9780787971113

Shaped by God's Heart : The Passion and Practices of Missional Churches

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  • ISBN13:

    9780787971113

  • ISBN10:

    0787971111

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-08-12
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass

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Summary

Discover the tools to create a new kind of church and move from merely surviving to thriving. Drawing on an extensive two-year field study of 200 churches from a variety of denominations and geographic regions, Milfred Minatrea--a missiologist, urban strategist and practioner in minister--presents the best practices for re-energizing Christian spirituality in a congregational setting. He provides readers with the tools for assessing their congregation's position on the continuum between maintenance and mission and for determining the actions that will move them toward becoming a missional community. He also outlines key strategies that successful churches have used to become relevant in a postmodern society without losing what is distinctly Christian in their spiritual practices.Milfred Minatrea (Irving, TX) is Director of the Missional Church Center for the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Author Biography

Milfred Minatrea is the director of the Missional Church Center for the Baptist General Convention of Texas. He served as pastor of several churches before becoming a highly sought-after church consultant. Minatrea desires to be an authentic disciple of Jesus and enjoys walking with others on that spiritual journey.

Table of Contents

Preface: A Personal Letter to the Reader ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction: Sending the Church into the World xv
PART ONE The Church in a New and Changing World
1(26)
From Maintenance to Missional: The Church in a World of Change
5(11)
Be Church and Be Changed: How Missional Churches Live Their Passion
16(11)
PART TWO The Nine Essential Practices of Missional Churches
27(114)
Missional Practice Number One: Have a High Threshold for Membership
29(13)
Missional Practice Number Two: Be Real, Not Real Religious
42(11)
Missional Practice Number Three: Teach to Obey Rather Than to Know
53(12)
Missional Practice Number Four: Rewrite Worship Every Week
65(12)
Missional Practice Number Five: Live Apostolically
77(12)
Missional Practice Number Six: Expect to Change the World
89(12)
Missional Practice Number Seven: Order Actions According to Purpose
101(10)
Missional Practice Number Eight: Measure Growth by Capacity to Release, Not Retain
111(15)
Missional Practice Number Nine: Place Kingdom Concerns First
126(15)
PART THREE Structures and Strategies for Becoming Missional
141(44)
They Run Rapids in Rubber Rafts: Church Structures That Can Survive the Rapids of Cultural Change
143(12)
Seeing Beyond the Horizon: The Nature and Task of Missional Leadership
155(18)
Moving to Missional: Becoming a New Kind of Church
173(12)
Appendix: Missional Church Cultural Assessment 185(10)
Notes 195(9)
About Leadership Network 204(1)
The Author 205

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