Creating a Missional Culture

Creating a Missional Culture

. . . 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.

Author: JR Woodward

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830866793

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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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.
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As You Go

As You Go

Speaker, author, and evangelism professor Alvin L. Reid reveals a key to capturing students’ hearts for life: a missional youth ministry.

Author: Alvin Reid

Publisher: Tyndale House

ISBN: 9781612914787

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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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.
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The Church as Movement

The Church as Movement

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.

Author: JR Woodward

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830893621

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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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.
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Korean Diaspora and Christian Mission

Korean Diaspora and Christian Mission

His leadership enables creating a missional culture, developing missional
practice and theology, and pioneering missional future. Planning the Gospel
Concert for evangelistic purposes, separating the Yohan Washeda Christian
Church for ...

Author: S. Hun Kim

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781610972826

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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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.
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Creating Missional Worship

Creating Missional Worship

Selling out to context and merely re-creating contemporary culture will lose the
rich resources of tradition, and retreating to the margins of society to produce a
church culture of tradition will create a worshipping community wholly out of
touch ...

Author: Lomax Tim

Publisher: Canterbury Press

ISBN: 9780715144664

Category: Religion

Page: 208

View: 960

Explores how contemporary context and Anglican liturgical tradition can be fused together to create engaging and transformative worship. Using the basic patterns of Common Worship, it offers new, imaginative ideas for creating worship that is incarnational, sacramental, Trinitarian and revelatory in today's culture.
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Missional Leadership

Missional Leadership

6) There is no missional transformation without a new missional language, and
the formation of missional language is one of the most important factors in
creating a missional culture (Cordier 2014:200). One of the most powerful ways
of ...

Author: Nelus Niemandt

Publisher: AOSIS

ISBN: 9781928523055

Category: Religion

Page: 262

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The purpose and aim of this book is to develop an appropriate leadership model for missional churches. This implies a positioning of this book within the broader theology of mission and a consensus on the theology of the Missio Dei, originating at the 1952 conference of the International Missionary Council in Willingen, Germany. In this approach to the theology of mission, mission is understood as the work of the Trinitarian God, and the church is privileged to participate in God’s mission. It is against this background that the growing consensus on missional ecclesiology challenges leadership models developed for a different time and a different kind of church (with less or no emphasis on the missional character of the church). The aim is to reflect theologically on the role of leadership in the missional church. What kind of ideas about power, authority and leadership are appropriate for a missional church? New missional challenges demand new ideas about missional leadership. Church organisation and leadership reflects a theological position – there is a strong relation between ecclesiology and church organisation. The nature of the church provides the framework to understand the character of the church. What the church is determines what the church does. The church organises what it does and agrees on rules that regulate ministries and organisation. Issues such as the way the church organises and governs what it does, and thus church leadership, need to be answered against this background and understanding. Church polity and organisation, as well as leadership, must reflect the identity, calling, life and order of the church. This book, therefore, addresses life in the Trinity, participation in the Missio Dei and contours of the missional church as the point of entry to develop leadership insights. It contributes towards the development of an appropriate model of leadership for missional churches, because although recent developments in the theology of mission comprehensively addressed the area of missional ecclesiology, there is a gap in the development of a leadership model based on the concept of authority in the missional church.
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Missional Map Making

Missional Map Making

CULTIVATING PARALLEL CULTURES OF THE KINGDOM Chapter Eight
introduced the first two steps in becoming missional mapmakers in a new space.
Step 3 is presented in this chapter. It is about how we go about forming people in
the ...

