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"When Hugh Halter and Matt Smay told me about the concept of the book AND, I thought it was brilliant. It is so easy for a body of believers to emphasize either the corporate gathering OR the missional communities, often to the neglect of the other. At times, the methodological boundary lines have felt like the evangelical civil war with cannon shots fired at one another while the lost world stood aside with their ears covered. AND unites the divided methods with the singular motivation of the gospel and urges the church to focus on the mission of Jesus in the sanctuaries AND in the streets." --Scott Thomas, director, Acts 29 Network, Global Church Pastor, Mars Hill Church, Seattle

"Hugh and Matt speak to the church with vulnerability, practical experience, and an engaging style. This book is a timely addition to the ongoing missional church conversation; it is easy to read, insightful, and helps to build needed bridges." --Neil Cole, author, Organic Church and Organic Church 3.0

"By helping us recover our fundamental identity as missionaries and going toe to toe with the curse and baggage of consumerism, Halter and Smay give fresh stories and insights into what it will take to recover movements here in the U.S. They have stumbled on the genius of the AND, and they are calling us all to lay down our petty arguments about forms and begin to pursue afresh the mission of God in all its forms. Read this book only if you are ready to take notes, repent often, and apply practical advice for pursuing the mission of God wherever you are." --Matt Carter and Michael Stewart, pastors, The Austin Stone Community Church

"In this pioneering book, Hugh and Matt extend their vision for incarnational community by offering a model of integration for established churches. Because both of them are long-term innovators, trainers, and practitioners of incarnational mission, this book has real significance and effectively advances our thinking on the critical edge. Well done guys." --Alan Hirsch, director of Future Travelers, author of The Forgotten Ways

"Hugh and Matt get it. The issue especially in the American Church is not the form or the technology. It's about what each leader is gifted and given to become in their context. Forms are dictated by multiple streams of input and relational intersection. May there be a new diaspora of AND churches." --Dave Gibbons, pastor, NewSong, author, The Monkey and the Fish

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“Hugh and Matt get it. The issue in the American church is not the form or the technology. It’s about what each leader is gifted with and given to become in their context. Forms are dictated by multiple streams of input and relational intersection. May there be a new diaspora of AND churches.” -- Dave Gibbons

AND is for anyone ready to stop criticizing church models and instead enter the tangled, messy, real-life world of embracing and building the kingdom in any form of church---micro to mega. Hugh and Matt bring us back to essentials---like spiritual formation and ‘sending’---that hold true in any church context and convey great hope and practical help with humor, story, and biblical teaching. Read on and lead on, right where you are.” -- Mindy Caliguire

“This book lands. The Canadian church is in need of resources that move the missional conversation from the 40,000-foot level to the missional reality on the ground. We are in need of people who will encourage us with the possibilities of what the church could become while at the same time kicking us out of our consumeristic habits. Matt and Hugh are such people who live it AND have written about it.” -- Cam Roxburgh

“No one has influenced my missional trajectory more than Hugh and Matt. AND has inspired and motivated me as a spiritual leader to position the bride toward beautiful community and life-altering mission. This is the book to read if your heart is still captured by the church and you can’t help but keep ‘fighting for a better day.’” -- Jen Hatmaker

“When Hugh Halter and Matt Smay told me about the concept of the book AND, I thought it was brilliant. It is so easy for a body of believers to emphasize either the corporate gathering or the missional communities, often to the neglect of the other. At times, the methodological boundary lines have felt like the evangelical civil war with cannon shots fired at one another while the lost world stood aside with their ears covered. AND unites the divided methods with the singular motivation of the gospel and urges the church to focus on the mission of Jesus in the sanctuaries AND in the streets.” -- Scott Thomas

“If you’re looking for a book on the missional church that scratches a good deal further below the surface than other ones you’ve read, AND is for you. I found it thoughtful and judicious, as wide-ranging as it is illuminating, with graphs that are eye opening and life altering.” -- Leonard Sweet

“In this pioneering book, Hugh and Matt extend their vision for incarnational community by offering a model of integration for established churches. Because both of them are long-term innovators, trainers, and practitioners of incarnational mission, this book has real significance and effectively advances our thinking on the critical edge. Well done, guys.” -- Alan Hirsch

“AND comes at an important time for church leaders. With humility and thoughtfulness, Hugh and Matt talk people off ledges created by artificial and superficial understandings of how the expression of church in North America is undergoing change during this period of missional renewal. Their refreshing insight results from being open and honest about their own journey while respecting others’ stories.” -- Reggie McNeal

“Hugh and Matt speak to the church with vulnerability, practical experience, and an engaging style. This book is a timely addition to the ongoing missional church conversation; it is easy to read, insightful, and helps to build needed bridges.” -- Neil Cole

By helping us recover our fundamental identity as missionaries and going toe-to-toe with the curse and baggage of consumerism, Halter and Smay give fresh stories and insights into what it will take to recover movements here in the US. They have stumbled on the genius of the AND, and they are calling us all to lay down our petty arguments about forms and begin to pursue afresh the mission of God in all its forms. Read this book only if you are ready to take notes, repent often, and apply practical advice for pursuing the mission of God wherever you are.” -- Matt Carter/Michael Steward

