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Missional Renaissance: Changing the Scorecard for the Church Hardcover – February 3, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0470243442 ISBN-10: 0470243449 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (February 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470243449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470243442
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Let me say this outright: This book is a must-read for Jesus-Creeders." (Beliefnet.com)

From the Inside Flap

When Reggie McNeal's best-selling book The Present Future was published, it quickly became one of the definitive works on the "missional church movement." McNeal helped to define the widespread movement among churches that wanted to become more oriented toward the culture and community around them. In that book, McNeal asked the tough questions that churches needed to wrestle with to begin to think about who they are and what they are doing.

In Missional Renaissance, the much-anticipated follow-up to his groundbreaking book, Reggie McNeal shows the three significant shifts in the church leaders' thinking and behavior that will allow their congregations to chart a course toward becoming truly a missional congregation.

To embrace the missional model, church leaders and members must shift

  • From an internal to an external focus, ending the church as exclusive social club model

  • From running programs and ministries to developing people as its core activity

  • From church-based leadership to community-engaged leadership

The book is filled with in-depth discussions of what it means to become a missional congregation and important information on how to make the transition. With an understanding of the nature of the missional church and the practical suggestions outlined in this book, church leaders and members will be equipped to move into what McNeal sees as the most viable future for Christianity.

Missional Renaissance offers a clear path for any leader or congregation that wants to breathe new life into the church and to become revitalized as true followers of Jesus.

More About the Author

Reggie enjoys helping people, leaders, and Christian organizations pursue more intentional lives. He currently serves as the Missional Leadership Specialist for Leadership Network of Dallas, TX. Reggie's past experience involves over a decade as a denominational executive and leadership development coach. He also served in local congregational leadership for over twenty years, including being the founding pastor of a new church. Reggie has lectured or taught as adjunct faculty for multiple seminaries, including Fuller Theological (Pasadena, CA), Southwestern Baptist (Ft. Worth, TX), Golden Gate Baptist (San Francisco, CA), Trinity Divinity School (Deerfield, IL), and Columbia International (Columbia, SC). In addition, he has served as a consultant to local church, denomination, and para-church leadership teams, as well as seminar developer and presenter for thousands of church leaders across North America. He has also resourced the United States Army Chief of Chaplains Office, Air Force chaplains, and the Air Force Education and Training Command. Reggie's work also extends to the business sector, including The Gallup Organization.

Reggie has contributed to numerous denominational publications and church leadership journals, including Leadership and Net Results. His books include Revolution in Leadership (Abingdon Press, 1998), A Work of Heart: Understanding How God Shapes Spiritual Leaders (Jossey-Bass, 2000), The Present Future (Jossey-Bass, 2003), Practicing Greatness (Jossey-Bass, 2006), Get A Life! (Broadman & Holman, 2007). His latest book, Missional Renaissance: Changing the Scorecard for the Church (Jossey-Bass, 2009) details the three shifts that church leaders must make to engage the missional movement and offers suggestions for a different scorecard to reflect missional ministry.

Reggie's education includes a B.A. degree from the University of South Carolina and the M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees both from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Reggie and his wife Cathy, have two daughters, Jessica and Susanna, and make their home in Columbia, South Carolina.

Customer Reviews

The book was interesting and very imformative.
Linda Lamb
I have read a few books, like UnChristian by Kinnaman, and asked myself "So now what to do" and this book has the "what to do" in it.
Reggie's words are real for anyone who seeks to encourage pastors or leaders toward a healthy and positive future of the Church.
Kim Johnson

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By John W. Pearson VINE VOICE on November 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Reggie McNeal says that "the rise of the missional church is the single biggest development in Christianity since the Reformation." That's an extraordinary claim--and you should read his latest book to see if you agree.

