Breaking the Missional Code: Your Church Can Become a Missionary in Your Community
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Breaking the Missional Code by Ed Stetzer and David Putman is a call for churches in the United States to act among their communities as missionaries would in a foreign land. For the message of Jesus Christ is still foreign to many who stand in the shadows of American steeples. As our approach to outreach changes, so can countless lives in our own backyards.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 244
Vendor: B&H Academic
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.67 (inches)
ISBN: 0805443592
ISBN-13: 9780805443592

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Across North America, many pastors are excited to see churches growing as they achieve their mission to connect the message of the gospel with the community at large. Still others are equally frustrated, following the exact same model for outreach but with lesser results. Indeed, just because a "missional breakthrough" occurs in one place doesn’t mean it will happen the same way elsewhere.

One size does not fit all, but there are cultural codes that must be broken for all churches to grow and remain effective in their specific mission context. Breaking the Missional Code provides expert insight on church culture and church vision casting, plus case studies of successful missional churches impacting their communities.

"We have to recognize there are cultural barriers (in addition to spiritual ones) that blind people from understanding the gospel," the authors write. "Our task is to find the right way to break through those cultural barriers without removing the spiritual and theological ones."

Author Bio

Ed Stetzer has planted churches in New York, Pennsylvania, and Georgia and transitioned declining churches in Indiana and Georgia. He has trained pastors and church planters on five continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written dozens of articles and books. Ed is a columnist for Outreach Magazine and Catalyst Monthly, serves on the advisory council of Sermon Central and Christianity Today's Building Church Leaders, and is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USAToday and CNN.

Ed is Visiting Professor of Research and Missiology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Visiting Research Professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has taught at fifteen other colleges and seminaries.  He also serves on the Church Services Team at the International Mission Board.

Ed is currently interim teaching pastor of First Baptist Church of Hendersonville, TN.

Ed’s primary role is President of LifeWay Research and LifeWay’s Missiologist in Residence.

He has written the following books:

·   Breaking the Missional Code (w/ David Putman, 2006),
·   Comeback Churches (with Mike Dodson, 2007),
·   11 Innovations in the Local Church (with Elmer Towns and Warren Bird, 2007), and

David Putman is executive pastor at Mountain Lake Church, which is located just outside Atlanta, Georgia.

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    Stetzer and Putman have broght forward a highly necessary contribution to the missional conversation. There is some time spent offering a general definition of the "missional" model but specifically the writing focus is on becoming a ministry that actually reaches the people in their community. The recent history of the church growth and church health movements are covered in an even-handed manner presenting both high and low points. Some of the issues dealt with are sore issues among evangelicals and will cause strong reactions on both sides without doubt. There is a fine line here regarding the emergent models that Stetzer refuses to cross. Bravo! One of the few books available that doesn't get sucked into the emergent debate or fall into the trap of advocating a specific model. Clearly his goal is to assist church leaders in how they can become more effective missionaries in their communities. Having read all of Stetzer's works I consider this the most vital as it constanly points the reader to the Scripture rather than to another survey or model.
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    This book is highly Emergent Church philosophy, and thus is unbiblical. Since the basis of the book is incorrect, I do not find any of the book useful.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    June 8, 2006
    Breaking The Missional Code is a balanced perspective on building a biblical church ministry and is must-reading for anyone striving to reach their communities for Christ while at the same time struggling to understand where they may be going wrong. It will also be helpful for those who are suspicious of contemporary church models and fear they are all watering down the faith or discarding critical doctrines. It is an important book that seeks to reach beyond our tendencies to expect everyone to do ministry the way one person or group thinks it should be done. With recommendations from such diverse leaders as Rick Warren, Dan Kimball, and Mark Driscoll, the authors have surveyed the landscape of evangelical America and pulled together biblical and missional components from both contemporary and traditional models of various denominations and geographies. And they demonstrate that reaching people for Christ doesnt have to be devoid of either sound theology or contemporary applications. Those who have done ministry by the Purpose Driven book or the Willow Creek book and failed will find encouragement in Stetzer and Putmans exhortations to do ministry by The Book, not by following fads and trends or by implementing church models that reach specific demographics in Barrington, Illinois, or Orange County, California, but by digging deeper into the community to determine the unique cultural obstacles in their respective communities and then communicating the gospel in a way that doesnt create non-biblical barriers to people receiving and understanding the gospel.
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