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The Missional Leader: Equipping Your Church to Reach a Changing World (Jossey–Bass Leadership Network Series) Hardcover – 9 May 2006
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" The Missional Leader paints a realistic picture ... of what life could look like among churches willing to enter the chaos [of the world] and make lasting change little by little." ( Christianity Today, Fall 2006)
"Alan J. Roxburgh and Fred Romanuk are two of the few people in the world today who understand how we can create an environment for the missional transformation of the church for the postmodern world. Every church leader should read this book!"
Rev. Dr. Clark D. Cowden, evangelist presbyter, Presbytery of San Joaquin, Presbyterian Church
"Discontinuous change wreaks havoc among congregations and pastors who aren t familiar with the new terrain. When it comes to navigating this new land, Roxburgh and Romanuk have my ear and gratitude. Effective, dependable, useful . . . their wisdom is helping retool our congregation for daring and robust witness. And among my students who feel change deep in their bones, both its threats and opportunities this book is a vital companion as they begin their ministries."
Chris William Erdman, senior pastor, University Presbyterian Church; adjunct faculty, MB Biblical Seminary Biblical Seminary
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Wading through the first part of the book was tough due to the specialist language. I understand this is required sometimes to accurately talk about group related trends. However, it can take the joy out of reading it as someone on the ground who just wants practical approaches I can put in place.
I felt disappointed that for the writers (and as I found out later, others also) "Missional" seems to be synonymous with "emergent". Neither of these things were defined or explained at the beginning of the book, so the book is largely about the need to change your church into an emergent church without explaining this directly, why we should or dealing with any of the issues involved. If the authors wanted to write about becoming and emergent church, that is fine and their prerogative. However, I would like the choice of deciding whether I agree with the theory and some sign posting at the beginning to show this is what the book is about before I am placed in unclear waters.
Whilst I can go along with some of the ideas, such as having discussions with the congregation about the quality of our Christian experience, the past, how to meet the needs of the community and the need for helping congregations change towards a mission orientated mindset, I cannot go along with emergent church theology. If you research it, it is comprised of various teachings which are a problem for me and will no doubt be for others. I reject the idea that to be mission orientated, you must be "emergent" in your theology but this book may lead to that for those who follow through with the shift the book initiates towards it without first making this clear.
The book could have been awesome but I feel that it was let down by the heavy leanings towards a somewhat shady theology. I so want to be a good 21st century missionary, but I felt this book wasted my time because so much of it was rather technical or plunged the reader towards the idea of becoming "emergent", assuming this was desirable, without giving them them a rationale or a choice, so the time spend on these things was not worth it for me. I am grateful for having my eyes opened about how much emergent theology is taking hold, so the book indirectly helped me. However, I spend too much time combing through passages to pick out and avoid seeds of emergent theology. In that sense, rather than helping me, reading it got in my way.
It seems authors doubt this "old" Book can help church in becoming a missional church.
According to the authors all depends on skills and competencies of human leadership.
Very technical language. No practical examples of application of this theory in real life according to the Bible.
They don't reveal it, but this book contains "emerging" church theory.