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Baker Missional Collection (13 vols.)
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Overview

The Baker Missional Collection explores national and international missional church movements. It analyzes what it means to be a missional Christian and lays the groundwork for developing missional churches. Its authors give insight into evangelism, social justice, church planting, and mission, and encourage Christians to live out Christ-centered, disciple-making lives locally and globally.

The Logos version of the Baker Missional Collection provides you with unique benefits available nowhere else. Scripture references appear on mouseover and link to your preferred translation or the original-language text. This collection fully integrates into your digital library, cross-referencing to your dictionaries, commentaries, and other reference tools and allowing you to discover what other pastors, scholars, and theologians have to say about the missional church and Christian living.

Key Features

  • Studies numerous missional church movements throughout history
  • Analyzes what missional living looks like
  • Encourages Christians to be missional in their local communities
  • Illustrates the impact missional living can have

Individual Titles

The Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside Your Door

  • Authors: Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 208

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What if Jesus meant that we should love our actual neighbors? When Jesus was asked to sum up everything into one command, he said to love God with everything we have and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Most of us have turned this simple idea of loving our neighbors into a nice saying, putting it on bumper stickers and refrigerator magnets and then going on with our lives without actually putting it into practice.

What would happen if every follower of Jesus took the Great Commandment literally? Is it possible that the solution to our society’s biggest issues has been right under our noses for the past two thousand years?

The Art of Neighboring is a tool that is helping government and faith-based leaders work together to serve their communities.

—Reggie McNeal, missional leadership specialist, Leadership Network

The Great Commandment of Jesus is not optional. Jay and Dave hold readers accountable to live out the Great Commandment in literal and creative ways. The Art of Neighboring is a unique and necessary addition to any serious Christian’s missional library.

Ed Stetzer, president, LifeWay Research

Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon provide thought-provoking yet practical insights on what it means to love your neighbor. The truths in the book have the potential not only to transform your life but also your entire community. This is a book you can’t afford to miss.

—Margaret Feinberg, author and speaker

The act of loving our actual neighbors is one of the simplest and yet most powerful things that we can do to make an impact in our world. I have seen the model described in this book close up, and it is the real deal. If you care about your city, if you long to see the fabric of your community change for the better, then you need to read this book.

—Eric Swanson, leadership community director, Leadership Network

I’ve always wondered how the churches in our city could work together to impact our community in a significant way. The Art of Neighboring has united many of the churches in Duluth and has provided us with practical tools that have helped launch a neighboring movement. I’m excited about the influence that The Art of Neighboring is having in our city and its potential to impact other cities around the country.

—Don Ness, mayor, Duluth, Minnesota

The Art of Neighboring is at the forefront of a national movement to renew local communities. This book explains why neighboring really matters and reminds us all of the value of pursuing relationships with the people who live around us.

—John McKnight, co-director, Asset Based Community Development Institute, Northwestern University

Jay Pathak is the senior pastor of the Mile High Vineyard, located in a suburb northwest of Denver, Colorado. Prior to planting this church in 2001, he served at the Columbus Vineyard as a leader in its young-adult ministry, Joshua House, and as an intern to the senior pastor, Rich Nathan. Jay is a graduate of Ohio State University with a BA in philosophy and a graduate of the Vineyard Leadership Institute. He has spoken nationally and internationally for the Vineyard and other groups in both conference and classroom settings. Currently he serves on the National Board of Vineyard USA.

Dave Runyon is the executive director of CityUnite, a non-profit organization that exists to help government, business, and faith-based leaders unite around common causes. He also works with the Denver Leadership Foundation in order to bring transformation to the city. Prior to founding CityUnite, Dave served as a pastor for nine years in the Denver area. In 2010 Dave led a neighboring movement that mobilized over 20 churches and 15,000 people in the Northwest Denver Metro area. He graduated from Colorado State University, where he studied history and secondary education. He speaks locally and nationally encouraging leaders to work together to serve the common good.

The Colors of Hope: Becoming People of Mercy, Justice, and Love

  • Author: Richard Dalhstrom
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 224

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It’s time for a fresh vision of the Christian life as a creative adventure. The Christian life should be guided by the intentional goal of blessing the lives of the friends, loved ones, and strangers in our midst. We are called to impact a culture that is overwhelmingly preoccupied with personal peace, prosperity, protection, and survival. Christians should be artists who paint with the colors of hope in a broken world, embodying Christ’s redemptive presence in our personal lives, our work, and our relationships.

