The Ministry of the Missional Church: A Community Led by the Spirit

The Ministry of the Missional Church: A Community Led by the Spirit


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In a time when churches are focusing on finding strategies and techniques to guarantee success, a movement toward the missional church is emerging. Missional churches are communities created by the Spirit with a unique nature and identity. Purpose and strategies of the church are derivative dimensions, the activities that flow naturally from the church that is focused on Spirit-led ministry.

The Ministry of the Missional Church leads pastors, ministry leaders, and laypersons through three simple arguments—the church is; the church does what it is; the church organizes what it does—in order to make sense of how missional churches work. And by focusing the work of the church as the work of the Triune God, this unique book will change the way readers think about the church and the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801091391
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2007
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Craig Van Gelder serves as professor of congregational mission at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of The Essence of the Church and the editor of Confident Witness—Changing World. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Table of Contents

1. Spirit-Led Ministry
2. Spirit-Led Ministry in the Bible
3. Spirit-Led Ministry in Context
4. Spirit-Led Ministry in the US Context and the Missional Church 5. Spirit-Led Discernment and Decision-Making
6. Spirit-Led Leadership and Organization
7. Spirit-Led Growth and Development

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