Here are five books that can help your church on its journey to become more missional.
Prodigal Christianity offers a down-to-earth, accessible, and yet provocative understanding of God’s mission of redemption in the world, and how followers of Christ can participate in this work. It speaks into the discontent of all those who have exhausted conservative, liberal, and even emergent ways of being Christian and are looking for a new way forward. It offers building blocks for missional theology and practice that moves Christians into a gospel-centered way of life for our culture and our times.
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 book 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.
A practical approach for leaders to guide their congregations to become more externally focused, The Externally Focused Quest is designed for church leaders who want to transform their churches to become less internally focused and more oriented to the world around them. The book includes the clear guidelines on the ten changes congregations must adopt to become truly outwardly focused. This book is about getting churches to change the core of who they are and how they see themselves as a part of their community.
This book is for those who have struggled to retain their faith amidst a dying church experience. It gives not only theological answers but real-life stories of how the best parts of the ancient habits of the church can re-emerge in today’s culture. It will synthesize the deep seated theological and practical issues facing the church without all the technical lingo and help alienated Christians and their leaders finally understand the biblical idea of community and how it holds the key to evangelism, spiritual formation and enjoyment of life.
An expert practitioner answers to questions about the burgeoning organic church movement. Neil Cole’s best-selling book Organic Church described the fastest growing segment of contemporary Christianity-the so-called organic church. Without the top-down structure of a denomination, even people who are proponents of this small, house-church model worry that they are not doing it right. In this next-step book, he answers questions about how to deal with theological and organizational issues that come up. He talks about issues such as what to do with finances, children, heresy, leader training, and rituals and ordinances.