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Roxburgh & Boren on Church Transformation

Posted by Mark Lau Branson on January 5, 2012

In their book Introducing the Missional Church: What it is, Why it matters, How to become one, Alan Roxburgh and M. Scott Boren  provide what Ryan Bolger calls “the very best on the missional church.”  For over 10 years, and most notably since Darrel Guder edited The Missional Church (Eerdmans, 1998), churches, seminaries, and denominational execs have been discussing the reasons for and approaches to engaging North America as a mission field. Some voices continue to offer the usual array of magic programs, strategic plans, and romantic ideals — but pastors quickly see that these lack theological depth,  significant cultural analysis, or an understanding of how cultural change occurs within an organization. Roxburgh and Boren instead walk us through the profound cultural changes that shape our new landscape — then they lead us to rethink how churches can participate with God’s initiatives in our contexts. With this book as background, I’d then recommend The Ministry of the Missional Church by Craig Van Gelder,  The Missional Leader by Alan Roxburgh and Fred Romanuk, and Missional: Joining God in the Neighborhood by Roxburgh.

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