A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America
Author: Daniel L. Guder
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
What would a theology of the Church look like that took seriously the fact that North America is now itself a mission field? This question lies at the foundation of this volume written by an ecumenical team of six noted missiologists—Lois Barrett, Inagrace T. Dietterich, Darrell L. Guder, George R. Hunsberger, Alan J. Roxburgh, and Craig Van Gelder. The result of a three-year research project undertaken by The Gospel and Our Culture Network, this book issues a firm challenge for the church to recover its missional call right here in North America, while also offering the tools to help it do so. The authors examine North America s secular culture and the church s loss of dominance in today s society. They then present a biblically based theology that takes seriously the church s missional vocation and draw out the consequences of this theology for the structure and institutions of the church.
• Offers church leaders and vestries a robust and missional perspective on the church in the 21st century • Each chapter is concluded with recommendations for further study and questions for discussion. Written from a post-Christendom and missional worldview, this book was born of a singular question asked in hundreds of ways: “What do we do to be faithful in this changed and changing reality?” Whether shaped by anxiety, a foretaste of coming changes, excitement, or energy at the prospects of witness and service the future holds, the question remains the same and the answers elusive. Part one addresses the ministry of leadership under categories of governance, modeling, collaboration, champion, catalyst, mission, covenant, disciple, change and the talents and gifts of leaders. Part two offers further explication of the functions, including books recommended for in-depth study, application ideas, vestry agendas, and further exploration of themes.
Helping Congregations Develop a Missional Identity
Author: Craig Van Gelder
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
The Missional Church and Denominations utilizes the missional church conversation as a lens for engaging an important dimension of church life in the United States - denominations and denominationalism. Denominations have been studied from a wide variety of perspectives, including historical, sociological, and theological, but they have yet to be engaged in light of a missional church understanding. Here each essay helps to bring further clarity to the word "missional" and contributes to the ever-widening conversation.
In a time when churches are focusing on finding strategies and techniques to guarantee success, a movement toward the missional church is emerging. Missional churches are communities created by the Spirit with a unique nature and identity. Purpose and strategies of the church are derivative dimensions, the activities that flow naturally from the church that is focused on Spirit-led ministry. The Ministry of the Missional Church leads pastors, ministry leaders, and laypersons through three simple arguments--the church is; the church does what it is; the church organizes what it does--in order to make sense of how missional churches work. And by focusing the work of the church as the work of the Triune God, this unique book will change the way readers think about the church and the world.
The missional church conversation continues to make a vital contribution to thinking about congregations and their contexts, addressing the essential question What does it really mean to be church? This book offers substantial, clarifying insights into that ongoing dialogue. Contributors: Mark Lau Branson James Tzu-Kao Chai Mary Sue Dehmlow Dreier Terri Martinson Elton Scott Frederickson Joon Ho Lee Gary M. Simpson Craig Van Gelder
In this volume the third book in the Missional Church series eminent missional church expert Craig Van Gelder continues to track and contribute to the expanding missional church conversation, inviting today s brightest minds in the field to speak to key questions concerning church leadership.
We have too often missed the point that it is the community of faith, the church, that is called to be a sign, instrument, and in particular a foretaste of the reign of God. So what would an appetizer of God’s coming reign look like anyway? The focus of this book is not only on what a church does but how it goes about doing what it does. The common life and shared ministry of the church are a powerful witness to God’s loving and reconciling activity. A world wracked with fear, incivility, win-lose competition, and anger calls for churches that manifest the fruit of the Holy Spirit. This book dives into the key leadership behaviors that cultivate transformed and transforming faith communities--skills that every church leader and leadership team need to know, learn, and practice.
In this book, two leading ministry experts place the missional church conversation in historical perspective and offer fresh insights for its further development. They begin by providing a helpful review of the genesis of the missional church and offering an insightful critique of the Gospel and Our Culture Network's seminal book Missional Church, which set the conversation in motion. They map the diverse paths this discussion has taken over the past decade, identifying four primary branches and ten sub-branches of the conversation and placing over one hundred published titles and websites into this framework. The authors then utilize recent developments in biblical and theological perspectives to strengthen and extend the conversation about missional theology, the church's interaction with culture and cultures, and church organization and leadership in relation to the formation of believers as disciples. Professors, students, and church leaders will value this comprehensive overview of the missional movement. It includes a foreword by Alan J. Roxburgh.
"As the Father has sent me, I am sending you" (John 20:21). With the reality of broad-scale secularization in the West and the attendant cloud of insignificance hanging over the church, is there any hope for the re-evangelization of the West? In this comprehensive theology of mission, Ross Hastings directs the fretful gaze of the church to the trinitarian commission of John 20. There we find Jesus granting peace to his disciples by breathing his Spirit on them. He formed them into his community of shalom. Leaving their locked room, these "sent ones" went out to participate in God's own ongoing mission to the world. Hastings also tackles the dual challenges of isolation from and accommodation to the surrounding culture. Building on the works of David Bosch, Lesslie Newbigin, Christopher Wright and Darrell Guder, the author corrects numerous dichotomies that hinder the church. In the power of the Spirit the gathered church is spiritually transformed and also scattered as it proclaims God's forgiveness and freedom. This comprehensive theology of mission opens possibilities for renewal of faithful effort as we join in Christ's mission to the world.
Kevin Wilcock is the Senior Pastor of Life Church, Newcastle, Australia as well as the founder and leader of Ozreach Australia. He is a leading practitioner in missional churches in Australia as well as leading a relational movement of missional churches. Amongst other things, the run Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) 7 days a week, Seafarers Mission Life Houses emergency accommodation, Pub Church and Soul Café, a feeding program for the homeless and needy, also providing a doctors clinic, Legal Aid, counselling, Centrelink, clothing, and general support. The chapter titles are Chapter 1 - Things are changing Chapter 2 - The missional life Chapter 3 - Uncluttered Christianity Chapter 4 – Understanding cultural trends and spiritual climates Chapter 5 - Missio Dei Chapter 6 - Communitas Chapter 7 - Missio Dei & Communitas Chapter 8 - Leadership in a missional world Chapter 9 - Discipleship in a missional world Chapter 10 - Pastoral care and shepherding in a missional world Chapter 11 - Evangelism in a missional world Chapter 12 - Meetings in a missional world Chapter 13 - Church buildings in a missional world Chapter 14 - The 5 marks of a missional church Chapter 15 - The strengths and weaknesses of missional church