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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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However, this book suffers some of the same flaws as other missional church books, and especially Alan Roxburgh's other works. First of all, the authors are very good at identifying what's wrong but do not know how to help church leadaers go about change. They tried very hard in this book to give very practical steps, but these steps are very modernistic (ironically, given the rest of the book) and assume that the church has done zero investigation so far, which is not true of most churches. Secondly, like most missional church books, it identifies a problem for which missional is not a solution. This book mentions the now well-known statistics about church decline, etc. But I continue to question why such books even bring up these facts when the missional church conversation holds no solutions.
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.
If you are interested in the topic "the Missional Church", I would say that it is one of the books on the subject that you should read.