Church on the Other Side Doing Ministry in the Postmodern Matrix

ISBN-10: 0310252199
ISBN-13: 9780310252191
Edition: 2003 (Revised)
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List price: $12.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 1/9/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Brian D. McLaren is a prominent, controversial evangelical pastor. He was recognized as one of Time magazine's "25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America" in 2005, and is the founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church in Spencerville, Maryland. Born in 1956, Brian McLaren graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with BA and MA degrees in English. After several years of teaching English and consulting in higher education, he left academia in 1986 to become the founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church, a nondenominational church in the Baltimore-Washington region. Many of the books that McLaren has authored, including the "A New Kind of Christian" trilogy, deal with Christianity in the context of the cultural shift towards a new emerging church movement.

Preface
Introduction (If you have a new world, you need a new church. You have a new world)
Maximize Discontinuity (Distinguish between renewed, restored, and reinvented churches, and focus on the last)
Redefine Your Mission (Clarify and simplify to "more Christians, better Christians" in authentic missional community, for the good of the world)
Practice Systems Thinking (See the church program in terms of interrelated systems rather than quick fixes)
Trade Up Your Traditions for Tradition (Distinguish between church traditions and the Christian Tradition, and move emphasis from the former to the latter)
Resurrect Theology As Art and Science (Stop thinking of theology as a matter of technical training, in which answers are already known, and rejuvenate theology through a quest for truth and beauty)
Design a New Apologetic (Find fresh ways to communicate the gospel to the postmodern mind)
Learn a New Rhetoric (Realize that old communication patterns are less and less effective in the new world, and discover new, appropriate modes of discourse)
Abandon Structures As They are Outgrown (Adopt a new paradigm for church structure that allows for routine reengineering based on changes in size, constituency, resources, and strategy)
Save the Leaders (Recognize the terrible toll that the transition time is taking on leaders; recognize their immense value to the church at this time; help them to be "saved" for their needed work)
Subsume Missions in Mission (Understand the crisis in world missions, and help launch a new missionary movement)
Look Ahead, Farther Ahead (Anchor your hope in the future rather than the past, and explore a new eschatology)
Enter the Postmodern World--Part A: Understand It (Understand postmodernism, and learn to see it from the inside)
Enter the Postmodern World--Part B: Engage It (Engage postmodernism, and maximize the opportunities it presents)
Enter the Postmodern World--Part C: Get Ready for Revolution (Prepare to de-bug your faith from the viruses of modernity)
Add to This List (Help your church become a learning organization that discovers and implements its own new strategies)
Strategy Specifics
Notes
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