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Introducing the Missional Church: What It Is, Why It Matters, How to Become One (Allelon Missional Series) Paperback – November 1, 2009
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Ours is a post-Christian culture, making it necessary for church leaders to think like missionaries right here at home. In Introducing the Missional Church, two leading voices in the missional movement provide an accessible introduction, explaining how the movement developed, why it's important, and how churches can become more missional.
"Roxburgh and Boren offer the clearest explication of missional thinking. I believe this book is the very best on the missional church. Highly recommended." --Ryan Bolger, associate professor, Church in Contemporary Culture, Fuller Theological Seminary; coauthor, Emerging Churches
"If you've ever wondered what 'missional' means and what real difference it makes in the life of the church, this is the place to start."--John R. Franke, Clemens Professor of Missional Theology, Biblical Seminary; author, Manifold Witness
"A wonderful, imaginative exploration into what it means for the church to be missional. Roxburgh and Boren navigate through the defining issues and then give us concrete means for leading our churches through the transition. It is the book we have sorely needed."--David Fitch, B. R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology, Northern Seminary, Reclaimingthemission.com
"Introducing the Missional Church supplies one's journey with God into the uncharted waters of being God's people in a changing culture."--C. Gene Wilkes, PhD, senior pastor, Legacy Church, Plano, Texas; author, Jesus On Leadership
Alan J. Roxburgh is a teacher, trainer, and consultant who works with Allelon and framing resources for the missional church internationally. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including The Missional Church, The Missional Leader, and Reaching a New Generation.
M. Scott Boren is one of the pastors at Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a trainer, a consultant, and the author of The Relational Way and How Do We Get There from Here? He works with Allelon in developing training materials on the missional church.
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My takeaway from this book was that a missional church is filled with individuals who are passionate about being in and extending God's kingdom in unique ways. It's certainly not a program or a model one can hastily create in an existing church and expect instantaneous results. Many of the examples of missional living the authors cite surround individuals who discover ministry opportunities in their communities and start doing ministry, not about churches who started a new missions initiative. Nor can a pastor or church launch a program to make members or small groups of members "missional." It's all about empowering people to be missional and effectively supporting their efforts.
For some, this book will be a very frustrating read. They want a straightforward recipe for moving consumer Christians out of their comfy chairs and into missional activities...and it cannot be found in this book. Others will be pleased with the absence of "six ways to become missional" or a list of practical how-to's for small groups to move into missional living.
This is far more of a "how to be" than "what to do" kind of book. I will read it again soon because I want to be a missional believer and pastor a missional church. What Roxburgh and Boren offer concerning the missional church is somewhat elusive, but still very good--and very different from what you might have read from Ed Stetzer Or Reggie McNeil. Boren and Roxbourgh suggest experimenting in different ways to introduce it to your church to see if it emerges naturally.
The next section provides the model for transformation to a missional church. The authors have a lot of experience working with churches during this time of change. This is a good model and in "Missional Leader" one of the authors provides this model with more of a leader's perspective in mind. The final section concerning the role of the board is excellent. Of course in the churches of Christ, we have elders, but this model will work with them just as well. You cannot move in this direction unless the leadership is on the team.
This was a good book to introduce the missional church, it was not as good for me because at this point I am writing my dissertation on this stuff, so the material was mostly a repeat. If you have little experience with the missional church, this is a good starting point, but there are even better books out there for deeper reading.
My only criticism is that there is too much in the application of the book that seem reliant on programs offered by the authors. Not only did it leave me feeling like I hadn't got my moneys worth, the cost of the programs quickly made it clear that only certain kinds of churches (not mine) could afford such a next step.
Over all, though, it is a good book.
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This is a good book to know the basic information and concept about the Missional church and how to be a missional church.Published 19 months ago by Pohan Chang
It is giving great insights as to why the American Churches are loosing populations. Society has been evolving but the Church does not keep up.Published on August 2, 2013 by Christena Fox
Finding the point of this book was almost as hard as getting the author to define "missional." It's a lot of talk, story, and babel, but the author never really gives... Read morePublished on May 8, 2013 by David Mathews
If this is supposed to be for the average church leader, then the authors assume average church leaders are well educated and versed in church lingo and politics.Published on January 22, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I'm academically studying the missional church, so I've read 101 books on the topic. This is probably one of the most accessible yet adequate introductions on the topic I have... Read morePublished on January 15, 2013 by Corey
The concepts introduced here aren't new, but they're communicated in a very easy, understandable way, with online assessment resources for your church. Read morePublished on September 8, 2012 by J. Rose
This book is hard to get interested in until the fourth chapter at which time it becomes exciting. It does not contain any easy answers to the missional church concept but does... Read morePublished on March 10, 2012 by anon
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This book gives a thorough treatment of the subject of a missional church. Before reading this book I had a general idea of what a missional church was. Read morePublished on January 12, 2011 by Aaron B. Phillips