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About Alan J. Roxburgh
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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The decline in mainstream religious denominations is palpable. For years, the question has been: How can we “fix” the church? With thirty years of experience pastoring congregations in small towns, suburbs, and urban neighborhoods in renewal, Alan J. Roxburg knows that the answer is to instead, embrace the church, reinvigorate communities with the Holy Spirit, and re-engage our neighbors with the mission of God. In this timely perspective on the role of the church in today’s environment, he shows how each one of us can become a leader in that mission.
Roxburg distills the best missional wisdom for both clergy and laity alike, and offers concrete steps in transforming individual congregations and society. He sheds light on the troubling history that brought us to this point, and how ecumenically and globally we can implement the simple but necessary steps to build from it. An urgent call for Christians to guide any church—large or small—to becoming a vital center for a new spirituality, Joining God is an invitation “to embark on the journey you always wanted to take” (Philip Clayton, scholar, activist and author of Transforming Christian Theology).
Guidance for church leaders to develop their own maps and chart new paths toward stronger, more vibrant, and more missional congregations
In the burgeoning missional church movement, churches are seeking to become less focused on programs for members and more oriented toward outreach to people who are not already in church. This fundamental shift in what a congregation is and does and thinks is challenging for leaders and congregants. Using the metaphor of map-making, the book explains the perspective and skills needed to lead congregations and denominations in a time of radical change over unfamiliar terrain as churches change their focus from internal to external.
- Offers a clear guide for leaders wanting to transition to a missional church model
- Written by Alan Roxburgh, a prominent expert and practitioner in the missional movement
- Guides leaders seeking to create new maps for leadership and church organization and focus
- A Volume in the popular Leadership Network Series
This book is written to be accessible to all Christian congregational styles and denominations.
Introducing the Missional Church demonstrates that ours is a post-Christian culture, making it necessary for church leaders to think like missionaries right here at home. Focusing on a process that allows a church to discern its unique way of being missional, it guides readers on a journey that will lead them to implement a new set of missional practices in their churches. The authors demonstrate that living missionally is about discerning and joining God's work in the world in order to be a witness to God's kingdom on earth.
Many seek to address this situation by tweaking the established institutions, finding new structures, reorganizing congregations or renewing long-established practices. Some even argue that we need to abandon structures and institutions altogether. We regularly hear proposals for missional churches, organic churches, simple churches, fresh expressions churches and so on.
Alan Roxburgh argues that we need to look deeper. Structures embody the core narratives that shape how people see the world. We cannot simply replace old institutions with new ones. We need to examine the underlying stories, metaphors and cultures that give organizations their meaningfulness. The crisis of the church today is a crisis not of institution but of imagination.
In Structured for Mission, Roxburgh challenges the church to become a place where people are empowered to reimagine their religious life and experiment with new ways of being the church in a local context.
We are living in a brave new world. Will the church be ready?
In Missional, Roxburgh calls Christians to reenter their neighborhoods and communities to discover what the Spirit is doing there--to start with God's mission. He then encourages readers to shape their local churches around that mission. With inspiring true stories and a solid biblical base, Missional is a book that will change lives and communities as its message is lived out.