The Permanent Revolution: Apostolic Imagination and Practice for the 21st Century Church
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The church has been an institution for more than 1,700 years---but times are changing. How should Christian leaders shift their focus from managing an organization to spearheading a movement? Drawing on Ephesians 4, Hirsch and Catchim examine a fivefold ministry---apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds, and teachers---to equip you with fresh, missionally creative ideas that will revitalize your congregation. 316 pages, hardcover from Jossey-Bass.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 316
Vendor: Jossey-Bass
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 0470907746
ISBN-13: 9780470907740
Series: Jossey-Bass Leadership Network

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A new brand of apostolic ministry for today's world

The Permanent Revolution is a work of theologicalre-imagination and re-construction that draws from biblicalstudies, theology, organizational theory, leadership studies, andkey social sciences. The book elaborates on the apostolic rolerooted in the five-fold ministry from Ephesians 4 (apostles,prophets, evangelists, shepherds, and teacher), and itssignificance for the missional movement. It explores how theapostolic ministry facilitates ongoing renewal in the life of thechurch and focuses on leadership in relation to missionalinnovation and entrepreneurship.The authors examine the nature oforganization as reframed through the lens of apostolicministry.

  • Shows how to view the world through a biblical perspective andcontinue the "permanent revolution" that Jesus started
  • Outlines the essential characteristics of apostolic movementand how to restructure the church and ministry to be moreconsistent with them
  • Alan Hirsch is a leading voice in the missional movement of theChristian West

This groundbreaking book integrates theology, sociology, andleadership to further define the apostolic movement.

Author Bio

Alan Hirsch is the founding director of Forge Mission TrainingNetwork. Currently he co-leads Future Travelers, an innovativelearning program helping megachurches become missional movements.Known for his innovative approach to mission, Alan is considered tobe a thought-leader and key mission strategist for churches acrossthe Western world. Hirsch is the author of The Forgotten Ways;co-author of The Shaping of Things to Come, ReJesus, and The Faithof Leap (with Michael Frost); Untamed (with Debra Hirsch); RightHere, Right Now (with Lance Ford), and On the Verge (with DaveFerguson). Alan is associate professor for the M.A in ApostolicMovements at Wheaton College (Illinois), as well as adjunctprofessor at Fuller Seminary, and George Fox Seminary. He is serieseditor for Baker Books' Shapevine series and an associate editor ofLeadership Journal.

Tim Catchim is a grassroots church planter experimenting withinnovative forms of mission. While working as a church plantingassistant and evangelist with the Montgomery (Alabama) Inner CityMinistry, he started a mentor program for at-risk youth that gainedstate recognition. He also started an intensive summer internshipthat trained students to do missional-incarnational forms ofministry among the urban poor. He is currently planting a networkof missional communities in Clarksville, Tennessee. He also servesas the founder and director of Generate, a coaching and consultancyagency for apostolic ventures.

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