- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Brazos Press; 5TH edition (April 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1587431645
- ISBN-13: 978-1587431647
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 96 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church Paperback – April 1, 2009
See the Best Books of 2018
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for the best books of the year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
“Alan Hirsch has been a major influence in the way I think about the mission of the church and more importantly, the way I live church. The Forgotten Ways must be remembered, must be read, must be integrated into your life, leadership, and local church context.” —Greg Nettle, president, Stadia “An amazing work of analysis, synthesis, and application. Hirsch provides a timely, well-informed overview of the range of current thinking and writing on movemental Christianity and draws rich insights that, if ignited by the Holy Spirit, can revolutionize many churches today.” —Howard A. Snyder, author of The Problem of Wineskins; visiting director, Manchester Wesley Research Centre “Only a handful of books have set the stage for God to have a conversation with the whole church about his mission. The Forgotten Ways is one of those books, now available with critical updates. Hirsch has placed before the church a timeless conversation about the future, the mission, the people, and the practices of a God-breathed movement.” —Hugh Halter, author, church planter, and director of Forge America “In this fresh, reworked edition of The Forgotten Ways, Hirsch continues to engage, challenge, and inspire us as we explore what it means to fully be God’s church in an ever-changing cultural landscape. Hirsch holds tightly to the deep truth that in order to move forward we must renew our commitment to journey down an ancient path—the rugged, narrow way found in the life of Jesus Christ. This book is a must-read.” —Jo Saxton, chair of the board, 3dmovements; church planter, author, and speaker “The Forgotten Ways has been a road map for missional movements. The map is now updated with even more insight and ten more years of learning.” —Neil Cole, Movement Catalyst; author of Organic Church, Church 3.0, and Primal Fire “I referred to the first edition of this book as a ‘full-blooded and comprehensive call for the complete orientation of the church around mission,’ and that is no less true for this updated version. With the benefit of ten years of experience in teaching these concepts around the world, Hirsch has freshened his groundbreaking work for a new generation of readers. The Forgotten Ways is as relevant and as powerful as ever.” —Michael Frost, author of Road to Missional and Surprise the World “I heartily recommend The Forgotten Ways to church planters and ministry leaders around the world. This significant text’s fresh recovery of and call to a dynamic missional movement paradigm has shaped my thinking and practice.” —Mark Reynolds, vice president of leadership programs, Redeemer City to City “The Forgotten Ways was a catalytic force of God in my own life, and it remains on my must-read list for anyone interested in the church and mission. In the new edition, Hirsch ignites our imaginations with deep hope and raw honesty and convinces us that the church’s finest hour is ahead of us. Prophet, priest, teacher, and leader, Hirsch is an essential voice to our generation.” —Danielle Strickland, speaker, author, and Salvation Army officer “Hirsch’s prophetic voice and unique passion beckons the church to rediscover the ancient path and follow where it leads. The Forgotten Ways is a navigational chart for pastors and churches willing to brave a journey of faith, courage, and sacrifice beyond the safety of comfortable shores for the sake of the gospel.” —Mark DeYmaz, directional leader, Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas; author of Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church “In this rebel camp we call the church planting community, The Forgotten Ways has long been one of the great fires around which we have gathered to dream. Now, with fresh and important fuel for a radical rethinking of church, this fire is spreading a new hope for apostolic movement within every part of the church.” —Graham Singh, executive director, Church Planting Canada; pastor, St. James Montréal “Reading The Forgotten Ways when it was first published revolutionized the way I understood God’s mission, the essence of the church, and my participation in both. I didn’t think it was possible, but with this second edition, Hirsch provides even greater clarity and challenge. If you are serious about the future of the church, then read every page and allow it to activate a movement within you and throughout the life of the church.” —Brad Brisco, coauthor of Missional Essentials and Next Door as It Is in Heaven “Hirsch revisits The Forgotten Ways like a jackhammer revisits concrete. This book shatters our narrow vistas, revealing the broad panorama of Jesus’s mission. It assails imagination and redefines an apostolic approach to a culture evermore scornful of current Christian ministry and