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The Permanent Revolution: Apostolic Imagination and Practice for the 21st Century Church (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series)
 
 

The Permanent Revolution: Apostolic Imagination and Practice for the 21st Century Church (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series) [Kindle Edition]

Alan Hirsch , Tim Catchim , Darrell L. Guder , Mike Breen
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A new brand of apostolic ministry for today's world

The Permanent Revolution is a work of theological re-imagination and re-construction that draws from biblical studies, theology, organizational theory, leadership studies, and key social sciences. The book elaborates on the apostolic role rooted in the five-fold ministry from Ephesians 4 (apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds, and teacher), and its significance for the missional movement. It explores how the apostolic ministry facilitates ongoing renewal in the life of the church and focuses on leadership in relation to missional innovation and entrepreneurship.The authors examine the nature of organization as reframed through the lens of apostolic ministry.

  • Shows how to view the world through a biblical perspective and continue the "permanent revolution" that Jesus started
  • Outlines the essential characteristics of apostolic movement and how to restructure the church and ministry to be more consistent with them
  • Alan Hirsch is a leading voice in the missional movement of the Christian West

This groundbreaking book integrates theology, sociology, and leadership to further define the apostolic movement.

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The Permanent Revolution The Permanent Revolution is an original work of theological re–imagination and re–construction that draws from biblical studies, theology, organizational theory, leadership studies, and key social sciences. The book elaborates on the apostolic role rooted in the five–fold ministry from Ephesians 4 (apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds, and teachers), and its significance for the missional movement. Throughout the book, the authors propose a revolutionary missional ecclesiology that is shaped by the New Testament account of apostolic imagination, ministry, and strategy. The aim is to reclaim the ministry by which the church is to remain centered on its calling to be the instrument of God′s mission, and that everything it is and does ought to relate to and demonstrate that calling. To (re)capture the practice of apostolicity, the authors explore how the apostolic ministry facilitates ongoing renewal in the life of the church and focus on leadership in relation to missional innovation and entrepreneurship. They examine the nature of organization as reframed through the lens of apostolic ministry and explore how apostolic leadership provides new and missionally creative ways forward. The Permanent Revolution is filled with challenging concepts and is replete with innovative ideas. Rather than providing a prescriptive model for leadership, it offers spiritual prods and suggestive thought experiments that are designed to stimulate imagination as well as action. If faithful leaders are to take up the work of ministry as laid out in the New Testament, this book offers a significant pathway to help equip them to better fulfill their mission.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2780 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (6 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006V87AM6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, provocative and helpful 1 Nov 2012
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A helpful contribution to the conversation that, although written from an American context, certainly has relevance for the church in the UK.
Hirsch and Catchim argue that after 1700 years of Christendom the Church needs to re-establish the fivefold ministries of apostle, prophet, evangelist, shepherd, and teacher. They:
* focus especially on the Church's need to recover apostolic imagination and practice
* point out the need for a reformulation of `...the ways that we think about church and the ways that we envision ministry and leadership'
* articulate their desire to liberate minds and vocations
* highlight the need to change the game.
They are also unapologetic about their provocative vision and, although their work is scholarly and highly nuanced, no one would expect a book with the word `revolution' in the title to be awash with gentle suggestions or to shy away from confrontation with established institutions. Hirsch and Catchim say, 'If entrepreneurial effort is only sporadic, then serious systemic missional change is unlikely'. While I love the Church and trust the God who is able to breathe life into barren places, I also see the need for 'experimental forms being heartily owned by the broader system'. In this sense (and in my own context) Hirsch and Catchim's work is a useful spur to ongoing efforts in the direction of paradigmatic change!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars possibly ground breaking 1 Oct 2012
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A very very good book. Accessible and inspirational. This clears away the clutter around Apostles today. I have "grown up in an Apostolic movement of churches". The truth is that deep down these Apostles looked, spoke, and acted more like Episkipos Bishops or big cheese pastors. None of them in my time had personally planted a church. Some had crossed culture but quickly got back on the plane again. In fact as I looked in they seemed to spend all their time with leaders or conferences or fire fighting in existing churches.
This book sorts out the clutter, defines the terms, and helps to bring clarity to what is the greatest need to missional movements in the world, leadership that protects DNA and breaks new ground.
A must read for any missiologist ... My only sad point is that I wish he could write it again for the academic fieldas most missiologists are in the making and universities want things at peer level.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 12 Sep 2012
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This is an astonishing work: stimulating, challenging and hugely insightful.

The authors have focussed attention on the key gifts required for the church and drawn insights for each characteristic that were most insightful and illuminating. These are then interwove in ways that make a compelling argument and one that I hope will be adopted by all churches so that they can become truly effective and vibrant communities for the growth and living out of the Kingdom of God.

The authors write with an excellent, approachable style with considerable depth of thought and reason. I often found it hard to read more than a few pages at a time because there was so much substance to digest.

Hugely recommended. (I have both Kindle and hardback)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book for a range of contexts 14 May 2012
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just finished Hirsh and Catchim "The Permanent Revolution- Apostolic Imagination and Practice for the 21st Century Church" and have to say it is a really good read. It is very accessible, and is peppered with a good range of examples, honest personal experiences, and diagram/charts. As a trainer, educator, writer and practitioner there is lots of really useful stuff for all disciplines I find myself moving between. I can many of the diagrams making their way into my presentations, as they are succinct and accessible.

The book draws on a range of theological, biblical, cultural and organisational texts to explore the APEST (Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Shepherd and Teacher), and in particular the Apostle role in the missional shift we are in and the challenges presenting the current church. There are a good range of challenges to the thinking and practical ways to apply the concepts used.

I really like the interaction between organistional theory and how they explore the state of the current church in the introductions and later the use of systems and movement theory which has some important stuff to stay to the emerging project.

On the downside much of the stuff I had come across before, I first came across Fractal theory in the early 90s and have been using it ever since, the work around imagination will be familiar to people who know Brueggemann, the contextualistion / missio dei work is rooted in Bosch and earlier writers, you can see John V Taylor peppered through the book, as are BEC's rooted in liberation theology where many of the current ideas around missional communities come from. However to have it all in one place and set against the current context so well is excellent.
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apostolic movement involves a radical community of disciples, centered on the lordship of Jesus, empowered by the Spirit, built squarely on a fivefold ministry, organized around mission where everyone (not just professionals) is considered an empowered agent, and tends to be decentralized in organizational structure. &quote;
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A missional church is a church that defines itself, and organizes its life around its real purpose as an agent of God’s mission to the world. In other words, the church’s true and authentic organizing principle is mission. Therefore when the church is in mission, it is the true church. The church itself is not only a product of that mission but is obligated and destined to extend it by whatever means possible. The mission of God flows directly through every believer and every community of faith that adheres to Jesus. &quote;
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Especially crucial for the missional ecclesiology today is the recovery of the apostolic function in the church. &quote;
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