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Missional: Joining God in the Neighborhood

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  103 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Well-known missional expert helps church leaders grapple with our changing world and equips them to impact their local communities.
ebook, 224 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Baker Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Dec 28, 2012 Corey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've met the author in person and have heard and read some of his personal story. He strikes me as a failed clergyman who found a way to make a living as a guru who can go around telling people still in churches what they're doing wrong. He is good at that. He dedicates the first part of the book - and spends a good portion of the second - to explaining what churches are doing wrong. And in many respects, he's right. He also has a good handle on the cultural shifts that are happening and why the ...more
Jon Stout
Feb 09, 2015 Jon Stout rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: initiates and initiators
Recommended to Jon by: Bishop Mark Beckwith
Shelves: religion
Alan Roxburgh, the keynote speaker of our upcoming Episcopal Diocesan Convention, attempts to elaborate on the “missional” movement in the church, that is, the movement to revitalize the church by engaging the struggles and the activism of the community at large. Unfortunately the book seems to duplicate the self-centeredness and the arcane language which it sees as the problem.

Roxburgh argues that the Episcopal Church is obsessed with itself and is locked in a “language house” which is Eurocent
Albert Hong
Jul 14, 2015 Albert Hong rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mission
So the introduction had this tantalizing statement about this pastor who was hosting all these community events but had no idea how that was going to translate into people coming to faith. I read most of the book hoping to get an answer to that question. The answer, it turns out, is that the pastor was asking the wrong question. Instead, he should have been asking how do I notice God's presence already present in the community. Not a bad idea at all for redefining the role of the faith community ...more
Jeff Free
This was my 3rd foray into the concept of a slow, radical, missional, community approach to the gospel. I love the idea and feel inspired to pursue it.

This book was about 120 pages too long (out of 190). Chapters 9 & 10 pretty much cover his thesis. Those 2 chapters are worth a read if you are interested in a solid argument for wandering out of the safe confines of your insulated religious community and seeing what the neighborhood has to teach us about Jesus.
Jun 01, 2016 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Don't think I could have handled reading this a few years ago. Fun to discover someone writing 5 yrs ago who is recommending the exact action steps that we have been living these past 2 years (commit to long-term local presence, and begin listening to the neighborhood for where God is at work).
Christie Lothamer
Great read with a few profound Kairos- the first three chapters are worth the whole book for the challenge as to how the church in the west actually engages or doesn't with culture. Inspiring and thought provoking as you work out mission in your own context. This is the text book for my church planting course at Springdale College.
Sep 23, 2011 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
Great questions to help church-embedded folk join the Holy in the wider world and stop being so church-focused. Discipleship matters. Theological foundations of the work include Leslie Newbigin's work and a moderate christian Biblical read (although replicating some of the issues Pamela Eisenbaum is trying to correct in _Paul Was Not A Christian_).
A.L. Stumo
Good as a prophetic call to do something differently and wake up to reality. Not as good as delivery of how to join the neighborhood if not a small parish/small neighborhood church.
May 11, 2014 Mark rated it it was ok
Not what I thought it was going to be. Hoped it would be more practical. Read more like a textbook to me, unfortunately.
Apr 26, 2014 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author discusses church mission in theoretical concepts, but I was left confused on the practical application.
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Alan Roxburgh is a pastor, teacher, writer and consultant with more than 30 years experience in church leadership, consulting and seminary education. Alan has pastored congregations in a small town, the suburbs, the re-development of a downtown urban church and the planting of other congregations. He has directed an urban training center and served as a seminary professor and the director of a cen ...more
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