Shaped by God's Heart The Passion and Practices of Missional Churches

ISBN-10: 0787971111
ISBN-13: 9780787971113
Edition: 2004
Authors: Milfred Minatrea
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Description: Discover the tools to create a new kind of church and move from merely surviving to thriving. Drawing on an extensive two-year field study of 200 churches from a variety of denominations and geographic regions, Milfred Minatrea--a missiologist,  More...

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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/12/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Discover the tools to create a new kind of church and move from merely surviving to thriving. Drawing on an extensive two-year field study of 200 churches from a variety of denominations and geographic regions, Milfred Minatrea--a missiologist, urban strategist and practioner in minister--presents the best practices for re-energizing Christian spirituality in a congregational setting. He provides readers with the tools for assessing their congregation's position on the continuum between maintenance and mission and for determining the actions that will move them toward becoming a missional community. He also outlines key strategies that successful churches have used to become relevant in a postmodern society without losing what is distinctly Christian in their spiritual practices. Milfred Minatrea (Irving, TX) is Director of the Missional Church Center for the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Preface: A Personal Letter to the Reader
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Sending the Church into the World
The Church in a New and Changing World
From Maintenance to Missional: The Church in a World of Change
Be Church and Be Changed: How Missional Churches Live Their Passion
The Nine Essential Practices of Missional Churches
Missional Practice Number One: Have a High Threshold for Membership
Missional Practice Number Two: Be Real, Not Real Religious
Missional Practice Number Three: Teach to Obey Rather Than to Know
Missional Practice Number Four: Rewrite Worship Every Week
Missional Practice Number Five: Live Apostolically
Missional Practice Number Six: Expect to Change the World
Missional Practice Number Seven: Order Actions According to Purpose
Missional Practice Number Eight: Measure Growth by Capacity to Release, Not Retain
Missional Practice Number Nine: Place Kingdom Concerns First
Structures and Strategies for Becoming Missional
They Run Rapids in Rubber Rafts: Church Structures That Can Survive the Rapids of Cultural Change
Seeing Beyond the Horizon: The Nature and Task of Missional Leadership
Moving to Missional: Becoming a New Kind of Church
Missional Church Cultural Assessment
Notes
About Leadership Network
The Author

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