The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church  -     By: Reggie McNeal
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The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church

Jossey-Bass / 2009 / Paperback

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Today's consumer-oriented trends dictate, "If you build a perfect church, they'll come." But McNeal debunks that popular belief! Challenging leaders to move beyond "churchianity" to Christianity, he calls you to return to the first-century mission and focus on kingdom growth, spiritual formation, and apostolic leadership. Features numerous examples of churches emerging with renewed identity and purpose! 152 pages, softcover from Jossey-Bass.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 152
Vendor: Jossey-Bass
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 047045315X
ISBN-13: 9780470453155
Availability: In Stock
Series: Jossey-Bass Leadership Network|Leadership Network

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In this provocative book, author, consultant, and church leadership developer Reggie McNeal debunks these and other old assumptions and provides an overall strategy to help church leaders move forward in an entirely different and much more effective way. In The Present Future, McNeal identifies the six most important realities that church leaders must address including: recapturing the spirit of Christianity and replacing "church growth" with a wider vision of kingdom growth; developing disciples instead of church members; fostering the rise of a new apostolic leadership; focusing on spiritual formation rather than church programs; and shifting from prediction and planning to preparation for the challenges of an uncertain world. McNeal contends that by changing the questions church leaders ask themselves about their congregations and their plans, they can frame the core issues and approach the future with new eyes, new purpose, and new ideas.

Also available: The Present Future DVD Collection (978-0-7879-8673-5), Reggie McNeal's DVD presentation of the ideas and insights featured in his best-selling book.

Author Bio

Reggie McNeal serves as the Missional Leadership Specialist for Leadership Network of Dallas, Texas. McNeal is the author of Missional Renaissance, A Work of Heart, and Practicing Greatness from Jossey-Bass.

Leadership Network fosters church innovation and growth through strategies, programs, tools, and resources consistent with their far-reaching mission. Contact Leadership Network at

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