Author: Alan Roxburgh

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470583223

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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Guidance for church leaders to develop their own maps and chart new paths toward stronger, more vibrant, and more missional congregations In the burgeoning missional church movement, churches are seeking to become less focused on programs for members and more oriented toward outreach to people who are not already in church. This fundamental shift in what a congregation is and does and thinks is challenging for leaders and congregants. Using the metaphor of map-making, the book explains the perspective and skills needed to lead congregations and denominations in a time of radical change over unfamiliar terrain as churches change their focus from internal to external. Offers a clear guide for leaders wanting to transition to a missional church model Written by Alan Roxburgh, a prominent expert and practitioner in the missional movement Guides leaders seeking to create new maps for leadership and church organization and focus A Volume in the popular Leadership Network Series This book is written to be accessible to all Christian congregational styles and denominations.
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Missional Communities

Missional Communities

The Austin Stone's mantra for developing leaders for these missional
communities is ''little by little, topic by topic, ... Creating a Missionary Culture
Creating a missionary culture to support a missionary way of life is a key
challenge and key ...

Author: Reggie McNeal

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118107584

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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The third book in the trilogy that explores the popular missional movement From Reggie McNeal, the bestselling author of The Present Future and Missional Renaissance, comes the third book in the series that helps to define and illuminate the popular missional movement. This newest book in the trilogy examines a natural outgrowth of the move toward a missional orientation: the deconstruction of congregations into very small Christian communities. For all those thousands of churches and leaders who have followed Reggie McNeal's bold lead, this book details the rise of a new life form in churches. Discusses how to move a church from an internal to an external ministry focus Reggie McNeal is a recognized leader in the missional movement Outlines an alternative to the program church model that is focused on the projects and passions of the congregants This book draws on McNeal's twenty years of leadership roles in local congregations and his work over the last decade with thousands of clergy and church leaders.
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Church Unique

Church Unique

His insights provide you the coaching you need to prepare for your next ministry chapter." –REGGIE McNEAL, author, The Present Future "If you don't know the unique purpose of your church, read this book now!" –JIM TOMBERLIN, founder, ...

Author: Will Mancini

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470435348

Category: Religion

Page: 304

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Written by church consultant Will Mancini expert on a new kind of visioning process to help churches develop a stunningly unique model of ministry that leads to redemptive movement. He guides churches away from an internal focus to emphasize participation in their community and surrounding culture. In this important book, Mancini offers an approach for rethinking what it means to lead with clarity as a visionary. Mancini explains that each church has a culture that reflects its particular values, thoughts, attitudes, and actions and shows how church leaders can unlock their church's individual DNA and unleash their congregation's one-of-a-kind potential.
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Becoming Missional

Becoming Missional

... that developing missional churches of many cultures would result in churches
oflike-minded people who share certain ... Hospitality House has a remarkable
ability to be present to its context, expecting little of the context other than making
 ...

Author: David W. Boshart

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781608996988

Category: Religion

Page: 182

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Christian leaders at every level of the church are working in the crucible of multiple realities where paradoxical trends occupy the same space and time. Today church leaders find themselves bearing witness to the gospel in contexts of discontinuous change. Nowhere is the complexity of mission strategy more apparent than in the relationships among denominational leaders and church planters. Enlightenment era models of mission relied heavily on models applied to cross-cultural contexts with little consideration of the congruence of the model with the cultural context. While mission practitioners have done their share of experimentation in the field, denominational centers typically play the role of referee in determining acceptable and unacceptable mission strategies. While it may seem that everything is up for grabs in the ecology of the church, the complexity and change Christians leaders face is not only a problem. Change and complexity also offer frame-breaking opportunities. The narratives in this book, presented as four case studies of church planting, will explore issues with which local, regional, and denominational church leaders struggle as they attempt to plant churches at a time when modern models of mission are quickly losing their relevance and coherence. This study will identify new pathways forward so that church leaders at every level can incarnate a winsome witness in social contexts that are increasingly characterized by complexity, paradox, and discontinuous change.
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Activating 5Q

Activating 5Q

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.

Author: Alan Hirsch

Publisher:

ISBN: 099863932X

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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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
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Missional Impossible

Missional  Impossible

In this process missional map-making helps people connect their own stories
with the history of G-d's pilgrim people. Participants bring to the group their
stories of fragmentation and dislocation. These have been shaped by the culture
of ...

