Missional: Joining God in the Neighborhood

Missional: Joining God in the Neighborhood

by Alan J. Roxburgh

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Overview

The burgeoning missional church movement is a sign that believers are increasingly feeling the call to impact their communities, which is a good thing. But, says Alan J. Roxburgh, these conversations still prioritize church success over mission—how can being missional grow my church? But to focus on such questions misses the point.

In Missional, Roxburgh calls Christians to reenter their neighborhoods and communities to discover what the Spirit is doing there—to start with God's mission. He then encourages readers to shape their local churches around that mission. With inspiring true stories and a solid biblical base, Missional is a book that will change lives and communities as its message is lived out.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801072314
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Series: Allelon Missional Series
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Alan J. Roxburgh is a teacher, trainer, and consultant who works with Allelon and framing resources for the missional church internationally. He coordinates an international project involving leaders from twelve nations who are examining leadership formation in a globalized world. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including The Missional Church; The Missional Leader; Missionary Congregation, Leadership, and Liminality; Reaching a New Generation; and Introducing the Missional Church. He and his wife, Jane, live in Canada. He can be reached at his website, www.roxburghmissionalnet.com.

Table of Contents

Series Preface 9

Introduction: Welcome to an Unthinkable World 11

Part 1 The Cul-de-sac of Old Questions: Why We Have to Stop: Thinking about the Church

1 Coral Reefs, Garage Sales, and Other Mind-Blowing Disturbances: Grappling with a New World 19

2 A Parable of Three Friends: Coming to a Right Understanding of Newbigin 31

3 How It All Came to Be: A Brief History of the Missional Conversation 49

Intermezzo: The Language House 57

Part 2 The Language House of Luke-Acts: A Narrative for Shaping Our Time of Missional Formation

4 Finding God in the Concrete: Locating Our Stories in the Here and Now 65

5 Texts That Propose a World: Discovering a Different Way to Enter Scripture 75

6 Shifting Worlds: The Need for a New Text 85

7 The Context and Crisis: The Shattered Hopes of Luke's Readers 93

8 The Boundary-Breaking Spirit: Seeing Luke-Acts through a Language House Lens 103

9 The Strange New Ways of Gods: Sending the Seventy-a Guide for Our Times 115

10 A New Set of Practices: Themes of Luke 10 133

11 Peace, Healing, and the Kingdom of God: Living Out a Subversive Proclamation 149

Part 3 A New Language House

12 Rules for Radicals: The Contours of a Method 165

13 Beginning the Journey: Some Practical Steps 179

Notes 191

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