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

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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
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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 www.leadnet.org.

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  1. Robbie Pruitt
    Port-au-Prince, Haiti
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An excellent book about a healthy future church
    June 10, 2014
    Robbie Pruitt
    Port-au-Prince, Haiti
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 4

    Reggie McNeal’s book, The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church, addresses the need for the church to move from program driven buildings and bureaucracy back to missional service and disciple making.

    In this book, McNeal looks at how the church has been inwardly focused and more like a “club” with a “club mentality”, seeking its own good and interests above the mission of reaching the unsaved and those who are “outside the club.” The local church has become something that is antiquated and far removed from its life giving vitality of mission and service toward dead ritualistic programs and facilities.

    It has been said that the church is the only organization that exists for its non-members. McNeal asserts, in so many words, that this is no longer the case concerning the church in North America. We, the church, have become more inwardly focused and have done less and less for those who we should be reaching out to in selfless service, evangelism and discipleship. As the church, we must move away from the “country club” mindset and move back toward our mission—people.

    The future of the church lies in the present. The old ways no longer work for a new generation with a differing culture and a diversity of need. Old models of ministry and church are ceasing to function and work as they once did. New methods of relationships and decentralization must be put into action. Disciples must be made and leadership must be developed and sent out.

    The church is not something we go to, the church is who we are in the world. We must move from an attractional model of church buildings and programs, with the idea of “if we build it, they will come” and move toward being a people who integrate our faith into our work and into every area of our lives. We must be the church in “the present future.”

    In The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church, Reggie McNeal addresses six serious topics, which include the following: The church culture, as we know it, is over; we must move from church growth models to kingdom growth thinking and initiative; a new reformation will begin once the church releases equipped people into the world for mission; spiritual formation and development must be at the heartbeat of the church; church leaders must move from planning to preparation so they will be equipped for every good work; and finally, church leaders need to be trained and equipped, not to do programing, but to do mission, and to be missional, as sent people into the world.

    The Present Future is an excellent book for anyone in church and ministry leadership. This book is relevant in addressing real concerns with the current state of the church and is motivational and inspirational in addressing real issues with real solutions of mission and focus.

  2. pastorkarend
    Nova Scotia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An honest evaluation of North American church
    December 26, 2013
    pastorkarend
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    Not only does McNeal show us what is really going on in our churches, but is brutally honest about it and shows us the ways in which church as we know has to change.

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    Mona
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    An excellent resource for every leader serious about the Great Commission

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