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The Missional Leader: Equipping Your Church to Reach a Changing World Hardcover – April 7, 2006
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—Rev. Dr. Clark D. Cowden, evangelist presbyter, Presbytery of San Joaquin, Presbyterian Church
"Discontinuous change wreaks havoc among congregations and pastors who aren’t familiar with the new terrain. When it comes to navigating this new land, Roxburgh and Romanuk have my ear and gratitude. Effective, dependable, useful . . . their wisdom is helping retool our congregation for daring and robust witness. And among my students—who feel change deep in their bones, both its threats and opportunities—this book is a vital companion as they begin their ministries."
—Chris William Erdman, senior pastor, University Presbyterian Church; adjunct faculty, MB Biblical Seminary Biblical Seminary
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Through The Missional Network, Alan leads conferences, seminars and consultations with denominations, congregations and seminaries across North America, Asia, Europe, Australia and the UK. Alan consults with these groups in the areas of leadership for missional transformation and innovating missional change across denominational systems. Along with the team at TMN, he provides practical tools and resources for leaders of church systems and local congregations.
When not traveling or writing, Alan enjoys mountain biking, hiking, cooking and hanging out with Jane and their five grandchildren as well as drinking great coffee in the Pacific North West.
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Roxburgh is one of the foremost leading thinkers in everything missional, yet he is a pastor at heart with over thirty years of experience in church leadership, consulting, and seminary education. He is also leads The Missional Network, which is an organization that is committed to resourcing missional leaders. On the other hand, Romanuk is an experienced psychologist with years of organizational consulting experience. He brings expertise in assessing and developing the potential of people in leadership roles.
The thesis of this book is that every church needs to move from a consumeristic model to a missional model, since the very nature of the church is to be God's missionary people. Roxburgh and Romanuk explain how leaders need to make this transition first personally before being able to lead his/her church through this transition.
In part one, the authors explore the context and challenge of missional leadership. They begin by outlining six critical issues for missional leadership, which then leads them to describing a three zone model for missional leadership. This three zone model outlines the different ways that leaders need to lead based on the stage of their organization. The authors then close this part by presenting their five stage missional change model, which "offers leaders a way to cultivate an environment in which missional imagination can thrive" (141). In part two, the authors look at the preparation, ongoing training, character, and cultivation that a missional leader needs to go through to be effective.Read more ›
Roxburgh and Romanuk offer sound frameworks for a leader to help a church to dream together, cultivate an imagination for mission, develop a plan for change and implement it. They stress the importance of missional leadership and imagining fresh approaches for mission rather than merely adopting and repackaging existing programs: `Even though the regular operational or administrative functions of a congregation continue to require attention, they must now support other leadership skills: cultivating the missional imagination of the people of God in the midst of massive change.' (p.14) Their `missional change model' assumes that the people of God have the capacity and resources to do the mission that God is calling them to. It also assumes that conflict and tension are necessary and unavoidable accompaniments of any change, and that change needs missional change-agent skills and capacities. For example, Rogers' stages of diffusion of innovation are helpful for understanding that the process of implementing any change takes time through a number of stages: knowledge, persuasion, decision, experimentation and confirmation. The writers encourage questioning and cultivating a conversation to adapt and best serve their community.
Originally reviewed for D Cronshaw "The Emerging Church: Pioneering Leadership and Innovation Reading Guide", Zadok Paper (Forthcoming 2010).
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This book is so needed right now. A new paradigm for church leadership is finally here. For too long we've accepted business or medical model for church leadership all the while... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brent Enget
This book has some interesting ideas, but not exactly implementable in a church of 24 without getting the whole church on board. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Pamela Pask
The book "The Missional Leader" is a wonderful perspective on religion. The author is a fantastic lecturer as well.Published 13 months ago by Shirley Ericson
These authors team up and give an approachable framework for Missional ministry without taking an, "everything you have have ever done in the past is wrong approach."Published 14 months ago by Daniel W. Keeton
Fluff Ball Leader had a hard time with this book. Not that every book on church leadership needs sweeping, Steinbeckian prose to carry you through it, but this book felt at times... Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by david
But not to me. The overall idea is okay, but the much touted (by the authors) spirituality is jejune, not coming from much experience.Published on January 22, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This book caught my imagination from the outset as it addressed my leadership and the congregation I serve. Read morePublished on July 14, 2012 by Andrew
I have been a "fan" of Alan Roxburgh since 2004 when I read his book Crossing the Bridge where he describes the journey the church is on as crossing a bridge and not knowing where... Read morePublished on September 20, 2011 by Amazon Customer
The Missional Leader provides some very important insights and guidance for church leaders attempting to navigate the challenges of this age. Read morePublished on October 5, 2010 by Steve James