ReJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church.
by Michael Frost & Alan Hirsch
"How has it come about that the development of Christianity and the
church has given birth to a society, a civilization, a culture that are
completely opposite to what we read in the Bible, to what is
indisputably the text of the law, the prophets, Jesus and Paul?" So
adduces Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch from the introduction of their
newest book citing philosopher Jacques Ellul.
In ReJesus, Frost & Hirsch examine the practice of
everyday Christian spirituality and ultimately ask if what we practice
today is what Jesus passed down to his first century followers. The
authors note that many institutionalized forms of Christianity have
traded the radical way of Jesus for the stability of outward religious
expression. Frost & Hirsch issue a call to the church, therefore,
to refocus its spiritual practice upon the true Author and Foundation
of our faith.
Organic Community: Creating a Place Where People Naturally ConnectThe Spontaneous Expansion of the Church: And the Causes that Hinder It
by Joseph R. Myers
Community is a fundamental life search and one of the key aspects
people look for in a congregation. But community can't be forced,
controlled, or easily created. The problem, says Joseph R. Myers, is
that churches are too focused on developing programs instead of
concentrating on environments where community will spontaneously
emerge. Organic Community challenges key leaders to become
environmentalists-people who create or shape environments. Outlining
nine organizational tools for creating a healthy environment, Myers
shows readers how to diagnose their current situation and implement
patterns that will develop possibilities for healthy communities.
by Roland Allen
Written in 1927 as a follow up to his Missionary Methods, the following was penned in the forward by Kenneth Grubb in
"It is only gradually that Roland Allen's Spontaneous Expansion of
the Church has established its reputation among those who are concerned with
the mission of the Church. This is odd since it is in many ways both a more
mature work than Missionary Methods: St Paul's or Ours? and also more relevant to the particular
tasks with which churches and missions have to wrestle today. Nevertheless, the
fact that a new edition is called for at the present juncture is, perhaps, a
recognition that the book contains much that needs to be said and read just
What Allen was calling for 80 years ago and affirmed in the decades to follow
has "a lasting validity, and can be studied and re-studied with profit."
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The Baby Has Arrived!from Neil Cole and his blog
My newest book, Organic Leadershiphas arrived at my house. It looks good. Not as thick as I was afraid it would be even though it is longer than my previous books. I will have some on hand (pre-release) for any of my upcoming conferences this month (January '09). We are also providing a free copy to the first 100 to register for our Organic Church Movements Conference in February 19-21, 2009 in Long Beach CA.
In Organic Leadership, I challenge many ideas about leadership and church life that we all take for granted. Many of them are faulty ideas about church leadership, which we continue to support but which have never really been evaluated in the light of Scripture...