This inspiring and practical book offers tools for living out this vision in daily life, with special attention given to the challenges we face in staying focused on the mission of imparting hope to others even while dealing with our own personal issues. Anyone who wishes to have an impact on the world will cherish this unique book.

In The Colors of Hope, Richard Dahlstrom brings a welcome call to a biblical faith that calls us beyond ourselves and the polarized debates in our society. He invites us to discover the unique ways God can use our lives and paintbrushes to bring the colors of compassion, justice, and celebration to a world hungry to find a little hope. We in Seattle are glad to share Richard Dahlstrom’s prophetic voice with Christians throughout our society who want to take Scripture seriously in their lives, churches, and in our troubled world.

—Tom Sine, founder, Mustard Seed Associates

Revolutions begin among artists—our poets, painters, storytellers, and musicians. The Colors of Hope marks Richard Dahlstrom as a revolutionary. Passionately, deftly, Dahlstrom urges us to embrace our calling as artisans of hope. This is the soothing voice and the relevant message that this noisy, weary world needs.

—Karen Spears Zacharias, Author, author, speaker, and journalism instructor

If we truly believe in the resurrection of Christ, we believe in this good news not only for the annual Easter weekend, but we believe that God has risen and is at work every day. But more important, we choose not to be bystanders but to be active participants in God’s redemptive work. This is what this compelling book is all about. Richard Dahlstrom reminds us that cynicism and hopelessness are not going to change the world. But neither will nebulous idealism. We have to become people of mercy, justice, and love. In short, we have to be ‘artisans of hope.’

—Eugene Cho, pastor and founder, One Day’s Wages

Anyone who’s followed Jesus for a while has seen gray areas, when vibrant faith fades into the drudgery of religion. Richard Dahlstrom, one of the brightest and best communicators Christianity has to offer right now, calls us out into fulfilling our role as creators; artists sent to splash the world with meaningful, gorgeous color. It’s a lot better than moping around waiting for Armageddon.

—Jordan Green, director, Burnside Writer’s Collective

The hard work of the artist is to take simple materials and make them into something beautiful and resonant to the human condition. In much the same way, so is being involved in the restoring works of Jesus Christ. Richard deftly connects these journeys and shows us that the call to follow after Christ is a journey of creating: imagining the kingdom he is talking about and then following in his footsteps, and we communally create that together. I know that Richard isn’t just speaking of these ideas, but is actually living them out in the communities he is a part of around the world. I am one who has been inspired by his friendship and journey. It was a joy to read this book.

—Scott Erickson, professional artist

Richard Dahlstrom is pastor of Bethany Community Church in Seattle, Washington, and is a conference and Bible college speaker. He is also the author of O2: Breathing New Life into Faith, which was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the best Christian books of 2008.

The Faith of Leap: Embracing a Theology of Risk, Adventure & Courage

  • Authors: Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch
  • Series: Shapevine
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 224

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So much of our lives is caught up in the development and maintenance of security and control. But as Helen Keller observed, “Security is mostly a superstition. . . . Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” And when our only experience of Christianity is safe and controlled, we miss the simple fact that faith involves risk.

In The Faith of Leap, Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch challenge you to leave the idol of security behind and courageously live the adventure that is inherent in our God and in our calling. Their corrective to the dull, adventureless, risk-free phenomenon that describes so much of contemporary Christianity explores the nature of adventure, risk, and courage, and the implications for church, discipleship, spirituality, and leadership.

All the books of Hirsch and Frost are books that need to be written. Very thoughtful and chock-full of insight and practical advice, this brilliant book reminds us that we can—in fact, we must—substitute another narrative for the security-obsessed one that normally drives us if we wish to truly live!

—Reggie McNeal, missional leadership specialist, Leadership Network

Imagine the Apostle Paul arriving in the metropolis of Ephesus with the sole task of gospeling that city. Now imagine yourself at the edge of your community with the task of gospeling your community. You’ve got two pockets. Stick in one of your pockets your Bible and in the other The Faith of Leap. You’re ready. Now go.

Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University

There is too much shallow talk these days about the church ‘at the margins,’ liminality or ‘living on the edge.’ Instead, we need people who will teach us how to become capable of such a thing! The Faith of Leap does just that. Hirsch and Frost use their manifold gifts to show us why and how adventure, risk, and courage is at the very heart of living life together in God’s mission.

David Fitch, author, B. R. Lindner Professor Evangelical Theology, Northern Seminary

As Alan and Mike have helped forge and form missional strategy for the church of the twenty-first century, they have now put rubber to the road by exposing nebulously boring faith and pushing toward the trilogy of adventure, courage, and transformation. Read it if you have the guts.

