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Missional: Joining God in the Neighborhood

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  145 ratings  ·  13 reviews
The burgeoning missional church movement is a sign that believers are increasingly feeling the call to impact their communities, which is a good thing. But, says Alan J. Roxburgh, these conversations still prioritize church success over mission--how can being missional grow my church? But to focus on such questions misses the point.

In Missional, Roxburgh calls Christians t
Paperback, 196 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Baker Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
I've met the author in person and have heard and read some of his personal story. He strikes me as a failed clergyman who found a way to make a living as a guru who can go around telling people still in churches what they're doing wrong. He is good at that. He dedicates the first part of the book - and spends a good portion of the second - to explaining what churches are doing wrong. And in many respects, he's right. He also has a good handle on the cultural shifts that are happening and why the ...more
Steven Cauley
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Despite the goofy looking cover, this book has a lot to offer regarding Missiology. I found myself highlight and gleaning exciting stuff in most all section of the three sections. Roxburgh offers thoughts about re-framing our "language house" which includes moving from a Matthew 28 imperial church to a Luke 10 missionary model. I'll be utilizing and "unpacking" a lot of his suggestions as I seek to lead a faith community into a new "language house" as we discover, more deeply, what God is up to ...more
Jon Stout
Jan 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: initiates and initiators
Recommended to Jon by: Bishop Mark Beckwith
Shelves: religion
Alan Roxburgh, the keynote speaker of our upcoming Episcopal Diocesan Convention, attempts to elaborate on the “missional” movement in the church, that is, the movement to revitalize the church by engaging the struggles and the activism of the community at large. Unfortunately the book seems to duplicate the self-centeredness and the arcane language which it sees as the problem.

Roxburgh argues that the Episcopal Church is obsessed with itself and is locked in a “language house” which is Eurocent
Albert Hong
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mission
So the introduction had this tantalizing statement about this pastor who was hosting all these community events but had no idea how that was going to translate into people coming to faith. I read most of the book hoping to get an answer to that question. The answer, it turns out, is that the pastor was asking the wrong question. Instead, he should have been asking how do I notice God's presence already present in the community. Not a bad idea at all for redefining the role of the faith community ...more
Jeff Free
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
This was my 3rd foray into the concept of a slow, radical, missional, community approach to the gospel. I love the idea and feel inspired to pursue it.

This book was about 120 pages too long (out of 190). Chapters 9 & 10 pretty much cover his thesis. Those 2 chapters are worth a read if you are interested in a solid argument for wandering out of the safe confines of your insulated religious community and seeing what the neighborhood has to teach us about Jesus.
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Don't think I could have handled reading this a few years ago. Fun to discover someone writing 5 yrs ago who is recommending the exact action steps that we have been living these past 2 years (commit to long-term local presence, and begin listening to the neighborhood for where God is at work). ...more
Christie Lothamer
Great read with a few profound Kairos- the first three chapters are worth the whole book for the challenge as to how the church in the west actually engages or doesn't with culture. Inspiring and thought provoking as you work out mission in your own context. This is the text book for my church planting course at Springdale College. ...more
Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christianity
Great questions to help church-embedded folk join the Holy in the wider world and stop being so church-focused. Discipleship matters. Theological foundations of the work include Leslie Newbigin's work and a moderate christian Biblical read (although replicating some of the issues Pamela Eisenbaum is trying to correct in _Paul Was Not A Christian_). ...more
A.L. Stumo
Dec 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Good as a prophetic call to do something differently and wake up to reality. Not as good as delivery of how to join the neighborhood if not a small parish/small neighborhood church.
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard to implement but definitely worth reading.
Kim Zimmerman
book makes you go 'hmmm' ...more
May 03, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not what I thought it was going to be. Hoped it would be more practical. Read more like a textbook to me, unfortunately.
Mar 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author discusses church mission in theoretical concepts, but I was left confused on the practical application.
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Alan Roxburgh is a pastor, teacher, writer and consultant with more than 30 years experience in church leadership, consulting and seminary education. Alan has pastored congregations in a small town, the suburbs, the re-development of a downtown urban church and the planting of other congregations. He has directed an urban training center and served as a seminary professor and the director of a cen ...more

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