The Abridged Millennium Matrix.
Appendix: Exercises and Field Trips.
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