Author: Francis Rothery

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781630872762

Category: Religion

Page: 242

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Mainline Christianity in the West is dying. Addiction to hierarchical and bureaucratic power is killing it. A management-god and a mission-god have usurped the Way of Christ. In the midst of decline the missional movement is attempting to reboot the church. Its goal is to remake a New Christian West through mission, leadership, mapping, and planning. Yet it is trapped in the language and methods of modernity. Its final solution is a polarizing vision of cultural domination by one social group, the Christians. The Way of Life and Truth has been forgotten. Christ is not a conquering King, a written Word, or an absolute Idea, but a divine Human Being. Social wholeness can only be realized through a rediscovery of Conversation, Reconciliation, and Empowerment. These reflect Christ's practices of eternal dialogue and reciprocal giving in small communities. Through this mutual Way of Life people of all faiths (and none) can discover deep within themselves Our Un/Known G-d. A gentle voice is whispering in the heart of all humanity, "I am . . . the Way."
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Reclaiming Mission as Constructive Theology

Reclaiming Mission as Constructive Theology

Missional Church and World Christianity Paul S. Chung. distracting the public
and hindering growth. ... The apostolic community creates missional communities
in new cultural contexts. In the process of translation and interpretation the faith ...

Author: Paul S. Chung

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781621891994

Category: Religion

Page: 330

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Reclaiming Mission as Constructive Theology offers a compelling case for the need to integrate God's mission and missional church conversation with a public and post-colonial study of World Christianity. Driven by a commitment to publicly engaged theology that takes seriously the reality of Global Christianity, Paul Chung presents a vital new model for understanding the mission of God as a dynamic word-event. This is argued in conversation with contemporary missional theology and analysis of the development of Global Christianity, and as such brings important transcultural issues to bear on contemporary American conversations about the missional church. All of this serves to innovatively stimulate this missional church conversation and more directly address the various questions that arise in pursuing mission in a multiculuralized American society.
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The Evangelistic Love of God Neighbor

The Evangelistic Love of God   Neighbor

Create and Sustain a Missional Culture How does a congregation become a
missionary body? The most important way in which this is done is through the
internal communication of the gospel. Mission is first of all God's mission, and the
 ...

Author: Scott J. Jones

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 9781426719165

Category: Religion

Page: 134

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There are, it seems, as many definitions of the term "evangelism" as there are people doing the defining. For some, it means proclaiming the gospel to those who have not heard it. To others, it means making disciples of Jesus Christ. To others, it means working for the transformation of the world into the kingdom of God. For still others, it has principally to do with building vibrant, healthy congregations. Underlying this confusion is a fundamental inability to locate the practice of evangelism within one's overall theological convictions. We will never understand the part that proclamation, disciple making, kingdom building, and church growth play in evangelism until we first ask a more important question: What does evangelism have to do with who God is? What is it we know about God that makes evangelism a central part of what it means to be Christian? In this comprehensive theology of evangelism, Scott J. Jones proposes to ground the practice of evangelism in an understanding of God's love for the world, specifically as seen in the incarnation of God in Christ. In Jesus, God took on all of what it means to be human. Because of this, evangelism must be a ministry to the whole person. The typical distinctions between soul-winning, social action, and church growth evaporate; individual conversion and acts of mercy are part of the same ministry of bringing persons more fully into the reign of a loving God.
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Untamed Shapevine

Untamed  Shapevine

This is a book to be read and wrestled with."--Margaret Feinberg, MargaretFeinberg.com; author of Scouting the Divine and The Organic God "Alan and Debra Hirsch are prophets to a church imprisoned by domesticated, consumer values.

