On the Verge A Journey into the Apostolic Future of the Church

ISBN-10: 0310331005
ISBN-13: 9780310331001
Edition: 2011
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List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Zondervan Books
Publication date: 5/2/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

The church is on the verge of some tremendous changes. Contemporary church growth has been a blessing to the church, but typical church growth programs will not take us to the next level of mis-sional growth and involvement. Despite real gains, the church growth movement has failed to stem the decline of Christianity and the shrinking of the Western church. Existing churches will likely reach no more than 40% of the US population. What we need is not more churches, doing the same things. We need a different kind of church. In every existing form of the contemporary church---from the mega, to the multi and the incarna-tional---we are witnessing changes and finding churches that take the idea of mission seriously. Successful church leaders are using their existing forms and assets as platforms to launch more flu-id, adaptive, and missional people-movements. In this book, Hirsch and Ferguson will help you dis-cover how the insights of these leaders are launching a new apostolic movement---and how your church can get involved.

Foreword
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
On the Verge of the Future (Alan and Dave)
Catalysts for Ecclesiological Shift
Dethroning Constantine
Verging the Church: Key Themes
A Model for Apostolic Movement
Imagine
The Silver Imagination (Alan)
It's Church, but Not As "We Know It
Changing the Game
The Verge-ination: Reimagining Church in Apostolic Perspective
An Imaginative Solution
Dave's Response to "The Silver Imagination"
Mission to the Mind and Heart (Alan)
What Got You Here Won't Get You There
Changing the Conversation
A Tithe to the Lord
From Here to There, Funny Things Are Everywhere
Dream On …
Dave's Response to "Mission to the Mind and Heart"
Part 2-Shift
Apostolic Genius: The Genetic Code of Movement (Alan)
Apostolic Genius
A Mindset, Not a Technique
Dave's Response to "Apostolic Genius: The Genetic Code of Movement"
Verge Vibe: The Operating System of Apostolic Movement (Alan)
Ethos As Pivot
The Turning Point: Aligning Ethos with Paradigm
Dave's Response to "Verge Vibe: The Operating System of Apostolic Movement"
Embodying Movement-Programming Practices (Alan)
Inside Out and Outside In
Acting Our Way into a New Way of Thinking (Outside-In Change)
From Core Values to Core Practices
Getting Into the Swing of Things
Examples of Verge Practices
Overview of Verge Process
Dave's Response to "Embodying Movement-Programming Practices"
Innovate
Innovate or Die (Dave)
Crisis Is the Birthplace of Innovation
Necessity, the Mother of Innovation
Innovation: Most Risky or Least Risky?
Imagination x Implementation = Innovation
Leadership That Values and Practices Innovation
Alan's Response to "Innovate or Die"
Out-of-the-Box Innovation (Dave)
Nine Characteristics of Out-of-the-Box Cultures
Process for Creating Out-of-the-Box Culture
Alan's Response to "Out-of-the-Box Innovation"
Move
Gaining Missional Momentum (Dave)
The Solution: Apostolic Movement
On the Verge of Movementum
A Categorization of Movement
Gaining Missional Momentum through the Verge Process
The Flywheel
Alan's Response to "Gaining Missional Momentum"
The Making of an Apostolic Movement (Dave)
Movement Blink
Eight Movement Rules
Alan's Response to "The Making of an Apostolic Movement"
Final Thoughts (Alan and Dave)
Appendix: Church Profiles
Notes
Resources for Verging the Church

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