—Hugh Halter, church planter, pastor, consultant, and missionary

I have read everything Hirsch and Frost ever wrote individually or together, and each time their writing kindles my intellectual and missional imagination. The Faith of Leap was a wholly different experience. I began reading it with the thought that the church could certainly use a theology of adventure, but within just a few pages, my own heart was ravenous—urged by the call of the wild to which Jesus invites every woman and every man.

—Linda Bergquist, church-starting strategist, California Southern Baptist Convention

Christianity has waited its entire history for someone to risk a theology of risk. Who would have thought that its appearance would come in the form of a fireworks festival . . . A remarkable tour de force.

—Leonard Sweet, E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism, Drew University

I am frequently asked what it will take to see church multiplication movements occur in the West. This book hits on one of the most crucial elements we need to release church multiplication movements—if not the most significant missing ingredient. This is, in my opinion, Hirsch and Frost’s best work to date and is must reading for anyone who wants to release missional movements.

Neil Cole, founder and executive director, Church Multiplication Associates

Michael Frost is the founding director of the Tinsley Institute, a mission study center at Morling College in Sydney, Australia. He is the author of more than a dozen books including Exiles and The Road to Missional. He lives in Sydney.

Alan Hirsch is founding director of Forge Mission Training Network and cofounder of Shapevine.com, an international forum for engaging with world-transforming ideas. Currently he leads an innovative learning program called Future Travelers which helps mega churches become missional movements. He is the author of numerous books, including The Forgotten Ways, and coauthor of Untamed and Right Here, Right Now. Hirsch lives in the Los Angeles area.

The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church

  • Author: Alan Hirsch
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 304

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How did the number of Christians in the world grow from as few as 25,000 one hundred years after Christ’s death to up to 20 million in AD 310? How did the Chinese underground church grow from two million to over 100 million in 60 years despite considerable opposition? In The Forgotten Ways, Alan Hirsch reveals the paradigmatic insights he discovered as he delved into those questions. He then translates these findings into the context of the contemporary Western church.

Hirsch identifies six latent potencies in God’s people that lie dormant and forgotten until something catalytic prompts the rediscovery of them. These elements are clearly seen in the church during times of phenomenal growth and impact, but he suggests that they are actually always present and can be reactivated to create apostolic movement. He describes them as the centrality and lordship of Jesus, disciple making, the missional-incarnational impulse, organic systems, apostolic environment, and communitas (a type of community formed in situations of significant ordeal and/or mission).

A key missional leader, educator, and strategist, Hirsch draws from his own experiences, as well as the experiences of ministries around the world, to provide examples of growing churches, church planting movements, and other missional projects. He further illustrates his points with charts and diagrams, as well as a glossary of terms and an index.

Church leaders, strategists, seminary professors, and students will benefit from Hirsch’s discoveries and his ability to put those ideas to work in contemporary churches and ministries.

Among the welter of ‘how-to’ books calling the church to this new strategy or that, The Forgotten Ways is a full-blooded and comprehensive call for the complete reorientation of the church around mission. Nothing less than the rediscovery of a revolutionary missional ecclesiology will do for Alan Hirsch. His book makes an irrefutable case for its establishment and offers the exciting, though frightening, DNA necessary for it to flourish. A master work.

—Michael Frost, founding director, Tinsley Institute

This is a provocative and insightful contribution to the discovery of effective missional engagement with post-Christendom Western culture. Grounded in Alan’s own experience as a missionary pastor and illustrated by examples from various places, The Forgotten Ways challenges and equips both inherited and emerging churches to recover the dynamic of a missional movement.

—Stuart Murray Williams, tutor in mission, Bristol Baptist College

It is refreshing to read a book related to the missional church that provides theological depth coupled with creative thinking. Alan Hirsch reestablishes the essential links between Christology, missiology, and ecclesiology. The Forgotten Ways helps to rescue the concept of church from the clutches of Christendom, setting it free to become a dynamic movement in place of a dying institution.

—Eddie Gibbs, professor emeritus of church growth, Fuller Theological Seminary

The Forgotten Ways is worth the price of the book simply for the diagrams in chapter three. I feel the same way about his insights on movements later in the book. And every other chapter has the kind of rich insight and inspiring challenge that we have come to expect from Alan Hirsch.

