Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America
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Edited By: Darrell L. Guder
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In this post-Christian era, the focus of the North American church centers on the maintenance of the institution rather than on God's mission. In this timely volume, six missiologists examine the church's loss of dominance in today's culture. Presenting a biblically based theology, they challenge the church to recover its missional vocation---here in North America. 288 pages, softcover from Eerdmans.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 1998
Dimensions: 9 X 6 X 1 (inches)
ISBN: 0802843506
ISBN-13: 9780802843500
Series: Gospel and Our Culture

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What would a theology of the Church look like that took seriously the fact that North America is now itself a mission field? This question lies at the foundation of this volume written by an ecumenical team of six noted missiologists—Lois Barrett, Inagrace T. Dietterich, Darrell L. Guder, George R. Hunsberger, Alan J. Roxburgh, and Craig Van Gelder.

The result of a three-year research project undertaken by The Gospel and Our Culture Network, this book issues a firm challenge for the church to recover its missional call right here in North America, while also offering the tools to help it do so.

The authors examine North America’s secular culture and the church’s loss of dominance in today’s society. They then present a biblically based theology that takes seriously the church’s missional vocation and draw out the consequences of this theology for the structure and institutions of the church.

Author Bio

Darrell L. Guder is Henry Winters Luce Chair of Missional and Ecumenical Theology and Dean-elect at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Editorial Reviews

Academy of Parish ClergyTop Ten Books of the Year (1999)

Missiology
"This stimulating volume challenges its readers to re-examine two fundamental concepts: their understanding of the nature of the church and their understanding of mission. . . This book is a must-read not only for missiologists but also for pastors and anyone interested in the renewal and revitalization of the church as it enters a new millennium."

Interpretation
"This is a book worthy of study and consideration, especially for those who take seriously the changes that have impacted culture and church in North America. It is a provocative work that pleads for significant renewal of 'Communities of the Holy Spirit' in face of established institutions that have become accommodated to the American way of life."

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  2. David R. Bess
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    September 22, 2007
    David R. Bess
    Guder provides here a good introduction to missional theology and ecclesiology. While not for the casual reader or average church layperson, this book does provide fascinating scholarly insights into the depth of the missional church movement. Guder serves as the general editor, compiling together a number of authors' thoughts on various aspects of missional theology and ecclesiology. Topics include: missional church, missional witness, missional community, missional leadership and missional structures.<br /><br />This volume is deep and academic in tone, but for the pastor or scholar wanting to get a better understanding of the missional church movement today. It will not disappoint.
  3. Mark Strickland
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    April 9, 2002
    Mark Strickland
    As a member of the post-modern generation, I found this book to be more well suited to those who do not understand post-modern thinking and are looking for mission strategies for today's North American Culture. I also found that the Chapter on the Holy Spirit, although very informative, did not integrate the connection between the Spirit and Missional outreach very well. I think that chapter in itself could make a very interesting book on its own. Finally, I found that the reading level of the book varied between the authors. This could pose a problem for people who may grasp the concepts behind some of the authors writings, but not fully grasp the concepts behind the other authors writings. However, this book is to be commended for showing distinction between Canadian and American culture. Also, the multiple authorship has an advantage in that the book is not as biased(to any denomination) as it might be if only one author were writing it. This book is a good read for those who do not understand today's culture and how to effectively evangelize to it. However, growing up as a post-modern thinker, I did not find it as helpful as I thought it would be.
  4. Bruce Epler
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 10, 2000
    Bruce Epler
    "Missional Church" is a compiled work of six authors who managed to distill each others thoughts, observations and study into a coherent and practical exposition. This is a must read for any christian concerned about the vitalityof the church in America and the world. This book will beespecially challenging and relevant to pastoral and lay leadersin the local church. It is a lucid work that brings anunderstanding of how the church in America exists in itspresent form today and where it has failed to become relevantin today's post modernistic society.
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