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Missional Renaissance: Changing the Scorecard for the Church

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  179 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Reggie McNeal's bestseller The Present Future is the definitive work on the "missional movement," i.e., the widespread movement among Protestant churches to be less inwardly focused and more oriented toward the culture and community around them. In that book he asked the tough questions that churches needed to entertain to begin to think about who they are and what they ar...more
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Published January 16th 2009 by Jossey-Bass (first published 2009)
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This was an excellent summer 2012 vacation read. I think Reggie is right on with his 3 missional shifts: 1) from Internal Focus to External Focus 2)From Program Development to People Development 3)From Church-Based Leadership to Kingdom Based Leadership. As Reggie indicates, when we enact just one of the shifts we will end with a fad. All three are necessary. My personal focus of work is on shift #2, but all 3 are important. "if we only make the first shift without understanding and implement th...more
Nathan Good
Overall I loved Missional Renaissance by Reggie McNeal. I agree that the North American church is off-base and in need of some change. I agree that we have lost our identity as the people of God. I agree that we need to be more outward focused, people oriented, and kingdom based. Sometimes, though, it seems like Reggie has a very narrow view of what The Church is and takes some things a little too far. In fact, I wonder if what Reggie is encouraging is a missional church or a postmodern church....more
Chauncey Lattimer
In this book, Missional Renaissance, Reggie McNeal has managed to balance theory and practice. M.R. is a book that not only defines the shifts that need to be made in order to go missional, but provides very practical ways to measure if we are or are not accomplishing the shift.

The three shifts are (1) the shift from an internal to an external focus, (2) from program development to people development, and (3) from church-based to Kingdom-based leadership. These shifts are considered the "signat...more
John Kennedy
McNeal claims, “The rise of the missional church is the single biggest development in Christianity since the Reformation.” That’s quite a statement, but clearly the Church is undergoing a shaking unlike anything in generations. That is evident by the way many young people look at church; it’s the people, not a building. Thus, it doesn’t make sense to invest millions of dollars into an edifice where people gather for a couple of hours a week. Instead of trying to keep congregants comfy and entert...more
Sep 07, 2009 David rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO HUMAN!
More "missional" stupidity.

I REALLY like McNeal when I have heard him (briefly) in the past, but this book is more of the dumb-stuff. A HORRID use of the concept of "God's Mission" (perhaps they can read a WHOLE gospel for once - any of the 4 will do! and find that Jesus' "mission" is not solely to 'reach the lost' [another, vocabulary atrocity:]).

And to simply re-cast what has always been with a little more service and a little less "not internally focused" ...

When are ANY of these 'missional'...more
Reggie McNeal scores again with this newest book. Here he suggests three major shifts that churches need to make as they turn the corner to more missional living. They need to move from an internal to external focus, from program development to people development, and from church-based to community-focused leadership. For those who have been in the conversation for a while these shifts won't come as new, but the biggest contribution is McNeal's emphasis on developing measurements for these shift...more
I enjoyed the book, not as a whole, but in bits and pieces. I like the beginning. I liked the end. Maybe that says more about me as a person, a reader, than it says about the content of the book. There are a few nuggets I've put in my pocket and will take with me. For those of you that follow closely, I would recommend you read Unchanging Mission and skip this one because they say the same thing...Douglas Webster just does a better job. There are certainly some excellent resources within the pag...more
There has never been a time in the twenty-century history of the Christian Church when somebody didn't think they could do it better. Some of these have been burned as heretics; others are revered as great reformers of the Church. The difference seems most often the product of historical accident. Reggie McNeal has written several books about how the Church is changing and ought to change. He carefully explains that everyone who does not agree fully with him is part of the problem and wil... (sh...more
Neil White
Reggie McNeal is one of the voices challenging the church to rethink the way it views success as it enters a new age. Reggie asks a lot of helpful questions and points in the direction of some helpful answers. This is his third book pushing the church to ask some tough questions going forward. This is a quick read and well worth the effort.
I enjoyed this book by McNeal and had some great takeaways. I think one of the great gifts that McNeal has given the church is the language around the scorecard and a different way for the church to look at accountability and evaluation. This was a good read.
Daryl Watts
Following up on the "new scorecard" idea from "Present Future." Talks of three missional shifts: from internal to external, from program development to people development, and from church based to Kingdom based. Lots of practical (though sometimes obvious) suggestions.
The only reason I haven't finished reading this book is because I have read enough written along these lines for what the amount of knowledge I need at this point in time. Will reread/finish it when the time is right and when I need what's in it.
Bea Lathrop
This was required reading...the concept is good and putting it into action (especially for us older folks) might be interesting. Really don't know how to rate it. I probably would NOT have picked it on my own to read.
May 07, 2011 Meghann rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Meghann by: Jon Cullen
This was an interesting read. It was a bit repetitive and while it gave a lot of examples it didn't really give a plan for how to shift the paradigm from attractional to missional. He gave a scorecard but...
Matt Adams
Reggie McNeal is one of my authors and speakers. This book offers guidance to any church that wants to become more externally focused. I believe it's worth reading, and worth reading again.

Nancy Graham
Back to the future ... Every Christian leader ought to read this book, transforming the metrics of "success" to a more biblical standard. This book is a life-changer.
stephen fife
Decent read with practical advice on missional church movement. Lots of stuff here to help your discipleship grow and your membership shrink.
I understand his background, but this is like a man who discovered he believed in a practice but has not caught up to the philosophy...
crisp, insightful and to the point of where the church needs to be going as it shifts from club membership to transformational impact
Milton Moon Louie
Three major paradigm shifts to be missional according to the author. It is definitely not what most churches are doing. B+
A better title would be, "Jesus Your Life-Coach: An Old Hippie's Suggestions for the Self-Dissolution of Christ's Church".
This guy is right on about asking the question of what is the church, as opposed to who is the church.
Joe Mayerik
Discusses what the new score card for churches needs to be: community impact versus attendance and dollars.
Pretty good challenge to churches to get folks up off the pews and into community service.
Stan Rieb
Reggie did not disappoint with this book. A great explanation of the Missional Church.
This is required reading for the St. Mary's vestry. Interesting concept.
Joanna Crawford
A very good introduction to what this whole "missional" thing means.
Must read for missional church planters
Jennifer Arman
This book is screwing up my life...
Very thought provoking....
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