—Brian McLaren, activist, author, and speaker

Alan has been shattering paradigms and challenging ideas for years. Now, in The Forgotten Ways, Alan describes missional movements and challenges us to reorder the church around its mission, all filtered through his deeply personal experience. You will be provoked, challenged, and motivated to embrace the missional DNA and incarnational impulse of the early church in your own life and ministry.

Ed Stetzer, president, LifeWay Research

Alan Hirsch is right. Many of the more promising ‘new’ ways of ‘doing church’ today are not really new, but rather a recovery of what our predecessors once knew—insights that once formed and informed significant Christian movements that their successors forgot. Hirsch’s model of the Emerging Missional Church will help many churches to recover from their long night of amnesia.

—George G. Hunter III, distinguished emeritus professor, Asbury Theological Seminary

Alan Hirsch is founding director of Forge Mission Training Network and cofounder of Shapevine.com, an international forum for engaging with world-transforming ideas. Currently he leads an innovative learning program called Future Travelers which helps mega churches become missional movements. He is the coauthor of Untamed and Right Here, Right Now. Hirsch lives in the Los Angeles area.

The Forgotten Ways Handbook: A Practical Guide for Developing Missional Churches

  • Author: Alan Hirsch and Darryn Altclass
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 224

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In his bestselling missional book, The Forgotten Ways, internationally known missional church expert Alan Hirsch offered a vision for the future growth of the church coming about by harnessing the power of the early church. Now, The Forgotten Ways Handbook moves beyond theory to practice, offering ways for any missionally minded person to apply the ideas contained in The Forgotten Ways to their life and ministry.

This intensely practical handbook includes many helpful tools: summary sections encapsulating the ideas contained in each chapter in a popular way; suggested practices to help readers embed missional paradigms concretely; and adult learning-based techniques and examples from other churches and organizations that enable readers to process and assimilate the ideas in a group context.

For those of you needing guidance on implementing the theoretical aspects of Alan Hirsch’s popular . . . The Forgotten Ways, this follow-up handbook is for you. . . . [The authors offer] practical examples, numerous small group discussion questions, reflection questions, action step guides, and opportunities for personal journaling. . . . Hirsch and Altclass rightly call the church back to her apostolic nature by providing this helpful practical guide. We need to read and heed their challenge. . . . Read this book, digest its contents, and make application to your setting.

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The business of engaging in mission to the West begins with a new imagination or, as Alan says, ‘a new way of thinking.’ Imagination and thought need to be grounded in practical reality. Alan and Darryn use the classic action learning model to great effect in making profound concepts useful in the art of movement making. I like the realism which says, don’t try all of these ideas at once but use them as suggestions. This workbook could be the most helpful tool you will acquire this year.

—Martin Robinson, principal and chief executive, Springdale College

It seems that in every book he writes, Alan Hirsch puts into words what God’s Spirit is breathing into the church today. The Forgotten Ways Handbook is a wonderful tool to help leaders translate the timeless truths on which the church is built into anointed actions that bring the authentic church to life again in this generation.

—Steven M. Pike, national director, Church Multiplication Network

My friend Alan is a true genius. In The Forgotten Ways, he set out the needed impulses and environmental ingredients to catalyze a true missional movement. In this handbook, he breaks it down into simple steps that can open our eyes to see what is missing and what is working. This is not just another repackaging of content to sell more books. This is actually advancing the concepts and bringing them down into the place where they can truly ignite change. If you read The Forgotten Ways and found yourself excited but were left wondering how do I do this? You need to read and distribute this book.

Neil Cole, founder and executive director, Church Multiplication Associates

The Forgotten Ways Handbook is a crucial tool for every church planter and missional leader. This is a must read for every leader and team who wants to develop the necessary habits and practices to insure your community is on the Jesus Mission. I’m looking forward to going through this with my team!

—Dave Ferguson, lead pastor, Community Christian Church

Alan Hirsch is founding director of Forge Mission Training Network and cofounder of Shapevine.com, an international forum for engaging with world-transforming ideas. Currently he leads an innovative learning program called Future Travelers which helps mega churches become missional movements. He is the coauthor of Untamed and Right Here, Right Now. Hirsch lives in the Los Angeles area.

Darryn Altclass is a practitioner with direct, current experience in initiating and developing the incarnational approach in difficult social settings in Australia.

Mud and the Masterpiece: Seeing Yourself and Others through the Eyes of Jesus

  • Author: John Burke
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 304

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Every person you see—including the one you see in the mirror—is a masterpiece. Why were “sinners” so attracted to Jesus yet repelled by the religious? It had everything to do with the heart of Jesus. They sensed that Jesus was for them—not against them. When broken, sinful people feel repelled by Christians, we must honestly assess whether our hearts reveal the heart of God or subtly reflect the heart of the Pharisees. Burke believes that ultimately, our impact in a broken, hurting world will show what’s in our hearts.

