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Starting Missional Churches: Life with God in the Neighborhood

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Using stories, interviews with pastors and a look at common preconceived notions of church planting in the West, this guide brings together resources of the missional church conversation with the creativity and energy of those who are experimenting with diverse planting activities and practices across the country. Curated by a pastor and a professor, this work highlights d ...more
Paperback, 206 pages
Published July 29th 2014 by IVP Books
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Matthew Fretwell
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it
OK, not the best, mostly theoretical, but certainly not the worst. Still insightful and contains some nuggets.
Joshua
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
“The Church Is A Sign, Foretaste, Witness And Instrument Of The In-Breaking Of God” (182).

American church planting has reached its zenith. An industry in itself, church planting has become the mission statement of some denominations present in North America (e.g. the Southern Baptist Convention). In anticipation of the many methods practiced by these church planters, Starting Missional Churches: Life with God in the Neighborhood offers an important vocalization of a new missions-minded church pl
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Jeff
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked this book, sort of. The first two chapters, written by the editors, provided a helpful introduction to this book but if one is looking a general introduction to the missional church, this is not that. Seven subsequent chapters are written by recent planters of missional churches telling their stories. The quality of those chapters is fairly even and the unique nature of each church comes through. When I read stories of churches such as these I almost always wish I were able to be a fly o ...more
Cara Spaccarelli
p.47 Four priorities when planting a church:"God is the primary agent, neighbors are subjects, boundary crossing is essential, and leadership is plural."
p.50 "Because God is inherently social and missional, church is ultimately about relationship and connection, where the community is the apologetic of faith witnessed through love for one another."
p.145 "Even if our church was 'different,' it will still die someday. Every church will. It's humbling to acknowledge that not one of the churches Pau
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Albert Hong
Mar 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mission
Helpful. I like reading about real life examples of churches that are trying to participate in God's movement already at work in their contexts. There were ideas and practices that I could use to inform and shape my own church work. The theological reflection piece from the authors felt less accessible.

But the main idea that churches are called to follow God's vision rather than set a vision and try to get God to bless it was a useful one.
Desiree Cortez
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So good. Very honest and real.
Chris Theule-VanDam
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Nick Warnes is on to something big here. Are you interested in impacting your community? Start here.
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