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The Church on the Other Side: Doing Ministry in the Postmodern Matrix

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Making the leap from yesterday to today If you re a church leader or committed member and you re tired of easy steps and facile formulas for church health, growth, and renewal, then this book points the way to thoughtful action and profound, liberating change. Discover the importance of redefining your mission, finding fresh ways to communicate the gospel, and engaging tod ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 9th 2003 by Zondervan (first published March 1st 1998)
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Jan 05, 2014 Wade rated it really liked it
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What would it take to re-imagine the institutional christian church into something modern and relevant for the vast majority of secular, un-churched westerners? Brian McLaren takes a stab at what he thinks it will take. And it might surprise a lot of dyed-in-the-wool church-goers.

Most of what McLaren talks about is sensible and parts of it are even obvious. But he puts it all together in a way that isn't done often enough. The church has to understand how to change in a way that is changing fast
Dec 02, 2014 Sue rated it really liked it
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This excellent book which is geared primarily to pastors and other church leaders. Brian McLaren observes - as he has said often - that the modernist era, from approximately 1500-2000 AD, has drawn to a close. We have much to be thankful for in the industrial and technological revolution, including new means of spreading the Gospel in places where it used to be considered impossible. Modernism was necessary - and the church (at least the Protestant part of it) adjusted to meet the needs of those ...more
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Dec 05, 2011 Garland Vance rated it really liked it
I do not consider myself supportive of the emergent church movement, although I appreciate the sincere desires of those who are leading it who want to see God's kingdom come in our current postmodern world. Since McLaren helps to lead the emergent church movement, I. Fully expected this book to frustrate me. On the contrary, I found McLaren's chapters to be thought provoking and challenging, He writes very well and causes you to think about the challenges that the church is facing, He had a very ...more
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Oct 20, 2013 Symon Pratt rated it it was amazing
Brian McLaren seems to draw the ire of the conservative sectors of Evangelical Christianity. I find this highly disappointing. Church on the other side is light on in the 'how to' of what the church should look like, but I think that is the point. McLaren has painted a general idea of what the church should look like & has given great questions for Christian leaders to ponder, as to what the churches in their contexts should become. I really loved this book from start to finish. Loved the id ...more
Wes Hunter
Jul 25, 2007 Wes Hunter rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone/christians
this is an introduction to the idea of the emerging church, which is church designed to engage the emerging generations in a post-modern, post-christian society. its a good book, but there are better ones out there on this topic. Dan Kimball's The Emerging Church is where I would start reading up on this topic.
Dec 08, 2012 Tim rated it liked it
He tries to explain how culture is shifting - as significantly as the renaissance. He says the shift from modernism to postmodernism is really huge, and it is, but perhaps it's more complex than that, and not so black and white :) (spoken like a true postmodern).
Jun 21, 2013 Benjamin rated it it was amazing
Thought provoking, challenging. A must read for all interested in redefining your mission for today's world. Filled with practical advise that can aid towards building a vibrant church filled with enthused members revitalized for the task at hand.
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Jun 17, 2015 Brad Heap rated it really liked it
Even though this was written some years ago, it is still extremely relevant.
Jul 28, 2011 Justin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting book that i will have to reread. I am not sure whetver i agree with the emerging church or not.
Jan 13, 2008 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another book that was hard to read - but only because there were so many great thoughts. It was like McClaren was reading my mind.
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Brian D. McLaren is an internationally known speaker and the author of over ten highly acclaimed books on contemporary Christianity, including A New Kind of Christian, A Generous Orthodoxy, and The Secret Message of Jesus.
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