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Once upon a time, Moses had had enough. Exhausted by the challenge of leading the Israelites from slavery to the Promised Land, Moses cried out to God, "What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me? . . . If this is how you are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill me" (Exodus 11:11, 15). If that sounds hauntingly familiar to you, you may be the senior pastor of a contemporary church. The burden of Christian leadership is becoming increasingly unbearable--demanding skills not native to the art of pastoring; demanding time that makes sabbath rest and even normal sleep patterns seem extravagant; demanding inhuman levels of efficiency, proficiency and even saintliness. No wonder pastors seem and even feel less human these days. No wonder they burn out or break down at an alarming rate; no wonder the church is missing the mark on its mission. In Creating a Missional Culture, JR Woodward offers a bold and surprisingly refreshing model for churches--not small adjustments around the periphery of a church's infrastructure but a radical revisioning of how a church ought to look, from its leadership structure to its mobilization of the laity. The end result looks surprisingly like the church that Jesus created and the apostles cultivated: a church not chasing the wind but rather going into the world and making disciples of Jesus.
Public gatherings are vital for movement, but too often in our approach to planting churches, we haven't paid enough attention to the difficult grassroots work of movement: discipleship, community formation, and mission. This book will help you start missional-incarnational communities in a way that reflects the viral movement of the early New Testament church. JR Woodward (author of Creating a Missional Culture) and Dan White Jr. (author of Subterranean) have trained church planters all over North America to create movemental churches that are rooted in the neighborhood, based on eight necessary competencies: Movement Intelligence Polycentric Leadership Being Disciples Making Disciples Missional Theology Ecclesial Architecture Community Formation Incarnational Practices The book features an interactive format with tools, exercises, and reflection questions and activities. It's ideal for church planting teams or discipleship groups to use together. It's not enough to understand why the church needs more missional and incarnational congregations.The Church as Movement will also show you how to make disciples that make disciples. This is the engine that drives the church as movement, so that everyday Christians can be present in the world to join God's mission in the way of Jesus.
Today’s students long for a rich, meaningful faith. They want something more than a moral code and therapeutic worship that leaves them unsatisfied and uninspired. Speaker, author, and evangelism professor Alvin L. Reid reveals a key to capturing students’ hearts for life: a missional youth ministry. Through practical teaching and powerful application tools, discover how giving teens a grander purpose and vision and encouraging them to see all of life as a mission field transforms their faith, their lives, and the world.
Creating Missional Worship explores how contemporary context and Anglican liturgical tradition can be fused together to create engaging and transformative worship. It addresses a key issue that has arisen in the wake of Fresh Expressions: to what extent should worship be shaped by the culture of the day, and how far can it stray from core patterns of worship and still be recognisably Anglican? Tim Lomax offers imaginative ideas and resources for finding freedom within a framework. Using the basic patterns of Common Worship, he outlines a contextual approach to creating worship that is incarnational, sacramental, Trinitarian and revelatory in today’s language and cultural forms. He offers many examples and illustrations of how liturgy and contemporary culture can meet in fresh and challenging ways.
As a 'divine conspiracy' for Missio Dei, the global phenomenon of people on the move has shown itself to be invaluable. In 2004 two significant documents concerning Diaspora were introduced, one by the Filipino International Network and the other by the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. These have created awareness of the importance of people on the move for Christian mission. Since then, Korean Diaspora has conducted similar research among Korean missions, resulting in this book. It is unique as the first volume researching Korean missions in Diasporic contexts, appraising and evaluating these missions with practical illustrations, and drawing on a wide diversity of researchers.
