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Beyond the Local Church: How Apostolic Movements Can Change the World

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Many people have given up on the church. But that doesn't mean that they've given up on God or Christianity. In many cases, it was merely that local church congregations were not the best context for missional people to live out their sense of God's call.

The good news is that God is raising up vibrant movements of Christians in a vast array of vocations around the world: d
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Published October 25th 2015 by IVP Books
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Michael Abraham
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
In Beyond the Local Church, Sam Metcalf seeks to provide a biblical justification that sodalities are essential expressions of the church, and also to encourage believers who, as he claims, will only be fulfilled if they minister in a sodality.

Metcalf draws from Ralph Winter (especially his article "The Two Structures of God's Redemptive Mission") and frequently quoted paragraphs of Alan Hirsch. At the end of the book, Metcalf pleas with the reader for sodalities, para-church ministries (though
Tim Casteel
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
No book this year made me think more than this one. Favorite book I read in 2016.
* If the Church was doing it’s job, para-churches wouldn't be necessary. True or False?
* 'Beyond' sets forth a positive vision of how the local and missionary church can partner together.
* It highlights "a deficient and even aberrant ecclesiology in which the church in its local form is considered supreme and all else is 'para'—or, even worse, illegitimate. Such a perspective is theologically, historically and mi
Adam McKinney
Beyond the Local Church is a book that, while offering some helpful perspective into the dichotomy between the local church and the para-church (a terminology Metcalf rejects in favor of "sodality"), falls victim to overreaction against an admittedly short-sided view of the local church that exists in some communities today.

Metcalf's justification for a view of the church resting on two feet (one being the local/"modality" and the other being the para/"sodality") strongly seems to lack the neces
Sam Metcalf's clear thinking, current global analysis and biblical insight focuses our scattered and often blurry look at local church and global mission into 3D perspective. The local church and the church in mission are inseparable but different forms of the Body of Christ. The local church exists to win, build and nurture and send. The mobile missionary band or apostolic team exists to capture new ground, cross cultural and linguistic barriers, and reclaim territory that belongs to the King! ...more
Ronsdorf Hans-jörg
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Obwohl die Kirchengeschichte von Anfang bis zum heutigen Tag unübersehbar nachweist, dass neben Ortsgemeinde sich der fünffältige Dienst, allen voran der apostolische, immer und immer wieder in Initiativen, Organisationen und vor allem Bewegungen konzentriert, ist es nicht selten, wie ich selbst aus erster Hand erlebt habe, dass alles in, von und mit einer Ortsgemeinde zusammen geschehen muss. Dieses Buch hat mir geholfen, meiner Berufung mehr zu folgen, die eben nicht im Schoß einer Ortsgemeind ...more
Nathan Schneider
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: church
Sam Metcalf's writing reminded me of books by Alan Hirsch. I was weary of the direction Metcalf might take when seeing the title of the book, but it ended up being very helpful. Metcalf makes the argument that Apostolic Movements (what have traditionally been referred to as para-church ministries or missionary movements), can be considered the church as well, highlighting the potential of a greater partnership between modality and sodality structures. The danger is to see one structure in isolat ...more
Blake A
Mar 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
On the one hand I love that this book gives legitimacy to parachurch workers. He calls it a dirty word. There is nothing junior varsity or secondary to them. They are building the Church and essential to the great commission.

On the other hand, I’m not a huge fan of the CRM or DMM method. I’m sure there are more and less legitimate expressions of it around the world—just like there are more and less legitimate churches. However, some of the principles are more susceptible to abuse and distortion
David Lasley
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Waves the flag for not only modalities but also sodalities(had never heard of these terms before...) in Christendom and provides a solid foundation to affirm those with a calling toward the latter. I think he could have covered the same territory in a shorter volume, and I’m not sure I was convinced regarding everything he said about apostolic leaders. Despite that, this book still seems to me like it should be a must read for missionaries, campus ministers, and faith based non profit leaders.
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ministry
This was an interesting read. It really made me think about the Church and how the local church (modalities) and church organizations (sodalities) are really the Church and how we can all work together at the Great Commission. I'm not sure I agreed with everything, and he seemed pretty angry the first part of the book, but by the end I was very intrigued and really thinking. For the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable (Romans 11:29). ...more
Apr 16, 2022 rated it really liked it
Great exploration into how the church functions but locally and missionally. Using the sodality and modality language is a healthy step that the church needs to embrace and adopt to better understand missional movements.
Kris Howard
Mar 15, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian
this book has some decent food for thought to help the Church move toward a middle ground of cooperation amongst the local church and missions agency. overall his language and tone is aggressive and seems to stem from some sort of unresolved conflict from his past. i was glad to be done with it 🥴.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Helpful read, felt like it gave so much legitimacy to the myriad of feelings I wrestled with while working at a local church...and not just cause he's the president of our organization. ...more
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