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Borderland Churches: A Congregation's Introduction to Missional Living (TCP Leadership Series) Paperback – January 1, 2009
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In this new normal, the church has to think and act differently than it did in the past. The book has seven chapters and then a number of helpful appendixes in the back.
The seven chapters are:
1. Learning to Sing the Song
2. Crossing Over
3. Recovering our Roots
4. Landscapes and Tool Kits
5. Herding Cats
6. Missioning the Church
7. Mapping the Journey
Each chapter covers an aspect of how churches can be missional in thought and deed. Though not all of the ideas will carry over into U.S. culture, the vast majority will. It may well be that our Canadian brothers in Christ may lead the way in helping us reach our own people with the Gospel.
"The only people who like change are usually the ones who are in charge of it. I am convinced that clergy do not totally grasp this truth. We think it is rational and reasonable to embrace change." "Leaders have more control in the changes ahead than their people." 
This book looks carefully at the changes that churches on the borderlands of ministry need to make. The borderlands is where true missional action takes places.
The organizing principle of this book is not modern vs. postmodern, but whether or not the church can engage in ministry at the intersection of church, unchurched, and dechurched persons in society, or Christian, unChristian, and anti-Christian.
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Used this book for our year long clergy TIM (Together in Ministry) group. Tremendous information regarding churches on the "border" of recognizing they are so close to... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Thomas Bell