In 5Q, Alan Hirsch took a deep dive into the fivefold typology of ministry as articulated in Ephesians 4:1-16. Now in this User's Guide, Alan and Jessie challenge and equip you, your organization or church to live into a new way of seeing, thinking, and living. Summarizing and simplifying the key themes of 5Q, this practical guide is ideal for either individuals or groups. With practitioner examples, reflective questions, and training tools, Activating 5Q enables you to apply the principles to your particular context. "A new and brilliant understanding of how to unleash the latent capacity within you, the church and every group for the Jesus mission."--Dave Ferguson, lead pastor of Community Christian Church; lead visionary for NewThing; author "I believe that there are few topics more important for the renewal of Christ's people and the subsequent transforming of the world around us than what is addressed here." --Neil Cole, author of Organic Church, Primal Fire, and One Thing "Inspires, provokes and engages. It will be a catalyst for mission in the years to come!" --Danielle Strickland, international social justice advocate; author and speaker "Provides us with a clear model showing us how Jesus is active in and through the church. Wonderful!" --Brad Brisco, co-author of Missional Essentials and Next Door as It Is in Heaven "This book leads readers to live into 5Q so that the church might be the song, the poem sung to and for the world in order to bring all people into the dance of God." --JR Woodward, author of Creating a Missional Culture; co-author, The Church as Movement; national director, V3 movement "Activating 5Q offers powerful tools to help churches fire on all five cylinders as God intends."--Paul Harcourt, National Leader, New Wine England "Gives the whole church a place to see ourselves in the story of God in a way that invigorates passion and purpose. A must-read!"--Tammy Dunahoo, general supervisor, The Foursquare Church
One day, Jesus was walking along the shore of a nearby sea when he observed two local fisherman making their living by casting nets alongside their hand fashioned, rudimentary boat. As these brothers toiled together to make ends meet, they heard Jesus call out to them from the shore, "Follow me and I will make you become fishers of men." They were being invited into apprenticeship in such a way that spoke their language and engaged their culture enabling them to understand their vocation as a redemptive picture of life in Jesus' kingdom. And yet, all too often it can seem like the church in our culture is confused by such a call to apprenticeship, trading the adventure of life on mission with Jesus for improved marketing techniques and the incessant need to feed our culture's hunger for being entertained. This guidebook was crafted as a tool for those hungry to re-imagine the church within our culture such that we'd embody and declare the good news about Jesus' revolutionary kingdom. It's about building a gospel-centric movement as you journey together through nine foundational concepts that will challenge you to creatively explore how you might participate together with God on mission in the various places you inhabit. Whether you're exploring the idea of this "gospel" about Jesus or you're a seasoned apprentice of Jesus, this nine month study will challenge you and your friends to reflect upon the scripture, become students of culture, and be transformed by putting what you learn into practice together. Recommendations "Whenever the church lives into a holistic gospel, she brings life to all. But too often the church has become a religious industrial complex instead of a community of people shaped by the gospel who display a sustained faith, a stubborn hope and a sacrificial love. Scott Olson calls us to live into a rhythm of life together that seeks to resist the principalities and powers and communally embody the good news in the world for the sake of the world. This book will help you build a movement." - JR WOODWARD, National Director, The V3 Church Planting Movement; Author: Creating and Missional Culture and The Church as Movement. "It is hard to develop a healthy church without spiritually healthy people as leaders. I have known Scott Olson for many years as his professor, ministry partner, and friend. He is a leader rooted and grounded in the Lord Jesus, like Timothy a fellow servant who takes a genuine interest in the welfare of Jesus' church. Scott would be wise to consult when re-imagining the church's call and mission. Go on this missional journey with Scott and experience renewed and penetrating vision through God's Spirit." - PAUL LOUIS METZGER, Ph.D., Professor of Theology & Culture, Multnomah Biblical Seminary; Author: Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in a Consumer Church; Co-Author: Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction. Take a moment to explore complementary resources as they become available @
Alan Hirsch is convinced that the inherited formulas for growing the Body of Christ do not work anymore. And rather than relying on slightly revised solutions from the past, he sees a vision of the future growth of the church coming about by harnessing the power of the early church, which grew from as few as 25,000 adherents in AD 100 to up to 20 million in AD 310. Such incredible growth is also being experienced today in the church in China and other parts of the world. How do they do it? The Forgotten Ways explores the concept of Apostolic Genius as a way to understand what caused the church to expand at various times in history, interpreting it for use in our own time and place. From the theological underpinnings to the practical application, Hirsch takes the reader through this dynamic mixture of passion, prayer, and incarnational practice to rediscover the dormant potential of the modern church in the West.
This volume helps leaders and leaders-in-training become students of culture who can then contextualize what they learn for their own organizational settings. Douglas McConnell, a respected leader in the worlds of missiology and higher education, enables readers to understand intercultural dynamics so they can shape their organizational cultures and lead their organizations in a missional direction. This is the latest volume in an award-winning series emphasizing mission as partnership with Christians around the globe.