thought.” —Ralph Moore, author of Starting a New Church and Making Disciples “Hirsch has gone on a quest with this latest work. There is nothing more important than seeking to rediscover our identity and purpose as established by the Lord of the church; it truly is a journey, but one that is essential and well worth it.” —Tammy Dunahoo, Foursquare Church “Many people have been helped by The Forgotten Ways. For those of us in the institutional churches, the book has been bracing and challenging with parts we disagree with, but also many lessons to learn. Hirsch’s book is a call to reimagine the church, and this call applies as much to the new types of church increasingly emerging in the global North as to the older ones. The church, even new versions, needs to be constantly re-formed. Hirsch offers a comprehensive and illuminating guide for the task.” —Michael Moynagh, author of Church for Every Context; Wycliffe Hall, Oxford “In this second edition, Hirsch does what he does best: he helps us remember our past so that we can reimagine our future. It’s time for the church to become a movement again. Read the book and become part of this emerging future; too much is at stake to settle for anything less.” —Dave Rhodes, pastor of discipleship and movement initiatives, Grace Fellowship Church; lead team director, 100 Movements “Alan puts forth his ideas for a new generation longing to rediscover the church’s missional nature and reactivate anew its forgotten ways. When I read Alan’s words, I want to drop what I’m doing and focus my attention again on God’s mission. After reading this book, I imagine you will as well.” —Ed Stetzer (from the foreword) “I am thankful for how Alan . . . calls us back to what is true of God’s people and prophetically catalyzes us toward a vision for what life looks like when we remember who we are. . . . May our memories be jogged, as our hearts are stirred, to live in the forgotten ways of our Savior, Lord, and King, Jesus Christ!” —Jeff Vanderstelt (from the afterword) “It is refreshing to read a book related to the missional church that provides theological depth coupled with creative thinking. Hirsch reestablishes the essential links between Christology, missiology, and ecclesiology. The Forgotten Ways helps to rescue the concept of church from the clutches of Christendom, setting it free to become a dynamic movement in place of a dying institution.” —Eddie Gibbs, coauthor of Emerging Churches: Creating Christian Community in Postmodern Cultures and author of LeadershipNext “A fascinating and unique examination of two of the greatest apostolic movements in history and their potential impact on the Western church. Hirsch identifies and describes the primal energies of apostolic movements and describes the components that make for catalytic, spontaneous expansion. The book may well become a primary reference book for the emerging missional church.” —Bill Easum, Easum, Bandy & Associates “It is AD 30 all over again. While many church leaders are trying desperately to retrofit institutional expressions of Christianity in hopes of achieving better results, Hirsch helps us understand the necessity for us to reengage the movement in its primal missional form. This volume identifies a missional, not a methodological, fix if we want to experience first-century Christianity.” —Reggie McNeal, author of The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church “This book clearly demonstrates Alan’s original and creative thinking. There are few books that one can describe as markers in the field of mission—this is one such book. It is essential reading for all those who are grappling with the key issue of what the church can and must become.” —Martin Robinson, author of Planting Mission-Shaped Churches Today
From the Back Cover
"Hirsch has discovered the formula that unlocks the secrets of the ecclesial universe like Einstein's simple . . . formula (E=mc²) unlocked the secrets of the physical universe. There are some books good enough to read to the end. There are only a few books good enough to read to the end of time. The Forgotten Ways is one of them."
--Leonard Sweet (from the foreword)
"With The Forgotten Ways, Alan Hirsch has brought us closer to the reality of seeing a true apostolic church-planting movement in the West. This is a seminal work that will change our thinking, our vocabulary, and hopefully our way of being the church in this new century. I have already read the book twice and will probably devour it again."
--Neil Cole, author of Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens and Cultivating a Life for God
"A full-blooded and comprehensive call for the complete reorientation of the church around mission. Nothing less than the rediscovery of a revolutionary missional ecclesiology will do for Alan Hirsch. A master work."
--Michael Frost, coauthor of The Shaping of Things to Come and author of Exiles
"A fascinating and unique examination of two of the greatest apostolic movements in history (the early church and China) and their potential impact on the Western church at the dawn of the twenty-first century. The book may well become a primary reference book for the emerging missional church."