Author: Alan Hirsch

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 9781441207517

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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Discipleship is costly. Are we willing to critique and even challenge much we've been taught for the sake of the kingdom? For this is the radical nature of the discipleship to which Jesus calls us. He did not allow the outside culture to hold him captive; instead he established the kingdom of God and turned the world on its head. Jesus was untamed, and he calls his church to be the same. In this provocative and compelling book, internationally known missiologists Alan and Debra Hirsch overthrow culturized understandings of theology and culture, and cast a vision for a distinctly mission-shaped way of living the Christian life. Written for any Christian serious about issue of discipleship, Untamed covers such topics as church, humans as bearers of the image of God, family life, culture, and sexuality. Through it all they seek to answer the question, how are we to think and live day to day as followers of Jesus? Each chapter ends with suggested practices to help readers begin to live out the book's principles as well as questions for group discussion.
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The Missional Leader

The Missional Leader

This book assists leaders in shifting from dominant models of leadership rooted in strategic planning--with mission and vision statements, desired outcomes, measurements along the way, and determined goals.

Author: Alan J. Roxburgh

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 9781506463346

Category: Religion

Page: 238

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In The Missional Leader, consultants Alan J. Roxburgh and Fred Romanuk address two questions: "How do we do missional?" and "What does missional leadership look like?" Drawing on their many years of experience, the authors show readers how to bring God's word into the community outside the church's walls. They focus on how to lead missionally on the ground, in the local setting, even amid leaders' experience of massive change within the church and in the wider world. The challenge for many church leaders is that they are not equipped to lead a church in shifting from a consumer model of church to one that is missional. They were trained in a Christendom mindset--to meet the needs of the church's members. This book assists leaders in shifting from dominant models of leadership rooted in strategic planning--with mission and vision statements, desired outcomes, measurements along the way, and determined goals. It provides a praxis for beginning where people are, rather than where the leader wants them to go. Roxburgh and Romanuk give frank recognition to the fact that the shift from a consumer model to a missional mindset will almost certainly be stormy, disruptive, and disorienting. This is not a book of quick fixes and slick slogans, but one that sets out a comprehensive and in-depth treatment for a different way of leading. The Missional Leader is a critical commentary that needs to be read in the light of today's realities.
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God s People on the Move

God   s People on the Move

Biblical and Global Perspectives on Migration and Mission vanThanh Nguyen
SVD, John Prior. realities ... This tendency of early Christianity to cross cultural
boundaries is a fertile starting point for developing a model of biblical
interpretation.

Author: vanThanh Nguyen SVD

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781630877514

Category: Religion

Page: 204

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On the highways and byways of every continent, hundreds of millions of immigrants are constantly on the move. Because of growing inequalities of wealth caused by unregulated economic globalization, political and ethnic conflicts, environmental degradation, instant communication, and viable means of transportation, more and more people are migrating than ever before. Crossing international borders, whether compelled or voluntarily, is a major characteristic of our present epoch. No countries or regions are immune from this reality. Facing the growing scope, complexity and impact of the current worldwide phenomenon, God's People on the Move seeks to develop appropriate biblical and missiological responses to the issue of human migration and dislocation. The book is divided into two major sections. Part one, "Biblical Perspectives on Migration and Mission," contains six essays that focus on various biblical themes or texts that deal with migration and mission. Part two, "Contemporary Issues of Migration and Mission," contains six essays that address different immigration issues around the world. The contributors to this volume are women and men from different ethnic backgrounds, working and living on five continents. The internationality of the contributors gives this volume a unique global perspective on migration and mission.
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Called as Partners in Christ s Service

Called as Partners in Christ s Service

I never imaged missionaries creating dependencies or humiliating anyone . Later
I realized that unless we humbly , intentionally , and patiently build dialogical
relationships and practice two - way mission with people , our cultural default is a
 ...

Author: Sherron Kay George

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0664502628

Category: Religion

Page: 132

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Using a study of the Gospel of John as a framework, Sherron George affirms that God's mission in partnership, by its very nature, must be ecumenical. This book is intended for all Christians engaged in mission with God and others. It is offered as a theological and practical tool to all in the global church who engage in "re-inventing" partnership in mission for the twenty-first century.
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