Small groups are a great place to connect with other churchgoers, but many wonder, is this all there is? Is sitting in a living room, talking about a book or watching a video the extent of what we can do together? Isn't being a Christian community about something more than this? Pastor and author Scott Boren thinks so. In this latest release from missional thinktank Allelon, Boren gives leaders and members of small groups the tools they need to make an impact on their communities. Beginning with a gentle critique of current small group models, Boren goes on to show how a uniquely Christian paradigm can set groups free to transform their communities. The final section of the book offers over twenty practices that groups can do to become more missional. Ultimately Missional Small Groups is about helping groups follow Jesus by equipping them to bring his message and healing to a hurting world.
Does your church look and taste like mission? Mission happens when congregations fully align themselves with God's purposes. As the missional church movement matures, Anabaptists offer a robust theological tradition, a contemporary spiritual vitality, and practical stories of witness to the conversation. How are churches and individuals living out Christ's call to engage locally and globally? And how is it changing them in the process? Featuring the voices of missional Mennonite leaders, Fully Engaged offers stories and analysis about how mission is taking shape in local congregations and contexts. A diverse chorus of Anabaptist pastors and laypeople explores the roots, tools, and applications of the missional movement. From nurturing church planting to creating a missional culture to preaching for missional engagement, Fully Engaged offers insights and ideas to churches looking for direction. Engage in God's mission. Fully. Inspire your church to move from doing business as usual to living out God's hope for your neighborhood and the world.
"Churches face the challenge of living relationally with their local communities in order to engage in conversations leading to the revelation of God's desire for the reconciliation of humankind to himself. This project, inspired by the Apostle Paul's Mars Hill address in Acts 17, used new media technology as a means of fostering a relational social media environment at Chi Alpha - Texas A&M University (XA-TAMU) conducive to both online and offline "sacred conversations" with incoming students. This project examined (1) Paul's cross-cultural use of sacred conversations in Acts 17 to reach a pagan culture, (2) current views and practices in the use of social media to facilitate conversations, and (3) contemporary new media to create networked relationships between XA-TAMU and the 2014 freshmen class of Texas A&M. As a result of this project, XA-TAMU expanded its use of current social media technology to understand its local culture and to bring hope to others by sharing the eternal truth of the gospel with its community. The message of the good news of Jesus Christ, including his resurrection, should move ministries to dwell among outsiders. Intentional and ongoing sacred conversations through social media avenues can advance authentic, loving, and purposeful relationships which lead to Christ."
How to release a missional movement by discipling people like Jesus did.
Contains abstracts of missiological contributions, book reviews, and articles.
God declared through the Apostle Paul that the church would be a place of transformation. In 2 Corinthians 5:17 we find, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come. Despite this, the church seems increasingly to be a place where transformation fails to occur. Surveying the landscape, however, there are some bright spots where churches are faithfully producing transformed disciples. Furthermore, as shown in Scripture and supported by new research, God designed such transformation to often happen in the context of smaller groups of people. But what characteristics are true of churches that are making transformed disciples through group-based ministry-whether small groups, missional communities, Sunday school, or some other expression of groups? In Transformational Groups, Ed Stetzer and Eric Geiger have created a new scorecard that will provide a map to transformational success for your church's groups ministry. Using data from the largest survey of pastors and laypersons ever done on the condition of groups in the church, they define a simple process to lead your groups from where they are to where God wants them to be.
Across America churches struggle to relate to a changing culture. Many face decline and possible extinction. ReVITALize offers biblical, historical, and practical wisdom for leaders who seek a revitalized church. Using the analogy of the human body for the body of Christ, the reader will see how to lead a local church to renewed health and vitality.
Written for those who are trying to nurture authentic faith communities and for those who have struggled to retain their faith, The Tangible Kingdom offers theological answers and real-life stories that demonstrate how the best ancient church practices can re-emerge in today's culture, through any church of any size. In this remarkable book, Hugh Halter and Matt Smay "two missional leaders and church planters" outline an innovative model for creating thriving grass-roots faith communities.

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