The Faith of Leap: Embracing a Theology of Risk, Adventure & Courage

The Faith of Leap: Embracing a Theology of Risk, Adventure & Courage

by Michael Frost, Alan Hirsch


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801014154
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/15/2011
Series: Shapevine Series
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Michael Frost is vice principal of Morling College; founding director of the Tinsley Institute at Morling college in Sydney, Australia; and a Baptist minister. He is the author of Jesus the Fool, Seeing God in the Ordinary, and Exiles, and the coauthor of The Shaping of Things to Come. He lives in Australia.

Alan Hirsch is founding director of Forge Mission Training Network and cofounder of, an international forum for engaging with world-transforming ideas. Currently he leads an innovative learning program called Future Travelers which helps megachurches become missional movements. He is the author of numerous books, including The Forgotten Ways, and coauthor of Untamed and Right Here, Right Now. Hirsch lives in the Los Angeles area.

Table of Contents

About the Shapevine Missional Series 11

Series Editor's Preface 13

The End of the Beginning: Introduction 15

From the Leap of Faith to the Faith of Leap 17

The End of the Beginning 20

Casting Off in the Midst of Crisis 23

1 The Spirit's Edge: Putting Adventure Back into the Venture 27

The Elements of a Liminal Life 30

Cultivating a Holy Urgency 39

Leading in Liminality 43

The Upside of Down: The By-Products of Liminality 46

The Burning Platform 48

2 Jesus Is My Disequilibrium: Where Friends Become Comrades 51

Communit-eh? 53

Dr. Turner, I Presume … 55

Communion, Up in the Air 58

Liminality-Communitas by the Book 61

The Rhythm of Life 65

Everyday Adventure 69

Embedding an Adventure Spirituality 72

3 A Walk on the Wilder Side: Overcoming Fear in Pursuit of Wild Hope 79

The Faith of Leap 80

Putting Fear into Perspective 82

The Church's Role 86

A Vision Bigger Than Our Fears 87

The Educational Aspects of Adventure 92

Stakeholding 99

Burn the Boats! 100

4 The Hero's Journey: Becoming Who We Were Made to Be 103

The Hero with a Thousand Faces 106

What Did Jesus Do? 110

Myth-Making 112

Reel Communitas 114

You Are a Hero, Now Be One 118

Broadening It All Out 121

The Missional Matrix 122

5 Getting Over Risk Aversion: Extracting Truth from Dare 129

Searching for the Sweet Spot 130

The Remarkable Story of Risk 132

Addressing Our Loss Aversion 136

The Removal of Risk in Contemporary Society 139

Leadership and the Risk-Averse 142

Risk-Taking and the Dangers of Individualism 145

6 Missional Catalysis: Thinking Differently about the Church and Her Mission 153

The Great Divorce 155

Is a Can Opener a Can Opener …? 158

What on Earth Is the Church For? 159

Mission as Catalysis 167

7 The Risk of Neighborliness: An Invitation to Take the Plunge 179

Suburban Homelessness 182

Risky Negotiation 186

Missionary, Grow Home! 193

Bringing It All Home 196

Don't Just Do Something, Sit There! 201

The Beginning of the End: Conclusion 205

Notes 209

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