The Missional Leader: Equipping Your Church to Reach a Changing World

The Missional Leader: Equipping Your Church to Reach a Changing World

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Overview

In The Missional Leader, consultants Alan Roxburgh and Fred Romanuk give church and denominational leaders, pastors, and clergy a clear model for leading the change necessary to create and foster a missional church focused outward to spread the message of the Gospel into the surrounding community. The Missional Leader emphasizes principles rather than institutional forms, shows readers how to move away from “church as usual,” and demonstrates what capacities, environments, and mindsets are required to lead a missional church.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780787983253
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 04/14/2006
Series: Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series , #17
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 726,685
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Alan J. Roxburgh is a pastor, teacher, writer, and consultant with more than thirty years' experience in church leadership, consulting, and seminary education. He works with the Allelon Missional Leadership Network in the formation of leaders for the missional church.

Fred Romanuk is an organizational psychologist who has led strategic planning initiatives for many large organizations in Canada and the United States. He has also worked with senior executives in assessing and developing the capabilities of people in leadership roles.

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Table of Contents

About Leadership Network ix

Foreword xi

Introduction xv

Part One: The Context and Challenge of Missional Leadership 1

1 Six Critical Issues for Missional Leadership 3

2 Cultivating the Imagination of the Missional Leader 15

3 Change and Transition: Navigating the Challenges 37

4 The Big Picture: Understanding the Context of the Missional Congregation 61

5 The Missional Change Model 79

Part Two: The Missional Leader 109

6 Missional Readiness Factors and the Nature of Leadership 111

7 The Character of a Missional Leader 125

8 Cultivating the People of God for a Missional Future 143

9 Forming a Missional Environment and Culture 165

10 Engaging Context with a Christian Imagination 171

11 Conclusion: Putting Together a Team for Leadership Development 183

Notes 207

Acknowledgments 211

About the Authors 213

Index 215

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"Alan J. Roxburgh and Fred Romanuk are two of the few people in theworld today who understand how we can create an environment for themissional transformation of the church for the postmodern world.Every church leader should read this book!"
—Rev. Dr. Clark D. Cowden, evangelist presbyter, Presbyteryof San Joaquin, Presbyterian Church

"Discontinuous change wreaks havoc among congregations andpastors who aren’t familiar with the new terrain.  Whenit comes to navigating this new land, Roxburgh and Romanuk have myear and gratitude.  Effective, dependable, useful . . . their wisdom is helping retool our congregation for daring androbust witness.  And among my students—who feel changedeep in their bones, both its threats and opportunities—thisbook is a vital companion as they begin their ministries."
—Chris William Erdman, senior pastor, University PresbyterianChurch; adjunct faculty, MB Biblical Seminary Biblical Seminary

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jesposito on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alan Roxburgh: The Missional LeaderThesis: ¿A missional church is a community of God's people who live into the imagination that they are, by their very nature, God's missionary people living as a demonstration of what God plans to do in and for all of creation in Jesus Christ. ¿ While the previous statement remains true, our culture is experiencing a time of ¿discontinuous change¿ which will ¿transform a culture forever, tipping it over into something new. ¿ If this is true, then a leader must emerge that does not seek to preserve the structures of the old paradigm of faithfulness which is passing away, but who instead ¿creates an environment within which the people of God in a particular location can thrive¿. Thus, the missional leader is one who recognizes that the ¿game has changed and the rules are different¿ and in turn sets about to cultivate ¿the missional imagination of the people of God in the midst of massive change¿. Evaluation of Sources:Many are aware of the seminal work Missional Church, which was written under the leadership of Darrel Guder and others. Alan Roxburgh is one of those `others¿ which gives him a sort of instant credibility based on his participation in that phenomenal work. In fact, what Roxburgh is doing in this book is nothing other than attempting to flesh out what changes in leadership would necessarily look like if we re-interpreted our congregations as missional and began to live into that calling. Of course, we must admit that Roxburgh has certain limitations when attempting to deconstruct the current paradigm of leadership, since he is an `insider¿¿a resident of North America¿which necessarily limits his prospective lenses. It would have been preferable for Roxburgh to team together with others outside of this context in order to further exegete and then deconstruct the ¿discontinuous change¿ that we find ourselves in . However, given those limitations, I think Roxburgh has done an excellent job of laying some groundwork for future exploration of the theme of `missional leadership¿.Since this work is roughly a continuation and extension of the Missional Church project, I do not expect that Roxburgh would again need to be tasked with the responsibility to lay the theological framework that Missional Church already has. Thus, as expected given the foregoing, Roxburgh¿s citation of critical sources is light. I do think, however, that the source material for the social science perspectives should have more widely integrated. As someone who is not knowledgeable about the social sciences, it would have been helpful to find my bearings by understanding Roxburgh¿s starting point a bit better here. Overall, I find this study to be a strong one and a necessary extension of the theology that Missional Church introduces. It is nice to see some orthopraxy being fleshed out, especially in the way of helping those tasked with the leadership of communities understand the roles they can play in order to cultivate a culture of mission.Tracing the Main Idea:The major development of the theological framework for Roxburgh¿s suggested practicum is derived from Missional Church as has been said before. Within the boundaries of this book, most of the revisitation of those fundamental concepts are seen in Part One: The Context and Challenge of Missional Leadership. It is in these initial pages that we are reminded that missional leadership must be organic and new, and never merely a repackaging of the old paradigm. This is true since we are currently experiencing a time of ¿discontinuous change¿ that will not be effected by our old methods derived from an old paradigm. Fundamental to the belief that we must develop genuinely new ways of talking about missional leadership is the conviction that missional faithfulness is highly contextual and is therefore determined to a large degree by its setting. This in turn derives from an understanding of the necessity of the word becoming flesh in each ne
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