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  • Paperback: 279 pages
  • Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co (23 Mar 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802843506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802843500
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.1 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Richardson on 19 Nov 2010
Format: Paperback
Nine chapters, all beginning with 'missional' (church, challenge, context, vocation, witness, community, leadership, structures and connectedness) look at the meaning of church; its missiological role and the changing understanding of what that should be; the relationship between the church and the kingdom and reign of God; and how all of this fits together against the backdrop of post-Christendom. None of these are particularly new themes, but the book weaves them together in interesting ways, making incisive comments on the way the church views the world and vice versa. Much of the book points towards emerging church, intentional community and new monasticism. It's a delightfully easy read, but no less academic for all that (containing frequent reference to Kung, Bosch, Moltmann and many others). A book to challenge and inspire - and one that's not easy to put down.
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A good introduction to missional theology. 28 May 2000
By Victor McCracken - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is one of the better books currently available introducing church leaders, pastors and lay ministers to ecclesiology from a missional perspective. Guder and his fellow writers do a worthy job of synthesizing contemporary perspectives on church in post-Christian North America. Especially engaging is the way that the writers articulate the distinctive claims a Canadian culture (as opposed to an United States culture) will make on a missional church. There are valuable lessons here for pastors seeking to become more adept in cultural discernment. What is lacking in this book are concrete examples of what a missional church "looks like" in ways different than what one finds in Christendom. One hopes that this is an absence that will be addressed in the next four volumes. In short, check out this book as a synthesis of ecclesiology from a post-liberal perspective (a la Hauerwas, Yoder, Brueggemann). Also, a note for pastors: Chapter 7, "Missional Leadership: Equipping God's People for Mission," is worth the price of the book.
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... Hawaii this book is helping me understand my culture better. This quotation from the book is fantastic 19 Sep 2014
By john miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am a pastor at a church in Hawaii this book is helping me understand my culture better. This quotation from the book is fantastic, "All too typical is the woman who, after attending worship and disliking the sermon, asked her visiting friend, “Now tell me, what did you get out of that worship service?” The woman was taken aback when the friend replied, “That’s not a question I ask myself. I ask myself, ‘Did this community of God’s people worship God today?’ ” (Kindle Locations 2043-2045). I would recommend this book to all people who want to help God use the church to help accomplish his mission in the world.
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Will use it as a required text in a course I'll be teaching 13 Aug 2002
By Leon de Huanuco - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Guder does an outstanding job of editing this text.
The writers present a quality summary of today's American spiritual culture as well as justification for returning the church back to its apostolic (i.e. sent) roots. The mission of God is so well presented in this book that I'm going to use it as a required text in the evangelism/mission course that I'm teaching this fall at a Christian/Lutheran university.
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A good introduction to theory/theology 20 Jun 2011
By Brian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Missional Church" is a sound volume for someone new to the conversation on what it means to be missional. Its assessment of the current state of the North American church is fair and accurate and the history that got the church where it is is well summarized and to the point. The sections on the shaping and leading of the missional community were especially helpful as they give a general lesson on what the change that needs to be made looks like. The book is much heavier on theory than it is on practice but there are plenty of quality books that deal with the practice. For someone unfamiliar with idea of the church in North America being a "sent community," this book will set them well on an exciting journey.
Good variety of material 24 Feb 2013
By Cynthia T Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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We used this book in our Sunday School Book Study group and it generated strong feelings and fiery discussion which is always welcome in any book study group.
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