The Ministry of the Missional Church : A Community Led by the Spirit.

By: VAN GELDER, CRAIG .

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In a time when churches are focusing on finding strategies and techniques to guarantee success, a movement toward the missional church is emerging. Missional churches are communities created by the Spirit with a unique nature and identity. Purpose and strategies of the church are derivative dimensions, the activities that flow naturally from the church that is focused on Spirit-led ministry. The Ministry of the Missional Church leads pastors, ministry leaders, and laypersons through three simple arguments???the church is; the church does what it is; the church organizes what it does???in order to make sense of how missional churches work. And by focusing the work of the church as the work of the Triune God, this unique book will change the way readers think about the church and the world. [Publisher] Join the missional church conversation There - 's a different kind of church conversation going on these days - ?one that moves beyond just focusing on purpose, strategies, or recovering early church practices. Craig Van Gelder argues that understanding the nature of the church is foundational for clarifying the purpose of the church and for developing and organizing its ministry. Moving beyond methods and techniques to create or sustain church growth, Van Gelder shows that when a church is focused on Spirit-led ministry, growth and development are the natural outcome. The Ministry of the Missional Church brings together theology and organizational theory in a way that inspires biblical and theological imagination about how to let the church be the church - ?a Spirit-led, missional community that seeks to participate fully in God - 's mission in its particular place in the world. - ?Van Gelder is a master at mapping the history of social structures and ideas. Here he applies that mastery to the missional activities and organizational structures of the church, framing the complex of dynamics in which leadership and decision making take place. This is an important resource for anyone who cares about the future of congregations in America. - - - George R. Hunsberger, professor of congregational mission, Western Theological Seminary ?'This is no mere - ?cookbook - ? for effective ministry, nor is it a ?'self-help manual - ? for struggling ministers. It is rather a richly biblical and theological meditation on how the church should minister to the world, and how ministers should minister in the church. Craig Van Gelder skillfully joins the best theology with the best organizational theory in away that will help leaders lead and congregations grow. His book takes us to the next level in understanding what it is to be a missional church. - - 'Stephen Bevans, Louis J. Luzbatek, SVD Professor of Mission and Culture, Catholic Theological Union Craig Van Gelder serves as professor of congregational mission at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of The Essence of the Church and the editor of Confident Witness - ?Changing World. [Publisher]

Title: The Ministry of the Missional Church : A Community Led by the Spirit.

Author: VAN GELDER, CRAIG .

Categories: Other,

Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan:, Baker Books,: 2007.

ISBN Number: 080109139X

ISBN Number 13: 9780801091391

Binding: Softbound

Condition: Fine

Seller ID: 139483