The Church on the Other Side: Doing Ministry in the Postmodern Matrix

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Zondervan, Dec 15, 2009 - Religion - 224 pages
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If you are a sincere church leader or a committed church member, you’re probably tired of easy steps, easy answers, and facile formulas for church health, growth, and renewal. You know it’s not that easy. In The Church on the Other Side, you’ll find something different: honest, clear, and creative thinking about our churches, along with a passionate challenge to thoughtful action and profound, liberating change. In understandable language, with an energetic and engaging writing style, and drawing from daily, down-to-earth pastoral experience, Brian McLaren offers thirteen strategies for navigating the modern/postmodern transition. You’ll learn the critical distinctions between renewed, restored, and reinvented churches. You’ll discover the importance of redefining your mission, of finding fresh ways to conceive of and communicate the Gospel, and of entering the postmodern world by understanding it, engaging it, and debugging your faith from modern 'viruses.' McLaren believes we are in an epochal sea-change, perhaps even more significant than the last great cultural transition about 500 years ago, when the world crossed over from the medieval to the modern era. He believes that today’s breakthroughs in communications, education, travel, cultural diversity, science, economics, politics, and philosophy are combining to create a new matrix in which Christians will live, worship, work, and pursue our mission. 'We are exploring off the map,' writes Brian McLaren, 'looking into mysterious territory beyond our familiar world on this side of the boundary between modern and postmodern worlds.' Even if you’ve read this book’s first edition, Reinventing Your Church, you’ll find enough new and revised material here to warrant a second purchase. And if you’re encountering these concepts for the first time, you’ll find wise guidance to help you and your church begin the journey toward the other side of the postmodern divide. You’ll learn to think differently, see church, life, and these revolutionary times in a new way, and act with courage, hope, and an adventurous spirit.

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Review: The Church on the Other Side: Doing Ministry in the Postmodern Matrix

User Review  - Symon Pratt - Goodreads

Brian McLaren seems to draw the ire of the conservative sectors of Evangelical Christianity. I find this highly disappointing. Church on the other side is light on in the 'how to' of what the church ... Read full review

Review: The Church on the Other Side: Doing Ministry in the Postmodern Matrix

User Review  - Tim - Goodreads

He tries to explain how culture is shifting - as significantly as the renaissance. He says the shift from modernism to postmodernism is really huge, and it is, but perhaps it's more complex than that, and not so black and white :) (spoken like a true postmodern). Read full review


Preface to the Second Edition
Redefine Your Mission
Trade Up Traditions for Tradition
Design a New Apologetic

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Brian D. McLaren (MA, University of Maryland) is an author, speaker, activist and public theologian. After teaching college English, Brian pastored Cedar Ridge Community Church in the Baltimore-Washington, DC area. Brain has been active in networking and mentoring church planters and pastors for over 20 years. He is a popular conference speaker and a frequent guest lecturer for denominational and ecumenical leadership gatherings in the US and internationally.

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