The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church   -     By: Alan Hirsch
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The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church

Brazos Press / 2006 / Paperback

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How did the number of Christians in the world grow from as few as 25,000 one hundred years after Christ's death, to up to 20 million in AD 310? How did the Chinese underground chu rch grow from 2 million to over 100 million in sixty years despite considerable opposition? In The Forgotten Ways, Alan Hirsch reveals the paradigmatic insights he discovered as he delved into those questions.
Hirsch identifies six latent potencies in God's people that lie dormant and forgotten until something catalytic prompts the rediscovery of them. These elements are clearly seen in the church during times of phenomenal growth and impact, but he suggests that they are actually always present and can be reactivated to create apostolic movement. Church leaders, strategists, seminary professors, and students will benefit from Hirsch's discoveries and his ability to put those ideas to work in contemporary churches and ministries.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Brazos Press
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1587431645
ISBN-13: 9781587431647
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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.

Author Bio

Alan Hirsch is the founding director of Forge Mission Training Network. His experience includes mission and church planting to the marginalized as well as leading at the denominational level. He is coauthor of The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st-Century Church.

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  1. Paul Powell
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    February 1, 2010
    Paul Powell
    Great content. The concepts described here are fantastic, but I do find it a little bit of a tough read with a lot of footnotes and higher level more theoretical concepts.
  2. David R. Bess
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    November 16, 2007
    David R. Bess
    This title is the best I have read yet on the missions church concept. While it is not an easy read, it does provides a multitude of insights on what it means for the church to go beyond the four walls of the church. Hirsch begins by defining the true missionary spirit of being a follower of Jesus Christ. He describes how the dawn of the age of Christendom stifled that spirit, and how the church has suffered enormously as a result. He then speaks of "Apostolic Genius" and "Communitas," two phenomenons both rooted in the early, New Testament church prior to Christendom.This book is a great read. Just be forewarned: it will shake to the core the traditional, "attractional" way of doing church!
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