Churches, he argues, can now be divided into two groups: those that get it (being missional) and those that don't. The typical clergyperson, McNeal writes, "Is groomed to do project management (yes, even the sermon is a project) and perform religious rites, not develop people." So he calls the church to a new role and a new scorecard:
* Ministry focus: from internal to external
* Core activity: from program development to people development
* Leadership agenda: from church-based to kingdom-based

The missional movement is not about "doing church" better. "It is not church growth in a new dress," or a hot new trend or fad. So what is it? McNeal says that "the missional church is the people of God partnering with God in his redemptive mission in the world." The focus is on the world, not a full calendar of church activities that are exhausting, not equipping, God's people.

The author/church consultant reports on many North American church leaders who have moved from a church-centric operation (come to our buildings) to a community focus (we go to you). Example: a senior pastor sent his staff into the community (malls, schools, stores, etc.) and asked them to observe people through God's eyes for one hour. Their conclusion: all the nifty programs back at the church were not now reaching nor would they ever reach those people. Then on a Sunday he sent the whole church into the community to observe. Bingo! The people got it--and it turned the church upside down by being outwardly focused.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Donald Waybright on April 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
McNeal captures the current of the stream of the Holy Spirit working in the N American church today. He is saying what most of us are saying, but with brilliant clarity. This book will continue to fuel the intensity of the God movement taking place.

The Scorecard is a challenge...the new movement requires new measurements (if we need to measure?). McNeal gives ideas to help generate this scorecard, but this will continue to be a challenge for missional leaders. If anyone has quality solutions send me an email at dwaybright@sugarcreek.net

Also...the attractional model is not evil. The Great Commission is the overriding purpose and goal of the church. Both the nation of Israel in Old Testament and the Holy Nation of the church in New Testament have attractional and incarnational elements. In many cases the church in N America has abandoned its incarnational gifts by conforming to the dominant culture. The Holy Spirit is birthing a renaissance, as Reggie implies, that is restoring this spirit-filled dynamic to the church.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By PTV on February 9, 2012
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Having read other books by McNeal, I expected a good, challenging read. Sorry, Reggie, but you just sound like an angry, snied, and snotty church official in this book. The book has some good things to say but comes across too much like so many high-handed church books that say, "I am the ultimate authority and anyone that dares disagree with me is wrong and part of the problem with church!" Also there are spots where McNeal clearly writes in language appropriated from postmoderns. But I believe the intended audience is the traditional church crowd. Our study group laughed at how the book urged us to change what and how we do things to reach a different audience, but McNeal didn't practice what he preached in some of his own language. Some in our group didn't even understand what his language meant in some places. I really don't recommend this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Acton on May 14, 2009
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Save yourself some time and shipping costs and just buy a copy for your whole leadership team now. I've only read a handful of books that have impacted my desire to change the world more (Organic Church is another good one). I wish I could buy a copy for every pastor in America! As an organic church that still struggles with old paradigms (everyone in the midwest has been "to church" and has ideas burned into their brain), this book will help our team communicate God's true heart, give us dozens of ideas and help us evaluate our progress better. Thanks, Reggie!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daryl Eldridge on February 17, 2009
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McNeal gets it. This book provides hope for every church that wants to make more and better Christians. This is not a theoretical read, but a practical handbook for the missional leader. One of my favorite quotes: "We bought and paid for the lie that Six Flags over Jesus was what the world needed. We believed that if we built better churches, our cities would be better off. . . The jig is up . . . The program-driven church has produced a brand of Christianity that is despised, not just ignored, by people outside the church."
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Morine VINE VOICE on November 12, 2009
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Mostly, I always enjoy Reggie McNeal's material. His book "The Present-Future" was excellent. His material on spiritual leadership and formation is superb as well. This book did not disappoint. McNeal takes some of the scholarly concepts of the missional church and explains them to a wider audience. Not all of the material one will use, but there is a ton of insight into the present world and how the church can engage in this work. This is a good book for leaders to read and for ministers to read to understand the foundations of the missional church. You will be inspired and educated. He deals with three major shifts in the church. He looks at the shift from internal to external, from program to people development, and from church thinking to kingdom thinking. I felt that the sections on the first two shifts were excellent. This is a good introductory book on the missional movement.
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