Forgotten Ways Reactivating the Missional Church

ISBN-10: 1587431645

ISBN-13: 9781587431647

Edition: 2006

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Description: Alan Hirsch is convinced that the inherited formulas for growing the Body of Christ do not work anymore. And rather than relying on slightly revised solutions from the past, he sees a vision of the future growth of the church coming about by harnessing the power of the early church, which grew from as few as 25,000 adherents in AD 100 to up to 20 million in AD 310. Such incredible growth is also being experienced today in the church in China and other parts of the world. How do they do it?The Forgotten Ways explores the concept of Apostolic Genius as a way to understand what caused the church to expand at various times in history, interpreting it for use in our own time and place. From the theological underpinnings to the practical application, Hirsch takes the reader through this dynamic mixture of passion, prayer, and incarnational practice to rediscover the dormant potential of the modern church in the West.

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List price: $21.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Brazos Press
Publication date: 4/1/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 295
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Alan Hirsch is the founding Director of Forge Mission Training Network. He is the co-founder of shapevine.com, an international forum for engaging with world transforming ideas. He leads Future Travelers, a learning journey applying missional-incarnational approaches to established churches and is an active participant in The Tribe of LA, a Jesus community among artists and creatives in Los Angeles.Known for his innovative approach to mission, Hirsch is a teacher and key mission strategist for churches across the western world. His popular book The Shaping of Things to Come (with Michael Frost) is widely considered to be a seminal text on mission. Alan's recent book The Forgotten Ways, has quickly become a key reference for missional thinking, particularly as it relates to movements. His book ReJesus is a radical restatement about the role that Jesus plays in defining missional movements. Untamed, his latest book (with his wife Debra) is about missional discipleship for a missional church.His experience in leadership includes leading a local church movement among the marginalized as well as heading up the Mission and Revitalization work of his denomination. Hirsch is an adjunct professor at Fuller Seminary and lectures frequently throughout Australia, Europe, and the U.S.

Foreword
The Making of a Missionary
Introduction
A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Question
A Sneak Preview
Method in the Madness
Setting the Scene, Part 1: Confessions of a Frustrated Missionary
"South"
From Death to Chaos
Becoming a Church-Planting Church
From a Church to an Organic Movement
Setting the Scene, Part 2: Denominational and Translocal Perspectives
A View from the Chopper
Christendom-schmissendom
A Missionary's Take
We've Always Done It This Way...er...Haven't We?
"It's Church, Jim, but Not as We Know It"
Who Put the M in the EMC?
A Journey to the Heart of Apostolic Genius
Introduction
The Heart of It All: Jesus Is Lord
Distilling the Message
Hear, O Israel
Jesus Is Lord
The Heart of Things
How Far Is Too Far?
Disciple Making
"Little Jesus" in Disneyland
The Conspiracy of "Little Jesus"
Embodiment and Transmission
Inspirational Leadership
Leadership as an Extension of Discipleship
Hitting the Road with Jesus
Missional-Incarnational Impulse
Theological Roots
Missional-Incarnational
Missional Ecclesiology or...Putting First Things First
Apostolic Environment
If You Want Missional Church, Then...
An Apostolic Job Description
Field of Dreams
Creating Webs of Meaning
A Stroke of (Apostolic) Genius
The Final Word
Organic Systems
Get a Life: The Church as a Living System
The Problem of Institutions
A Movement Ethos
Networked Structures
Viruslike Growth
Let's Talk about Sex
Finally
Communitas, Not Community
"The Community for me"? or "Me for the Community"?
Liminality and Communitas
The Bible and Communitas
It's Everywhere! It's Everywhere!
The Mythos of Communitas
Artificial Environments and the Church
The Future and the Shaping of Things to Come
Mission as Organizing Principle
Beyond the Either-Or Church
So, Follow the Yellow Brick Road
Conclusion
Addendum and Glossary: A Crash Course in Chaos
We Just Got a New Set of Spectacles
Changing the Story
Survival Is Not Enough
How, Then, Shall We Live?
Come Forth! A Case Study in Emergent Structures
Glossary of Key Terms
Bibliography
Index
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