--Bill Easum, Easum, Bandy & Associates (easumbandy.com)
"It is refreshing to read a book relating to the missional church that provides theological depth coupled with creative thinking. The Forgotten Ways helps to rescue the concept of church from the clutches of Christendom, setting it free to become a dynamic movement in place of a dying institution."
--Eddie Gibbs, coauthor of Emerging Churches: Creating Christian Community in Postmodern Cultures and author of LeadershipNext: Changing Leaders in a Changing Culture
Read reviews that mention
Showing 1-5 of 96 reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Through his study of past Jesus movements that have shaken or rocked the world, or parts of it, he has come up with guidance and a tool in establishing a body of believers centered on Jesus and His call to be on mission no matter the context or culture you find yourself in. It is a clarion call of sorts for the church to re-awaken itself, to find itself once again, and to engage in a world that has undergone change after change. And until the church does this, it will continue to find itself on the brink of becoming a mausoleum to what once was.
I think in this book, Hirsch is speaking from an outsiders perspective (outsider to America). Since he is from Australia, I'm not sure how adapted he was to understanding just how engrained Americans' consumer culture was. (In more recent works, and speakings, he seems to acknowledge some benefits).
The writing itself is flooded with adjectives that really come across as "I'm using fancy technical terms to sound smart". If you can read with a mental sharpie and strike through the descriptors and really just focus on what he is saying, it's a much easier read. I do recommend that you read this with the intent of discussing it with others. It's a philosophical shift in thinking for the much of the modern church, and that requires discussion.
Alan Hirsch does this every thing with his book The Forgotten Ways. Instead of focusing on the negative side of the decline of Christianity, Hirsch began with asking what would be left if all the Christian seminaries, school, books, NGOs, buildings and 501-C3s were removed. Then, drawing insight from the first 200 years of the Christian church and the modern underground church in China, he developed a model doing `church.'
This model is centered around one crucial element: Jesus is Lord.
While this statement may sound trivia or Sunday shcoolish - it is in fact the center of the entire Bible. Jesus is Lord, King, Ruler of everything. It was this understanding that drove the early church onward in the face of persecutions and death. As such, it should be the center piece of everything a Believer does.
Spreading out from this center are five different intertwined elements that help fill out the model:
1. Disciple Making - This does not mean simply gaining salvation numbers; it means teaching people who have been delivered out of darkness to live in the Kingdom of Light. It means mentoring and caring for them in a personal fashion instead of bulk, mass-media type training.
2. Communitas, not Community - Believers are more then just a community. They are a communitas; a group of people with a purpose and a vision: To follow Jesus as Lord.
3. Oapostolic-geniusrganic Systems - The church the West has become highly
institutionalized with buildings, doctrines, salaries, hierarchies, etc. Sadly enough it wasn't always like that - nor does it have to be like that. Instead, the church could be more organic in its structure, allowing more room for God to move and direct things instead of human minds.
4. Missional-Incarnational Impulse - For years the church in the West as had the privilege of ministering to a culture build upon Judeo Christian values. This is no longer the case. As such, the church must recapture the value of going to the people as one of the people in an effort to show them Christ in their culture.
5. Apostolic Environment - Even though different groups through out church history have embraced the five-fold ministry, the bulk of the church has disproportionately focused on the teacher/pastor. Hirsch is calling out for a embracing and a redefining of the five-fold ministry (you can read more about that here).
As I read The Forgotten Way, I couldn't help but think about how right on Hirsch was. He has developed a theological model that could help guide the way forward while staying true to the core of the Gospel message. This is extremely important as there are many different voices in the marketplaces today promoting models that disregard certain aspects of the Good News of Jesus (most notably among evangelical fundamentalism and the emerging church movement).
Let me put it this way: three days after I finished reading a borrowed copy of the book, I went out and bought myself a copy - and then promptly loaned it out. It is that important.
to plant or to scatter that is the question . . .
whether tis wiser to set up camp or send out scouts . . .
to build buildings and hunker down, cloistered . . .
or go, out into the world from and to wherever . . .
only Creator knows so seek Him and His Way . . .
mitakuye oyasin 💜 }:-