Missional Communities: The Rise of the Post-Congregational Church
August 2011, Jossey-Bass
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.
Foreword by Hugh Halter xiii
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
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