Through an engaging study of Jesus’ encounters with imperfect people, combined with real-life stories of ordinary people having Christlike impact, this book will inspire you to reveal the masterpiece in you and those around you.

I wish all believers loved people who are far from God like John Burke does. Burke captures a unique aspect of a missional life in Christ that we can easily fail to grasp: We can be missional but on the wrong mission. Mud and the Masterpiece reminds us of our desperate need to join Jesus in the messy work of life-on-life discipleship.

Ed Stetzer, president, LifeWay Research

John is a man who not only knows Jesus, but that Jesus really saves and redeems broken people and makes them trophies of his grace. This book gets into the heart of the ministry that has characterized John’s distinctive contribution to the contemporary church—that Jesus is Lord and Savior.

—Alan Hirsch, founding director, Forge Mission Training Network

Hope is a dangerous thing. This book drips with hope. Burke is a master storyteller and his stories, woven together with the electric stories of Scripture, grab the heart and ignite the mind. Burke helps us believe that God can do more in and through us, with everyday people we meet in everyday situations. Pick up this book, and your hope will rise.

—Doug Schaupp, growth coach, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

In Mud and the Masterpiece, John has once again captured a fresh vision of a Jesus who is not only worth following, but orienting and giving our entire lives to. In simply but poignantly looking at Jesus’ various interactions with people throughout the Gospels, he is able to underscore the call Jesus gives to us in each conversation, a call that goes beyond clever ministries, strategies, or apologetics. It’s the call to be found in a story much larger than ourselves.

—Mike Breen, global leader, 3DM

John Burke is the author of No Perfect People Allowed and Soul Revolution, and the founder with his wife, Kathy, of Gateway Church in Austin, TX. Since 1998, Gateway has grown to over 4,500 members, made up mostly of unchurched people who began actively following Christ at Gateway. John is also the president of Emerging Leadership Initiative (ELI), a non-profit organization, working to help church planting pastors and ordinary Christians “raise the church out of the culture.” John has spoken in 15 countries to over 200,000 church leaders and Christians about reaching a postmodern, post-Christian culture.

ReJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church

  • Authors: Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 216

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ReJesus asks the following questions:

  • What ongoing role does Jesus the Messiah play in shaping the ethos and self-understanding of the movement that originated in him?
  • How is the Christian religion informed and shaped by the Jesus that we meet in the Gospels?
  • How do we assess the continuity required between the life and example of Jesus and the subsequent religion called Christianity?
  • In how many ways do we domesticate the radical revolutionary in order to sustain our religion and religiosity?
  • How can a rediscovery of Jesus renew our discipleship, the Christian community, and the ongoing mission of the church?

These questions take us to the core of what the church is all about. Rather than reformation, the authors call their task re-founding the church because it raises the issue of the church’s true Founder or Foundation. This theme is of particular importance at the dawn of the twenty-first century as many attempt to address Christianity’s endemic and long trended decline in the West. The authors feel that a spiritual, theological, missional, and existential crisis looms in the West.

Frost and Hirsch challenge us to reinstate Jesus as the central focus of our spiritual lives—both as individual disciples and as communities of his people. The Jesus they present is not the domesticated Jesus that we learned about in Sunday school, but the ‘loving, wildly passionate, dangerous, radically merciful and always surprising’ Jesus portrayed in the Gospels. An encounter with this Jesus transforms us from the inside out and radically changes our approach to mission.

—Felicity Dale, cofounder, Christians in the Caring Professions

Frost and Hirsch have done it again! In their characteristic way (heart-pounding in a spiritual sense) they invite us to a journey with God. Don’t miss this trip!

—Reggie McNeal, missional leadership specialist, Leadership Network

For anyone in the missional conversation in even the slightest way, this book addresses what is by far the most important thing about it theologically and practically.

—Dan Kimball, pastor, author, and Emerging Church movement leader

Frost and Hirsch tear away false characterizations about Jesus and reveal a wild and radical revolutionary . . . anything but boring. This book is a huge leap in the right direction.

Neil Cole, founder and executive director, Church Multiplication Associates

ReJesus will rock your world—and cause you to reJesus your life, reJesus your church, and reJesus your Bible. Expect ‘reJesus’ to become a mantra and a mobilization in the revitalization of Christianity in the twenty-first century.

