The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 23, 2009 - Religion - 176 pages
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In this provocative book, author, consultant, and church leadershipdeveloper Reggie McNeal debunks these and other old assumptions andprovides an overall strategy to help church leaders move forward inan entirely different and much more effective way. In ThePresent Future, McNeal identifies the six most importantrealities that church leaders must address including: recapturingthe spirit of Christianity and replacing "church growth" with awider vision of kingdom growth; developing disciples instead ofchurch members; fostering the rise of a new apostolic leadership;focusing on spiritual formation rather than church programs; andshifting from prediction and planning to preparation for thechallenges of an uncertain world. McNeal contends that by changingthe questions church leaders ask themselves about theircongregations and their plans, they can frame the core issues andapproach the future with new eyes, new purpose, and new ideas.

Also available: The Present Future DVD Collection(978-0-7879-8673-5), Reggie McNeal's DVD presentation of the ideasand insights featured in his best-selling book.

 

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Contents

The Collapse of the Church Culture
1
The Shift from Church Growth to Kingdom Growth
20
A New Reformation Releasing Gods People
43
The Return to Spiritual Formation
69
The Shift from Planning to Preparation
92
The Rise of Apostolic Leadership
120
Things I Didnt Say
140
Conclusion
146
References
149
The Author
151
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Reggie McNeal serves as the Missional Leadership Specialist forLeadership Network of Dallas, Texas. McNeal is the author ofMissional Renaissance, A Work of Heart, and Practicing Greatnessfrom Jossey-Bass.

Leadership Network fosters church innovation and growth throughstrategies, programs, tools, and resources consistent with theirfar-reaching mission. Contact Leadership Network atwww.leadnet.org.

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