- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (September 27, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 047063345X
- ISBN-13: 978-0470633458
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
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Missional Communities: The Rise of the Post-Congregational Church 1st Edition
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Almost a decade ago, in his bestselling book The Present Future,Reggie McNeal talked about the growing phenomenon ofpost-congregational Christians, people who, for a variety ofreasons, choose to pursue their spiritual journey outside theroutines and rhythms of the congregational model of church that hasdominated religious activity for centuries. This development hascreated ripe conditions to produce and to nurture a new life formof church that intersects people in the middle of lifeintheir homes, their workplaces, their leisure pursuits, theirpassions to help others.
In Missional Communities McNeal shows us this new form of churchand how it differs in its rhythms, its celebrations, itsactivities, and its scorecard. He maintains that it is not foreveryone, nor is it the replacement for centuries of churchpractice. But it is clearly a growing phenomenon that cannot beignored. At the very heart of the book are stories about some ofthese new missional communities, each one illustrating a fresh anddifferent chapter in God's work in and through the church. Thesettings range from Europe to North America, from suburb to city tocollege campus, from neighborhood to workplace. McNeal presentsthese stories in the hopes of exciting the imaginations of thoseattracted to this burgeoning movementwhether they want to getstarted in their own distinctive way of doing missional communityor want to be more missional in their traditional practices.
For all those thousands of churches and leaders who havefollowed Reggie McNeal's bold lead, Missional Communities offers avision of a new and vibrant life form in churches.
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Praise for Missional Communities
"Once again, Reggie McNeal proclaims what too few have intuited:that God's Spirit is blowing in a new direction like a hurricaneheadwind. Thank God, we have Reggie to show us how the church canonce more 'mount up with wings as eagles.'" Charles Anderson,directing pastor, University United Methodist Church, San Antonio,Texas
"Every uncharted territory requires a guide who has seen theother side of the mountain. In Missional Communities Reggie servesas that guide who introduces you to the people, practices, andscorecard of this fresh growth plate of the kingdom." EricSwanson, coauthor, The Externally Focused Quest and To Transform aCity
"Reggie is an iconoclast. His ideas and vision break open oursense of what it means to 'be' and 'do' church. If you love God andbelieve in the future of the church you will read this book."Rev. Chip Edens, rector, Christ Church, Charlotte, NorthCarolina
"Reggie McNeal has given voice to those of us who dream of achurch that is not just a conspiracy of strangers but a redemptivecommunity on mission for God. For those who dare to make thejourney this book provides some invaluable navigational charts forhow to get there." Gary Brandenburg, lead pastor, FellowshipBible Church Dallas, Texas
"Classic Reggie McNeal! An in-your-face prophetic wake-up callthat congregational ministry business as usual is not going to getthe job done. But he gives us hope that we can make the change ashe reports on how post-congregational ministry is beingeffective."Buford Lipscomb, senior pastor, Liberty Church,Pensacola, Florida
"Our staff team has been deeply impacted by the challenges andthinking of Reggie McNeal. He has served us by helping us thinkbeyond ourselves, reminding us that true community results inmission, and continually bringing us back to the glorious missionof Jesus."Eric Geiger, Christ Fellowship, Miami, Florida
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A post-congregational culture requires a strategy of engaging people where they already live, work, play, go to school, and pursue their hobbies and passions. This is what missional communities aim to do, and the book goes on to tell the stories of some different types of such communities:
* British and European missional communities, typically of 20 to 50 people and aiming to incarnate the gospel to a particular neighbourhood or network of relationships. Examples of this are St Thomas Sheffield and Valgmenighed Church in Denmark.
* Soma Communities, a group of around one hundred missional communities in the US.
* University campus missional communities.
* Future Travelers, a group of megachurches which are attempting to become launching pads for missional movements of the future. Particular examples include Austin Stone and Community Christian Church.
* Mission Houston, which uses a spiritual formation process called Faithwalking to develop missional followers of Jesus, who then form missional communities.
The book does not claim to be a how-to manual on setting up and running missional communities; indeed the diversity of the examples given shows that there are many different successful approaches. The stories are descriptive, and no attempt is made to critique the communities described or compare their effectiveness with other models of church. What the book does do is provide a range of stories which provide ideas and inspiration for those who are considering a missional community church model.
I will be referring back to this book often as we participate in what God is doing in HIS church!
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