“I really appreciate reading a book that recognizes the need to get past simplistic either/or categories and is ready to love the people of God where they are, not where someone wants them to be. The conjunction AND runs through this book alongside a deep passion to see local communities of God’s people shaping missional life out of their traditions. In this book you will meet passionate practitioners seeking to understand what the Spirit is up to in our times.” -- Alan Roxburgh

“Every church leader struggles to find a way to lead authentically according to their church, but most of the time we feel forced to choose between forms that just don’t fit us, our people, our context, or all of the above. In AND, Hugh and Matt explain the tension you feel and help you unlock a creative balance that might just change everything.” -- Rick MkKinley

“In the missional conversation, there are ‘radicals’ who propose that we chop down the tree, burn the stump, and plant something new, and there are ‘reformers’ that say maybe the tree is so precious it should be saved. Matt and Hugh are reformers that embrace the genius of AND rather than proposing a new methodology. I love this book.” -- John Herrington
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Product Details

  • Series: Exponential Series
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Exponential Series edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310325854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310325857
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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By Laurence T. Baxter VINE VOICE on July 11, 2010
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I was quite eager to read AND: The Gathered and Scattered Church. AND discusses a question that is important for churches - what are the benefits of an attractional approach (draw people into the church to hear the gospel, find fellowship and build them up as disciples) versus a missional/incarnational approach (sending our people out into the lives of others directly to witness and grow as disciples). The book makes a strong case that the answer is Both-And, not Either-Or.

After a solid introduction, Chapter Two was for me the most powerful section of the book "Starting the AND... wherever you are". The authors jumped right in with a key question: how can you take a church that is strongly attractional, perhaps even inward focused, and help its people better understand what it means to live missionally and to see new avenues for ministry outside the walls of the church. It had some great discussion about how you can reach the same essential core of incarnational communities coming either from a gathered perspective or from a scattered perspective. Those coming from a gathered church might well consider a pilot group of about 10% of the church (a tithe of members) to receive training and support on developing incarnational communities.

One of the tough challenges in the book is really understanding what Halter means by the term 'Incarnational Community'. Is it a small group living missionally, a community ministry team, a home cell group, or something else? Is it something we've seen in a larger church, or something altogether different?
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Missional. For some, that word represents a Spirit-led (and much needed) church shift. For others, a mere fad. For still others, perhaps something more threatening than a fad.

While I don't fall neatly into any of those camps, Hugh Halter and Matt Smay have taken the missional approach and shown how beautifully it compliments a more traditional approach to church, hence the subtitle: "The gathered and scattered church".

This book feels like a healthy balance to the abundance of missional books out there, and it is certainly less intimidating and threatening for those coming from a traditional church background (such as myself). At the core of their approach is the idea that the church needs both those who "go" and those who "make disciples". There are the senders and there are the sent. This is not only a marriage between two types of people in the church, but a union of two approaches to church itself. We gather to equip, to train, to encourage, to build up. Then we scatter to evangelize, to speak, to reach out.

The overabundance of what some would consider missional buzzwords (like "incarnational" and other words my spell checker keeps underlining) may be distracting for some. However, while this book is clearly written by a couple guys immersed in the missional and house church movements, the merits of the book and the approach itself should win out.

For some, this book may be a real paradigm shift. For others, this may simply be an articulation of what community on mission has always looked like and always been about.
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While geared mainly towards those leading churches, this is a great read for all Christians. I just read Saturate by Jeff Vanderstelt and my pendulum swung towards being missional/sent... This was a great follow up read to even me out again between being gathered & scattered. I feel empowered with fresh ideas, new perspectives, and more optimism about what I can be doing for Christ.
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I just finished reading AND. Realizing that many of you will not either have or take the time to read it for yourself, I thought I would do a quick summary so you can get some of the blessing I received. So here goes...

The authors really have no dog in the fight between micro and macro versions of the church. They are not pushing for mega or house church or anything in between. The purpose of this book is to help the reader see that no matter what expression of "church" with which you are affiliated, there must be both the gathering of God's people for encouragement, edification and vision impartation as well as the scattering or sending of the people of God into mission. In fact, it is our involvement in mission that increases our need and desire for gathering.

The authors accidentally found themselves pastoring a missional church when a young lady from a group they were discipling (unofficially) asked them, "Are we a church?" Trying to avoid getting back into what had been a very painful and disappointing church experience, Hugh said, "No, we are a faith community." After being pressed further on the matter, he explained that a church is a group of people who do mission together. That answer crystallized his understanding of what God wants for "church."

The book examines how Christians can avoid the fruitless expressions of "consumer churchianity" that are what most of us have given our lives to. Instead he looks for ways for groups of believers to become "incarnational communities" in their personal contexts, becoming a safe haven where people can gather to experience kingdom Christianity and progress on their spiritual journey without having to navigate the obstacles presented by some of the more negative cultural forms of churchianity.
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