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Almost a decade ago, in his bestselling book The Present Future, Reggie McNeal talked about the growing phenomenon of post-congregational Christians, people who, for a variety of reasons, choose to pursue their spiritual journey outside the routines and rhythms of the congregational model of church that has dominated religious activity for centuries. This development has created ripe conditions to produce and to nurture a new life form of church that intersects people in the middle of lifein their homes, their workplaces, their leisure pursuits, their passions to help others.
In Missional Communities McNeal shows us this new form of church and how it differs in its rhythms, its celebrations, its activities, and its scorecard. He maintains that it is not for everyone, nor is it the replacement for centuries of church practice. But it is clearly a growing phenomenon that cannot be ignored. At the very heart of the book are stories about some of these new missional communities, each one illustrating a fresh and different chapter in God's work in and through the church. The settings range from Europe to North America, from suburb to city to college campus, from neighborhood to workplace. McNeal presents these stories in the hopes of exciting the imaginations of those attracted to this burgeoning movementwhether they want to get started in their own distinctive way of doing missional community or want to be more missional in their traditional practices.
For all those thousands of churches and leaders who have followed Reggie McNeal's bold lead, Missional Communities offers a vision of a new and vibrant life form in churches.
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Praise for Missional Communities
"Once again, Reggie McNeal proclaims what too few have intuited: that God's Spirit is blowing in a new direction like a hurricane headwind. Thank God, we have Reggie to show us how the church can once more 'mount up with wings as eagles.'" Charles Anderson, directing pastor, University United Methodist Church, San Antonio, Texas
"Every uncharted territory requires a guide who has seen the other side of the mountain. In Missional Communities Reggie serves as that guide who introduces you to the people, practices, and scorecard of this fresh growth plate of the kingdom." Eric Swanson, coauthor, The Externally Focused Quest and To Transform a City
"Reggie is an iconoclast. His ideas and vision break open our sense of what it means to 'be' and 'do' church. If you love God and believe in the future of the church you will read this book." Rev. Chip Edens, rector, Christ Church, Charlotte, North Carolina
"Reggie McNeal has given voice to those of us who dream of a church that is not just a conspiracy of strangers but a redemptive community on mission for God. For those who dare to make the journey this book provides some invaluable navigational charts for how to get there." Gary Brandenburg, lead pastor, Fellowship Bible Church Dallas, Texas
"Classic Reggie McNeal! An in-your-face prophetic wake-up call that congregational ministry business as usual is not going to get the job done. But he gives us hope that we can make the change as he reports on how post-congregational ministry is being effective."Buford Lipscomb, senior pastor, Liberty Church, Pensacola, Florida
"Our staff team has been deeply impacted by the challenges and thinking of Reggie McNeal. He has served us by helping us think beyond ourselves, reminding us that true community results in mission, and continually bringing us back to the glorious mission of Jesus."Eric Geiger, Christ Fellowship, Miami, Florida