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Product Details

  • Series: Gospel & Our Culture
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company; Reprint edition (February 9, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802843506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802843500
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Darrell L. Guder is Henry Winters Luce Chair of Missional and Ecumenical Theology and Dean-elect at Princeton Theological Seminary.

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This book was written really well.
Lauren N. Gam
It will, however, provide valuable new perspectives to people from Protestant and Roman Catholic traditions as well.
Steven E. Clapp
This book should be a must read by anyone who wants to have God's desire for the Christian church.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Victor McCracken on May 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is one of the better books currently available introducing church leaders, pastors and lay ministers to ecclesiology from a missional perspective. Guder and his fellow writers do a worthy job of synthesizing contemporary perspectives on church in post-Christian North America. Especially engaging is the way that the writers articulate the distinctive claims a Canadian culture (as opposed to an United States culture) will make on a missional church. There are valuable lessons here for pastors seeking to become more adept in cultural discernment. What is lacking in this book are concrete examples of what a missional church "looks like" in ways different than what one finds in Christendom. One hopes that this is an absence that will be addressed in the next four volumes. In short, check out this book as a synthesis of ecclesiology from a post-liberal perspective (a la Hauerwas, Yoder, Brueggemann). Also, a note for pastors: Chapter 7, "Missional Leadership: Equipping God's People for Mission," is worth the price of the book.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Leon de Huanuco on August 13, 2002
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Guder does an outstanding job of editing this text.
The writers present a quality summary of today's American spiritual culture as well as justification for returning the church back to its apostolic (i.e. sent) roots. The mission of God is so well presented in this book that I'm going to use it as a required text in the evangelism/mission course that I'm teaching this fall at a Christian/Lutheran university.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian Bain on June 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Missional Church" is a sound volume for someone new to the conversation on what it means to be missional. Its assessment of the current state of the North American church is fair and accurate and the history that got the church where it is is well summarized and to the point. The sections on the shaping and leading of the missional community were especially helpful as they give a general lesson on what the change that needs to be made looks like. The book is much heavier on theory than it is on practice but there are plenty of quality books that deal with the practice. For someone unfamiliar with idea of the church in North America being a "sent community," this book will set them well on an exciting journey.
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We used this book in our Sunday School Book Study group and it generated strong feelings and fiery discussion which is always welcome in any book study group.
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By joe on July 31, 2012
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I am eager to get an e-copy of this book for now. Can I get a kindle version to read on my kindle?
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By cmg on October 20, 2011
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A decent read. I read it for a class. Some of the information was decent but it is generally geared toward people that have no understanding of the postmodern worldview.
My biggest issue is that some chapters flow beautifully and some chapters are like trying to run through neck deep maple syrup. I believe this is due to the multiple authors and their distinct writing styles.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jim Love on December 3, 1999
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I've been plugging this book at clergy gatherings for the last 6 months. This book was a partial answer to a prayer that I've had for years, "God, What are you calling us to become, because it seems clear that we can't continue with the Christendom models." I've read a lot of other books, but none come close to giving the depth of anaysis into the problem of Christendom. The essays in this book present an exiciting mission for the church as it moves to the margins of culture. The book is not an easy read for those who have limited theological training. However, with a copy of Westminsters Dictionary of Theological Terms in hand, thoughtful Christians will gain a host of insight into the North American Church context(AND YES! They do separate anaysis for Canada and the USA context). Rev. Jim Love (United Church of Canada)
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bradley J. Brisco VINE VOICE on January 9, 2007
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This is book is the first in a series entitled "The Gospel and our Culture Series." It was written by a team of six authors and it provides an excellent introduction to the relationship of the church and culture and why the church must see itself not as "having" a mission, but "being" a missional community. The book challenges the consumer approach that is found in much of the North American church and promotes a missional ecclesiology that sees the church as a living, breathing organism that is being sent (Apostolically) into the culture to bring transformation where ever it goes.

List strengths of book.

The book does an excellent job, better than I have ever read anywhere else, on presenting the mission of God. The book also offers an excellent bibliography of more than twelve pages for research on a missional ecclesiology.

List weaknesses of book.

While the book is probably strengthened by the work of the research team the writing in the book seemed at times to be too varied between authors. Secondly, the book would have been strengthened with concrete examples of what a missional church look likes.
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