—Leonard Sweet, E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism, Drew University

ReJesus invites us to pare back layers of tradition, recognize distortion and misrepresentation, read the Gospels afresh, and learn to imitate and follow the wild and radical Jesus. An engaging and challenging example of applied Christology.

Stuart Murray, chair, Anabaptist Network

Michael Frost is the founding director of the Tinsley Institute, a mission study center at Morling College in Sydney, Australia. He is the author of more than a dozen books including Exiles and The Road to Missional. He lives in Sydney.

Alan Hirsch is founding director of Forge Mission Training Network and cofounder of Shapevine.com, an international forum for engaging with world-transforming ideas. Currently he leads an innovative learning program called Future Travelers which helps mega churches become missional movements. He is the author of numerous books, including The Forgotten Ways, and coauthor of Untamed and Right Here, Right Now. Hirsch lives in the Los Angeles area.

Right Here, Right Now: Everyday Mission for Everyday People

  • Authors: Alan Hirsch and Lance Ford
  • Series: Shapevine
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 272

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No matter where you are, you are on a mission. You have concern for others. You want to be involved in solutions. You want to live your life for Jesus. You want to be a missional Christian. But what does that really mean? How can you live out God’s mission in the world, right here, right now?

In this inspiring yet practical book, Alan Hirsch and Lance Ford show you how to live missionally regardless of your situation, vocation, or location. Touching on issues of discipleship, spirituality, and church at every level of experience, Right Here, Right Now calls you to be the person God has made you to be.

Finally, a book that takes all the missional theory and turns it into practical reality for the average person. I can’t think of a more important topic for followers of Jesus everywhere to be learning and living out.

—Dan Kimball, pastor, author, and Emerging Church movement leader

The missional church movement doesn’t focus on doing church better; it is about being church better in the world, where the mission of God is under way. God already has his people deployed in every domain of culture, so the challenge is releasing the church to be the church where it already is. Right Here, Right Now is a powerful new resource for this strategy. It is both inspirational and instructional for serious Jesus-followers who understand church as a verb.

—Reggie McNeal, missional leadership specialist, Leadership Network

In Right Here, Right Now, my friends Alan Hirsch and Lance Ford help us raise up a movement of people on mission. For too long, missional church writings have focused on pastors and neglected people. Alan and Lance help us involve all God’s people in God’s mission.

Ed Stetzer, president, LifeWay Research

Alan Hirsch and Lance Ford help us to see our role as missionaries in the twenty-first century in their outstanding book Right Here, Right Now. You will never again see yourself as just another average Christian. Alan and Lance help us see how every one of us can play a role in God’s mission here and now.

—Dave Ferguson, lead pastor, Community Christian Church

With this book, the writing on the missional church has gone from QED (Quod Erat Demonstrandum—‘which was to be demonstrated’) to QEF (Quod Erat Faciendum—‘which was to be done’). Hirsch and Ford believe that we’ve ‘demonstrated’ enough. It’s now time for ‘doing.’ This book shows how to be missional Right Here, Right Now.

—Leonard Sweet, E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism, Drew University

If you are looking for a compass to navigate your neighborhood toward the gospel, this book will point you in the right direction.

Frank Viola, author, speaker, and Emerging Church expert

Alan Hirsch is founding director of Forge Mission Training Network and cofounder of Shapevine.com, an international forum for engaging with world-transforming ideas. Currently he leads an innovative learning program called Future Travelers which helps mega churches become missional movements. He is the author of numerous books, including The Forgotten Ways, and coauthor of Untamed. Hirsch lives in the Los Angeles area.

Lance Ford is the cofounder and director of Shapevine.com, and the former director of the Northwood Church Multiplication Center. With more than 20 years of experience as a pastor and church planter, Lance is a writer, coach, consultant, and an adjunct professor.

The Road to Missional: Journey to the Center of the Church

  • Author: Michael Frost
  • Series: Shapevine
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 160

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Discover a whole new way of following Jesus. It has recently become acceptable, and even fashionable, to refer to one’s church as “missional.” But many churches misunderstand the concept, thinking of “going missional” as simply being a necessary add-on to church-as-usual. This domestication of what is actually a very bold paradigm shift makes missional nothing more than one more trick to see church growth.

With a light hand and a pastoral spirit, Michael Frost points out how most of us are not quite there yet. He reestablishes the ground rules, redefines the terms accurately, and insists that the true prophetic essence of “being missional” comes through undiluted. This clear corrective will take ministry leaders from “not missional yet” to well on their way.

