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The Road to Missional: Journey to the Center of the Church (Shapevine) Paperback – October 1, 2011
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It has recently become acceptable, and even fashionable, to refer to one's church as "missional." But many churches misunderstand the concept, thinking of "going missional" as simply being a necessary add-on to church-as-usual. This domestication of what is actually a very bold paradigm shift makes missional nothing more than one more trick to see church growth.
With a light hand and a pastoral spirit, Michael Frost points out how most of us are not quite there yet. He reestablishes the ground rules, redefines the terms accurately, and insists that the true prophetic essence of "being missional" comes through undiluted. This clear corrective will take ministry leaders from "not missional yet" to well on their way.
"A prophetic call to examine all we do in light of the mission of God. I'm thankful to have Frost's provocative voice in the missional conversation."--Ed Stetzer, coauthor of Compelled by Love
"It's all here--divine origins, shifting evangelism, cross, resurrection, and holistic redemption--in accessible form. This is the first book to give someone who says 'What is missional?'"--Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University; author of One.Life
"The Road to Missional practically helps everyone understand their place in God's mission, the pace to which God will ask them to move, and the possibilities of a life oriented away from self. This book is a must for church leaders but is dense with beautiful stories that will give every unpaid saint reasons to live a vigorous life after the King."--Hugh Halter, author of Sacrilege and coauthor of The Tangible Kingdom
Michael Frost is vice principal of Morling College and the founding director of the Tinsley Institute, a mission study center at Morling College in Sydney, Australia. He is the author of Jesus the Fool, Seeing God in the Ordinary, and Exiles, and the coauthor of The Shaping of Things to Come.
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Frost asserts, as do many other leaders, thinkers, pastors, and authors, that being missional is more than adding 'things' to existing church structures. Whether it is additional evangelism events or coffee shop Bible studies, these added things miss the overarching call for a complete paradigm shift within the church. In fact, Frost explains his use of the word 'missional' is a way 'to describe the wholesale and thorough reorientation of the church around mission (p. 16).' It is at this point in the missional discussion that fear sets in and ears are shut off from hearing/listening to the discussion. Missional is not a style, a fad, an event, a program. It cannot simply be added along side of existing church structure. It is a process of reorienting one's mindset and church away from some of the traditional aspects of 'church' which is what scares the wits out of many existing church leaders!Read more ›
Scot McKnight rightly says on the back cover "This book has it all..." But, no offense to Scot, I don't think he quite says enough when he adds, "This is the first book to give someone who says 'What is missional?'" In my opinion, this book is for anyone who is concerned with 'what the church is meant to be/look like'; period. As Mike says, being truly 'missional' is not simply another way to do church, it is how we are meant to be as people seeking to follow Jesus.
So many of my friends (myself included) are getting tired of churches that don't seem to look beyond their own 4 walls...they are craving something more, something bigger than themselves...if that is you, and even if it isn't, then this book is for you. Let me encourage you to buy it, read it and then live accordingly...not just for your sake, but for the sake of those to whom we have been called to serve, in Jesus name and for His glory.
If you are looking for that one book to help you understand what the missional movement is all about, this is your book. If you have already been participating in the missional conversation this is your book.
Frost writes with passion and clarity in a straightforward style. While Frost engages the reader with theology and scripture, he also includes, in typical Frost fashion, the telling of stories to illustrate his point.
Frost holds his own with contemporary scholars, however his strength is in the fact that he is a practitioner of the missional lifestyle at heart. I can only speak from a distance, but Frost puts into action and lives out what he writes. He is a storyteller who lives out the story he tells.
I give this book the highest of recommendations. It goes on the must read list.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An important read if you are serious about being a disciple of Christ.Published 5 months ago by John Nelson
A very helpful book.
Full of good illustrations and easy to read. The attempt to define the term "missional" left me a little perplexed. Read more
Well written and most compelling. The book leaves me a lot to think about and reevaluate.Published 19 months ago by Stephen Couch
This book has changed the way I look at missions. Michael Frost shows that missions is more than just evangelism and church planting. Read morePublished 22 months ago by GKG
This book is refreshing, penetrating, and a powerful reminder of the truth of missional. As one who continually studies ecclesiology I am thrilled to Have Michael Frost help set... Read morePublished on May 8, 2014 by Rv. Rustin Comer
Jesus is the greatest missionary of all time. So, if you call yourself a Christian, you are calling yourself a follower of the greatest missionary of all time. Read morePublished on March 25, 2014 by Forge Little Rock
Having read most of Frost's writings, this is a clear & concise summation of what it means to be "missional. Read morePublished on March 3, 2014 by Brent McKinney
Michael challenges the traditional way of doing church and this is very timely as many are not happy with the wa;y church has evolved over recent decades.Published on January 12, 2014 by Norm Fuller