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Church Unique: How Missional Leaders Cast Vision, Capture Culture, and Create Movement

Will Mancini, Max Lucado (Foreword by)
ISBN: 978-0-470-43534-2
304 pages
June 2010, Jossey-Bass
Church Unique: How Missional Leaders Cast Vision, Capture Culture, and Create Movement (0470435348) cover image
Written by church consultant Will Mancini expert on a new kind of visioning process to help churches develop a stunningly unique model of ministry that leads to redemptive movement. He guides churches away from an internal focus to emphasize participation in their community and surrounding culture. In this important book, Mancini offers an approach for rethinking what it means to lead with clarity as a visionary. Mancini explains that each church has a culture that reflects its particular values, thoughts, attitudes, and actions and shows how church leaders can unlock their church's individual DNA and unleash their congregation's one-of-a-kind potential.
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About Leadership Network.

Foreword.

Introduction.

PART ONE: RECASTING VISION.

1. Unoriginal Sin: Neglecting Uniqueness.

2. The Fall of Strategic Planning: Obscuring the Essence.

3. The Iniquity of Church Growth: Caging the Kingdom.

4. Lost Congregations: How Churches Adapt to the Vision Vacuum.

PART TWO: CLARIFYING VISION.

5. The Good News of Clarity: Why Believe in Vision Today?.

6. Clarity Pre-Evangelism: Softening Your Heart for Clarity.

7. The Alpha and Omega of Clarity: The Ultimate Source of Vision.

8. Hear the Cloud of Witnesses: Learning from Vision Legacies.

9. Discover Your Kingdom Concept: How to Ascertain Vision.

10. Take a Closer Look: Navigating Your Discovery Process.

PART THREE: ARTICULATING VISION.

11. See with New Eyes: Defining Your Vision Frame.

12. Carry the Holy Orders: Mission as Missional Mandate.

13. Feel the Common Heartbeat: Values as Missional Motives.

14. Show Me the Way: Strategy as Missional Map.

15. Talk the Walk: Measures as Missional Life Marks.

16. Frame the Future: Preparing for a Vision Lifestyle.

17. Speak with New Tongues: Articulating Vision Proper.

PART FOUR: ADVANCING VISION.

18. Wage War Against the Status Quo: From Articulation to Traction.

19. Meet Long in the Upper Room: The Secret of Attunement.

20. Transform the Future: Delivering Vision Daily.

PARTING THOUGHTS.

21. Resurrect Your Uniqueness: If You Copy Someone Else?s Vision, Who Will Accomplish Yours?.

Appendix A Logos and Strategy Icon Examples.

Appendix B Vision Path Examples.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

Index.

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Will Mancini, a former pastor, is the founder of Auxano, a national consulting group that works with traditional and emerging churches and ministries of all types around the country. Their mission is to navigate leaders through growth challenges with vision clarity (auxano.com).

About Leadership Network
The mission of Leadership Network identifies and connects innovative church leaders, providing them with resources in the form of new ideas, people, and tools. Contact Leadership Network at www.leadnet.org.

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"[Mancini] gives a compelling rationale for the church to move on and accompanies this rationale with instructive support and church-wide challenge. All mission boards and vestries would benefit from the materials contained therein."
—The Rev. Jeffrey A. Mackey, The Living Church magazine (Sept. 2008)

Mancini (founder, Auxano consulting group) believes that all churches need not be megachurches like Willowcreek (IL) or Saddleback (CA). Here, he avoids a mere discussion of churches worthy of emulation and further crosses denominational lines, having himself worked alongside Baptists, Methodists, Lutherans, and others. Mancini eschews the title consultant , preferring instead vision navigator . In short, he helps leaders focus on their own unique cultures and congregational fingerprints. Once churches grasp that they are one of a kind-much like galaxies, fossils, DNA, and sandbanks-they can then, Mancini writes, unleash their full potential. The book, complete with an appendix as well as logos and icons illustrating various churches' visionary thinking, is strengthened by numerous flow charts, diagrams, graphics, and pithy quotes. It has the potential to unseat Rick Warren's The Purpose-Driven Church  in popularity. Yet academic libraries may want to pass on this title for its admitted lack of supporting empirical evidence. Public libraries, on the other hand, would be wise to purchase a copy. With a foreword by inspirational giant Max Lucado.
—C. Brian Smith, Arlington Heights Memorial Lib., IL (Library Journal, May 1, 2008)

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