In The Road to Missional Michael Frost provides a prophetic call to examine all we do in light of the mission of God. I’m thankful to have his provocative voice in the missional conversation. Michael is a friend to the church and a man who deeply loves the mission of God.

Ed Stetzer, president, LifeWay Research

Every week or two a new missional book arrives on my desk. By and large they are getting better and better, and this one is the best one yet. It’s all here—divine origins, shifting evangelism, cross, resurrection, and holistic redemption—in accessible form. This is the first book to give someone who says ‘What is missional?’

Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University

As brilliant as Mike speaks on the Missio Dei, The Road to Missional practically helps everyone understand their place in God’s mission, the pace to which God will ask them to move, and possibilities of a life oriented away from self. This book is a must for church leaders, but is dense with beautiful stories that will give every unpaid saint reasons to live a vigorous life after the king. I hope any Christian would read this, but it’s geared for the stout-hearted!

—Hugh Halter, church planter, pastor, consultant, and missionary

Mike Frost points out again why choosing missional as a destination is such a scenic route. In The Road to Missional he acts as experienced tour guide to help us know both what to look for and what we are seeing on this journey. Every church leader on the missional path will want to have this volume handy.

—Reggie McNeal, missional leadership specialist, Leadership Network

As I read Michael’s description of a missional church functioning rightly in a world that’s gone wrong, I felt myself thirsting for such an experience on a global scale. The world should see us and want Jesus--plain and simple. Unfortunately, that is quite the opposite of the current state of the church in the world. We need to consider today what Michael is saying in this book.

Neil Cole, founder and executive director, Church Multiplication Associates

The Road to Missional provides an inspired dose of clarity to the growing missional movement. It sets the stage to shift the conversation toward a deeper understanding and intentional pursuit of incarnational mission.

—Matt Smay, director, Mission Publishing

Michael Frost is the founding director of the Tinsley Institute, a mission study center at Morling College in Sydney, Australia. He is the author of more than a dozen books including Exiles and The Road to Missional. He lives in Sydney.

Rooted in Good Soil: Cultivating and Sustaining Authentic Discipleship

  • Author: Tri Robinson
  • Series: Shapevine
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 176

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Sustain your faith in a chaotic world. Just like a fruitful tree, authentic faith is the result of careful tending, the passage of time, and good growing conditions. According to Jesus’s parable of the sower, true belief takes root in good soil. But how is this truth translated into changed lives? Pastor and farmer Tri Robinson invites you to cultivate a deep and lasting faith through this insightful exploration of Jesus’s parable. In a culture that seems enamored with quick fixes and superficial amusements, Rooted in Good Soil will show you a more intentional and fulfilling way to live.

Tri Robinson helps me understand how God’s land, our life development, and the Lord’s ministry can be integrated. Like Jesus, he tells us stories that change our lives. I loved reading this book!

—Joel C. Hunter, senior pastor, Northland, A Church Distributed, Longwood, Florida

Tri Robinson’s vivid prose and rich metaphors make discipleship come alive. In story after story he reveals the power and beauty of God’s love and desire to personally engage us. I want to become the ‘spiritual horticulturalist’ that Rooted in Good Soil describes. Tri’s vulnerability and experiences jealously inspire me to more deeply surrender to Jesus. This is the real deal.

—Dave Workman, author, The Outward-Focused Life

I have liked and admired Tri Robinson for 20 years. In Rooted in Good Soil, he brings together the keen, curious, and sharp mind of a teacher; the wise experience of a farmer; the warm heart of a disciple; and the expert guidance of a veteran pastor. If you’re interested in how followership of Jesus really works, read this simple, enjoyable book.

—Todd Hunter, pastor, Holy Trinity Church, Costa Mesa, California

Rooted in Good Soil is a wonderfully warm and insightful book that gleans lessons on the Christian life from the rich soil of farming experiences in the Idaho Cascades. Tri Robinson is perfectly suited to the subject. He has an undergraduate degree in biology and has farmed the land for many years. He also has planted and pastored a thriving church, excelled in leadership, and discipled many new believers. This combination of horticultural knowledge and leadership experience has resulted in a delightful book for both the beginning traveler on the Christian way and the pilgrim who is a long way down the road.

—Berten A. Waggoner, national director, Vineyard USA

Don’t scoff at the idea of a pastor who is also a farmer writing about Jesus’ parable of the sower. Robinson is the real deal—a farmer who lived off the land for two decades, raising children with his wife and without electricity. . . . The book resonates with the injunction to live simply so others can simply live and has a profound simplicity of message and tone. . . . In a gently admonitory tone the author offers a radical call to all believers to join in the harvest of a healthy crop of followers in the fields of the Lord.

