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Introducing the Missional Church: What It Is, Why It Matters, How to Become One

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Many pastors and church leaders have heard the term "missional" but have only a vague idea of what it means, let alone why it might be important to them. But what does it actually mean? What does a missional church look like and how does it function? Two leading voices in the missional movement here provide an accessible introduction, showing readers how the movement devel ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Baker Books (first published 2009)
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Chauncey Lattimer
This is one of the best books that I have read regarding the 'missional' church. In the very first chapter they set the stage by reminding the reader: "At every stage in the biblical narratives is hope for a future reality toward which the people are moving. Being missional means we join this heritage, entering a journey without any road maps to discover what God is up to in our neighborhoods and communities." A major emphasis is that the 'attractional' pattern of doing church is not meeting the ...more
I will admit that I approached this book with a bias against it simply because it used the word "missional" in the title. I'm so tired of trendy, overhyped concepts, and "missional" is right up there with "emergent" in terms of words everyone is throwing around to sound hip, relevant, and like they know what they are doing. Regardless of my prejudice, I had to read this book for class, and I'm really glad I did.

Up until the last 30 pages or so, I *really* liked this book. At the core of the book
The low rating has little do with with my evaluation of the Missional movement in general but more a reaction to this book in particular.

I tend to prefer plain talk: hence the admonitions to "enter the missional river" and "live God's dream" while "visioning" and "encouraging people to name their own realities" struck a hollow note with me (especially that last one, which sounds vaguely postmodern). I don't know that I can judge an entire church movement based on one book (and one published in
I'm academically studying the missional church, so I've read 101 books on the topic. This is probably one of the most accessible yet adequate introductions on the topic I have come across. The authors assume that the reader has little or not exposure to the topic aside from hearing about it. They also assume that the reader has sensed something has to change in the church but doesn't know what. They do not shy away from being clear, forceful, and convicting about how the culture has changed and ...more
David Mullens
This is probably the best book I've read introducing the missional church. Roxburgh does an excellent job describing what missional ministry is, and what it isn't.

The one critique I do have is the time he spent describing the process he takes churches through (I'm guessing in a consulting role). I wished he would have given some more direction for local pastors in cultivating "missional imagination" within their congregations. Perhaps he does this in his book "Missional Map-making" which I have
This is a nice overview of the concept of the missional church. Most of it is descriptive about what the missional church is and the way they engage culture, the last section is a little more practical about how to move a church to a more missional identity through what Roxburgh and Boren call the Missional Change Model (Awareness-->Understanding-->Evaluation-->Experiment-->Commitment). I think Roxburgh is more detailed elsewhere, though I appreciate the accessibility of this volume.
Eric Lerew
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Introducing the Missional is a necessary resource for pastors and church leaders who have the desire to understand what missional church is and what it isn't. Most importantly it describes a change process that relies on the work of the Holy Spirit to help the concregation discover their missional identity and to shape the local church around the mission of God.
Allen O'Brien
An accessible and enjoyable introduction to doing church differently. This isn't a how-to or do-it-yourself look at church, but grapples with our identity and calling. Is church about attracting people to our services or is it about entering people's world as the body of Christ? Read this book and find out.
This book was pretty good, but with its focus on the church, it is a book that takes a lot of time to figure out practical application for InterVarsity. I will post more in the near future with what I take as the most helpful parts.
James Kim
Practical, readable, and one of the more helpful books on the topic of transforming established congregations to move toward becoming more engaged in our neighborhoods. Well worth the read for leadership boards and members.
Garth Mailman
The theology is interesting. Whether or not you buy into the program this book promotes is your decision.
Noah Stepro Stepro
good intro to missional conversation
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