“Shaped by God’s Heart
is a stimulating contribution to the growing and increasingly diverse engagement in the vision of the missional church. Mifred Minatrea has drawn together insights from a remarkable spectrum of resources, which he synthesizes in strategies for missional transformation and which reward careful reading and provoke further exploration. His carefully thought-out proposals invite experimentation and innovation. This constructive work is encouraging to anyone concerned about the missional faithfulness of the Christian church in North America.”--Darrell L. Guder, Henry Winters Luce Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
“Milfred Minatrea is a pilgrim not a conquistador. His book is not a map drawn by someone who’s conquered the land. It is a compass with a true north, that points to survival in the secular wilderness where Christ himself is waiting on vitality to knock. Read and the compass is yours. Knock and the door will open. This book does not point the way to church growth. It calls the reader to honest pilgrimage—to find the way to meaningful faith. Milfred Minatrea knows that where meaning is married to hope, vitality is born.”--Calvin Miller, professor of divinity, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
“Mifred Minatrea has distilled the essence of what it means to be a missional church. The insightful summarization and articulation of distinctive practices can be the launch pad for every courageous church leader who wants to bring Kingdom impact to their world both locally and globally.”--Carol Davis, executive director, Global Spectrum; and consultant to mission leaders around the world
“Milfred Minatrea is missional! This book will be invaluable to churches who want to join the missional journey in the twenty-first century.”--William Tinsley, WorldconneX; author, The Jesus Encounter
From the Inside Flap
Increasingly, todays churches have become isolated from rather than engaged in the world. Many ministers and lay leaderswho have stable churches, good relationships with their congregations, and useful ministriesfeel there is something vital missing.
Shaped by Gods Heart reveals that its not the churchs activity level that defines success but whether its activities accomplish Gods mission for His church. This book helps ministers and church leaders move beyond mere survival and maintenance toward a thriving missional mode for their congregations. Missional congregations become fully relevant to todays society without losing what is distinctively Christian in their spiritual practices.
This important resource draws on an extensive two-year field study of two hundred churches from a variety of denominations and geographic regions. Milfred Minatreaa missiologist, urban strategist, and practitioner in ministryshows how these vibrant congregations are abandoning themselves to Gods purpose in mission and presents the best practices for reenergizing Christian spirituality in a congregational setting. Shaped by Gods Heart includes a Missional Practice Assessment tool to evaluate a congregations position on the continuum between maintenance and mission and to determine the actions that will move the congregation toward becoming a true missional community.
As Minatrea emphasizes, knowing Gods purpose and pursuing it with deep passion, is the first step in becoming missional. Minatrea outlines the nine common practices that characterize missional churches. In addition, each of the books chapters contain relevant exercises for reflection and application as well as resources for additional study.
Once transformed, missional churches have a profound effect on their members lives out in the world. Their influence results in new followers of Christ and the development of new communities of faith.