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Introducing the Missional Church: What It Is, Why It Matters, How to Become One (Allelon Missional Series) Paperback – November 1, 2009
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An Accessible Introduction to the Missional Church Movement
Ours is a post-Christian culture, making it necessary for church leaders to think like missionaries right here at home. In Introducing the Missional Church, two leading voices in the missional movement provide an accessible introduction, explaining how the movement developed, why it's important, and how churches can become more missional.
"Roxburgh and Boren offer the clearest explication of missional thinking. I believe this book is the very best on the missional church. Highly recommended." --Ryan Bolger, associate professor, Church in Contemporary Culture, Fuller Theological Seminary; coauthor, Emerging Churches
"If you've ever wondered what 'missional' means and what real difference it makes in the life of the church, this is the place to start."--John R. Franke, Clemens Professor of Missional Theology, Biblical Seminary; author, Manifold Witness
"A wonderful, imaginative exploration into what it means for the church to be missional. Roxburgh and Boren navigate through the defining issues and then give us concrete means for leading our churches through the transition. It is the book we have sorely needed."--David Fitch, B. R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology, Northern Seminary, Reclaimingthemission.com
"Introducing the Missional Church supplies one's journey with God into the uncharted waters of being God's people in a changing culture."--C. Gene Wilkes, PhD, senior pastor, Legacy Church, Plano, Texas; author, Jesus On Leadership
Alan J. Roxburgh is a teacher, trainer, and consultant who works with Allelon and framing resources for the missional church internationally. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including The Missional Church, The Missional Leader, and Reaching a New Generation.
M. Scott Boren is one of the pastors at Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a trainer, a consultant, and the author of The Relational Way and How Do We Get There from Here? He works with Allelon in developing training materials on the missional church.
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Alan J. Roxburgh is a teacher, trainer, and consultant who works with Allelon and framing resources for the missional church internationally. He coordinates an international project involving leaders from twelve nations who are examining leadership format
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Postmodern thinking has certainly confused the authors, and the lack of clear purpose and absolute truth makes this a book without a real point or purpose, except as an academic pursuit to better understand Postmodernism, Missional church movements, and perhaps Emergent Church movements, as there is a lot of overlap. If you're buying this, it's probably because your seminary professor put it on the required text list.
My takeaway from this book was that a missional church is filled with individuals who are passionate about being in and extending God's kingdom in unique ways. It's certainly not a program or a model one can hastily create in an existing church and expect instantaneous results. Many of the examples of missional living the authors cite surround individuals who discover ministry opportunities in their communities and start doing ministry, not about churches who started a new missions initiative. Nor can a pastor or church launch a program to make members or small groups of members "missional." It's all about empowering people to be missional and effectively supporting their efforts.
For some, this book will be a very frustrating read. They want a straightforward recipe for moving consumer Christians out of their comfy chairs and into missional activities...and it cannot be found in this book. Others will be pleased with the absence of "six ways to become missional" or a list of practical how-to's for small groups to move into missional living.
This is far more of a "how to be" than "what to do" kind of book. I will read it again soon because I want to be a missional believer and pastor a missional church. What Roxburgh and Boren offer concerning the missional church is somewhat elusive, but still very good--and very different from what you might have read from Ed Stetzer Or Reggie McNeil. Boren and Roxbourgh suggest experimenting in different ways to introduce it to your church to see if it emerges naturally.
The next section provides the model for transformation to a missional church. The authors have a lot of experience working with churches during this time of change. This is a good model and in "Missional Leader" one of the authors provides this model with more of a leader's perspective in mind. The final section concerning the role of the board is excellent. Of course in the churches of Christ, we have elders, but this model will work with them just as well. You cannot move in this direction unless the leadership is on the team.
This was a good book to introduce the missional church, it was not as good for me because at this point I am writing my dissertation on this stuff, so the material was mostly a repeat. If you have little experience with the missional church, this is a good starting point, but there are even better books out there for deeper reading.