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Missional Communities: The Rise of the Post-Congregational Church

ISBN: 978-0-470-63345-8
192 pages
September 2011, Jossey-Bass
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The third book in the trilogy that explores the popular missional movement

From Reggie McNeal, the bestselling author of The Present Future and Missional Renaissance, comes the third book in the series that helps to define and illuminate the popular missional movement. This newest book in the trilogy examines a natural outgrowth of the move toward a missional orientation: the deconstruction of congregations into very small Christian communities. For all those thousands of churches and leaders who have followed Reggie McNeal's bold lead, this book details the rise of a new life form in churches.

  • Discusses how to move a church from an internal to an external ministry focus
  • Reggie McNeal is a recognized leader in the missional movement
  • Outlines an alternative to the program church model that is focused on the projects and passions of the congregants

This book draws on McNeal's twenty years of leadership roles in local congregations and his work over the last decade with thousands of clergy and church leaders.

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Table of Contents

About the Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series xi

Foreword by Hugh Halter xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction xix

1 ‘‘Let There Be . . . Missional Communities’’ 1

2 The Missional Church Conversation 15

3 Missional Communities—European Style 39

4 Soma Communities: Missional Communities as Organizing Architecture 65

5 Campus Renewal UT: Missional Communities as Campus Evangelism Strategy 85

6 Future Travelers: Missional Communities as Megachurch Strategy 103

7 Mission Houston: Missional Communities for Spiritual Formation and Community Transformation 125

8 Looking Ahead 145

About the Author 155

Index 157

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Author Information

Reggie McNeal is the missional leadership specialist for Leadership Network. Drawing on twenty years of leadership roles in local congregations and his work over the last two decades with thousands of clergy and church leaders, McNeal counsels local churches, denominational groups, seminaries and colleges, and parachurch organizations in their leadership development needs.

Leadership Network, a division of OneHundredX, seeks to accelerate the impact of 100X leaders. Since 1996, Leadership Network Publications has presented thoroughly researched and practical concepts from leading thinkers, practitioners, and pioneering churches. www.leadnet.org

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Press Release

December 06, 2011
Missional Communities: The Rise of the Post-Congregational Church

Missional Communities: The Rise of the

 Post-Congregational Church

The missional movement has been at the forefront of many Churches’ conversations for the past few years, and best-selling author Reggie McNeal has been the go-to source to help explain what some claim, “the biggest development in Christianity since the Reformation.”  Now McNeal is back with the third book in the trilogy that’s been helping to define and illuminate this popular movement.  MISSIONAL COMMUNITIES (Wiley, Jossey Bass Imprint; Sept 2011;978-1-118-10182-7;$24.95), which examines the natural outgrowth of the move toward a missional orientation: the deconstruction of congregations into very small Christian communities.

For all those thousands of churches and leaders who have followed McNeal's bold lead, this book details the rise of a new life form in churches.  Drawing on his twenty years of leadership roles in local congregations and his work over the last decade with thousands of clergy and church leaders, MISSIONAL COMMUNITIES  discusses how to move a church from an internal to an external ministry focus.  It outlines an alternative to the program church model that is focused on projects and passions of the congregants.

“Missional church is not about ‘doing church’ better – at least, not the way we’ve ‘done church’ in North America,” McNeal says.  “It’s about developing communities that helps people to see all of life as a way to be engaged with the mission of God in the world.”

MISSIONAL COMMUNITIES  will help all those who read it to learn how new forms of post-congregational life are rising up, creating  groups of people who want to serve others with their faith, not just go to church for a weekly set of spiritual goods and services.

 

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