Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Feb 9, 1998 - Religion - 280 pages
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What would a theology of the Church look like that took seriously the fact that North America is now itself a mission field? This question lies at the foundation of this volume written by an ecumenical team of six noted missiologists—Lois Barrett, Inagrace T. Dietterich, Darrell L. Guder, George R. Hunsberger, Alan J. Roxburgh, and Craig Van Gelder.

The result of a three-year research project undertaken by The Gospel and Our Culture Network, this book issues a firm challenge for the church to recover its missional call right here in North America, while also offering the tools to help it do so.

The authors examine North America s secular culture and the church s loss of dominance in today s society. They then present a biblically based theology that takes seriously the church s missional vocation and draw out the consequences of this theology for the structure and institutions of the church.


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User Review  - ericbradley - LibraryThing

Written from the mainline church perspective, this book confronts changes to Christianity in North America (as the end of Christendom) and how the Church can take this as a opportunity to change into ... Read full review

User Review  - David R. Bess - Christianbook.com

Guder provides here a good introduction to missional theology and ecclesiology. While not for the casual reader or average church layperson, this book does provide fascinating scholarly insights into ... Read full review

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Missional Church From Sending to Being Sent
Missional Context Understanding North American Culture
Missional Challenge Understanding the Church in North America
Missional Vocation Called and Sent to Represent the Reign of God
Missional Witness The Church as Apostle to the World
Missional Community Cultivating Communities of the Holy Spirit
Missional Leadership Equipping Gods People for Mission
Missional Structures The Particular Community
Missional Connectedness The Community of Communities in Mission
Bibliography for Research on a Missional Ecclesiology for North America

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About the author (1998)

Darrell L. Guder is Henry Winters Luce Chair of Missional and Ecumenical Theology and Dean-elect at Princeton Theological Seminary.

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