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Breaking the Missional Code: Your Church Can Become a Missionary in Your Community Hardcover – May 1, 2006
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What an extremely exciting book this is! It's books like this which give me hope for the future church. -- Dan Kimball, author of The Emerging Church
About the Author
Ed’s primary role is President of LifeWay Research and LifeWay’s Missiologist in Residence.
David Putman is executive pastor at Mountain Lake Church, which is located just outside Atlanta, Georgia.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book contains some very challenging and helpful information for church planters/pastors/leaders and local church mission teams. For example, the authors begin with a helpful picture of the U.S. changing "glocal" (global/local reality) culture and practical steps to identify the unreached/unchurched people in their community. I also appreciate the emphasis on discipleship and the acknowledgement and warning that we an actually attract a crowd without having a church.
Every church should continually examine human imposed traditions and customs, which can cause a church to stagnate and die. The church must be willing to grow, adapt and try new things to stay healthy and effective. However, the book puts too much emphasis on style, technique and marketing know-how. The authors point to the many "successes" of other churches as a defense of the importance of being missional.
My concern is that while these successful churches have found a niche in their community and experienced growth, some grow as s a result of marketing rather than conversion. When we reinvent the church in order to attract the world, there is a tendency to eliminate or compromise the gospel, because it is divisive, offensive and even foolish to the world. Breaking the Missional Code touches on this fact but continues to advocate style and technique over the importance and power of the gospel itself. There is a great temptation for niche churches to offer another, more palatable, gospel in order to avoid offense.Read more ›
Stetzer and Putnam write, "A church that is incarnational is interested more in the harvest than in the barn."
"The answer is not to make all of our churches look alike. The answer is to have everyone seeking the same thing: to glorify God by being an indigenous expression of church life where they are."
"Over a decade ago, George Hunter began informing us that secular people had 'no Christian memory' and that the church no longer enjoyed a 'home court advantage.'"
"The key to breaking the code of a community is to have the heart of the Father for that community. The only way to do that is by spending serious amounts fo time with the one who loved Jerusalem deeply enough to weep over it."
This book could be described as a how-to manual to understand the people in each culture around a local church and developing a strategy to break those codes, since, using their memorable phrase, cultures in Opp, Alabama are different from those in Seattle, Washington. (I've been through Opp-definitely different.) This is a book that I wish I had had before we started our transition. It you are a pastor praying through the decision to transtion to reach your community, this book is perfect for your congregational leadership.
Other, important points include how the attempted by-the-book cross application of mega-church principles was doomed to fail on a large scale and a brief distinction of how emerging is not the same as missional and a 3 part breakdown of the former (Relevants, Reconstructionists and Revisionists).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The concepts are interesting but it's long-winded and a bit "grass is greener", IMO. Why is it, for example, that a church of 200 "cowboys" (one of the examples... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Brian
This book is packed with good data and practical suggestions. But the best bit of information demands the reader exegete their own community instead of the good ministry idea fits... Read morePublished 18 months ago by pontiacvibe
This book convincingly asserts that we can no longer think of evangelism and missions as separate endeavors. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Steve Campbell