The Tangible Kingdom: Creating Incarnational Community - eBook  -     By: Hugh Halter, Matt Smay
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Jossey-Bass / 2008 / ePub

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Looking for ways to be a practicing believer apart from the traditional church model? Halter and Smay sought to create communities of faith that remained true to the ancient church traditions but existed on a real-world setting that was assimilated into today's culture. Their model for mission is presented here.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Jossey-Bass
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 9780470435335
ISBN-13: 9780470435335
Series: Leadership Network

Publisher's Description

Written for those who are trying to nurture authentic faith communities and for those who have struggled to retain their faith, The Tangible Kingdom offers theological answers and real-life stories that demonstrate how the best ancient church practices can re-emerge in today's culture, through any church of any size. In this remarkable book, Hugh Halter and Matt Smay "two missional leaders and church planters" outline an innovative model for creating thriving grass-roots faith communities.

Author Bio

HUGH HALTER is a specialist with Church Resource Ministries and the national director of Missio, a global network of missional leaders and church planters. He is also lead architect of Adullam, a congregational network of incarnational communities in Denver, Colorado (

MATT SMAY co-directs both Missio and Adullam and specializes in helping existing congregations move toward mission. Halter and Smay direct the MCAP "missional church apprenticeship practicum," an international training network for incarnational church planters, pastors, and emerging leaders (www.

ABOUT LEADERSHIP NETWORK — The mission of Leadership Network identifies and connects innovative church leaders, providing them with resources in the form of new ideas, people, and tools. Contact Leadership Network at

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  1. Edmonton
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Kingdom Must Come!
    July 13, 2011
    Bev Sesink
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I found this book a difficult read, not because it was hard to understand, but difficult, because it spoke so much of how I and many others struggle with how we "do" church. It seems we make so little difference in our community, neighborhoods, etc. And yet while this book acknowledges some pretty serious concerns about the North American church, it doesn't do a slam dunk, but rather gently, but firmly, makes us aware that indeed all is not well. For those who are willing to consider the tough road of "doing" church the way it was modeled for us in the early church, this can give some solid encouragement and hope in the midst of the situation we face as church in the West.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 31, 2010
    James Connelly
    I attend a church that is trying to put into practice many of the principles in this book and found it very challenging to realize how much I have withdrawn from our culture and hung out in our holy huddles letting the world go by. My wife and I are in our late seventies and we have committed ourselves to trying to truly show God's lovethrough our everyday lives to a world we know God loves. This book really helped us understand more of Jesus's life on this earth.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 4, 2009
    There is a call out there for some not everyone to move into the world in a more tangible way to reveal a Kingdom that is here today.(We are all called to reveal the Kingdom, some are just called more to the frontlines) I believe this call was out there in the O.T. times, the N.T. times and in the call is there still today. Halter and Smay do a very good and balanced job of once again calling the church to be and nothing something to go too. You will be, challenged, angered or edified to keep going forward. If this is one of the messages that just tickled our ears that we are warn will happen in the end times then it did a terrible job because it made me anything but comfortable.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 11, 2009
    the Wright Rev
    I too would disagree with the earlier review. To be sure, there are some things in this book that I find disagreeable. However, the main thesis of the book is how we can legitimize the reception of the truth. Please consider the following quotes. In the chapter regarding posture, the author states, "posture represents the attitude of the body, the nonverbal forms of communication that accompany what we say." (p. 39) He then provides applicable illustration to drive home the point. Then he writes, "Posture is important because it can either obscure the message of truth or enhance and pave the way for a clear rendering of the truth." (p. 40) Finally, as the negative reviewer alluded, Halter writes, "The idea of posture helps us realize that truth IS important, but according to Scripture, truth [by itself] is not the only thing or the most important thing. The most important thing is whether or not people are attracted to the truth, drawn into the truth, and able to understand and RECEIVE the truth." (p. 41)Looking to be challenged? READ this book!Thanks Hugh & Matt!
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 5, 2009
    vic cuccia
    I wholeheartedly disagree with the previous review. One should take it with a grain of salt as quotes are pulled out of context etc. I would go as far as to say that EVERY forward thinking, church planter needs to read this book! Although you may not agree with everything, it will challenge you to rethink traditional paradigms. What Hugh and Matt are doing in CO, looks a whole lot more like the early church than most of what we see in our country today. If you are satisfied with run of the mill American churchianity then don't bother reading this. If you are dissatisfied and long for something more authentic then this is a must read!
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