Publishers Weekly

Tri Robinson is the founding pastor of the Vineyard Boise Church and author of Saving God’s Green Earth: Rediscovering the Church’s Responsibility to Environmental Stewardship and Small Footprint, Big Handprint: How to Live Simply and Love Extravagantly. Tri and his wife, Nancy, manage an 80-acre farmstead at the base of Timber Butte, about an hour from Boise, Idaho.

Sacrilege: Finding Life in the Unorthodox Ways of Jesus

  • Author: Hugh Halter
  • Series: Shapevine
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 240

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What does it really mean to be like Jesus? It is safe to say most Christians do not live like Jesus did, have the same influence on people he had, or draw even the slightest curiosity from the onlooking world. Jesus’s ability to attract people and win their hearts was directly related to how he challenged their assumptions about religion. He not only gave them a unique, personal way to follow him but also showed them how to participate in his mission.

Sacrilege exposes the patterns of thinking that have held the church hostage for years and inspires you to rethink the way you understand Scripture, family, spiritual formation, conversion, church, sin, and more. Your faith may never be the same. And that’s a good thing.

Sacrilege is a refreshing book for those of us who want to know Jesus and who want to make Jesus known. Hugh Halter lives this out himself and in this book shares with us how to remove the barriers of religion and let people meet Jesus in us. Sacrilege is a handbook for living not just a missional life but a truly incarnational life. I recommend this book for every Christ follower.

—Dave Ferguson, lead pastor, Community Christian Church

I can’t say anything as clever or thought-provoking as this book that I’m trying to endorse. All I can say is that Hugh, in his fabulously engaging way, accomplishes the release of Christian theology from its church-centric focus back onto the streets—where it got its start and where it belongs. It’s like opening a window in a musty room to let in some fresh air.

—Reggie McNeal, missional leadership specialist, Leadership Network

Hugh Halter has written a carefully constructed theological Molotov cocktail which explodes false myths while it fires up the Christian imagination for truth, beauty, and goodness.

—Leonard Sweet, E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism, Drew University

Yet again, Hugh tips the sacred cows that need tipping and ruffles the feathers that need ruffling. This isn’t done through hyperbole or distortion but a genuine examination of Jesus’ life. Some will decide this is a controversial book, but in fact, Jesus was a controversial Savior. This is an honest retelling of Jesus’ unruly story with a simple call to be like him in a world where most prefer their cows untipped and their feathers unruffled.

—Jen Hatmaker, speaker and author

Hugh Halter is a church planter, pastor, consultant, and missionary to the US. He is the national director of Missio and is the lead architect of Adullam, a congregational network of missional communities in Denver, Colorado.

The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st-Century Church

  • Authors: Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch
  • Edition: Updated
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 288

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If ever there was a time for an innovative missionary effort in the West, it is now. The great paradox of our age is that while the need for the gospel has seldom been greater, the relevance of the church to the culture at large has seldom been less. With keen insight, The Shaping of Things to Come explores why the church needs to rebuild itself from the bottom up, presenting a clear understanding of how the church can change to face the unique challenges of the twenty-first century. Now thoroughly revised and updated with current case studies, this missional classic assesses the state of the church-and is still very much able to show us what lies ahead.

The Shaping of Things to Come . . . calls us forward to a grander view of the church-in-mission than the one to which we have become all too accustomed. I am personally grateful for this new edition.

—Mark Batterson, lead pastor, National Community Church

Not often does a title of a book prophesy itself. But The Shaping of Things to Come has shaped things to come in the global Christian world like perhaps no one book published in the past decade. It truly is a ‘classic,’ and this new edition promises to continue its tradition of shaking and shaping.

—Leonard Sweet, E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism, Drew University

One of those rare books that . . . gets deep into your psyche and alters your perspective on what it means to be the church today, what it means to follow Jesus on his adventurous mission.

—Dan Kimball, pastor, author, and Emerging Church movement leader

As we look at the depth and breadth of the missional movement, I continually direct people back to The Shaping of Things to Come. Things have definitely shaped around the concepts of this book, and it continues to be a plumbline for missional thought leadership and practice.

—Hugh Halter, church planter, pastor, consultant, and missionary

Michael Frost is the founding director of the Tinsley Institute, a mission study center at Morling College in Sydney, Australia. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including Exiles and The Road to Missional. He lives in Sydney.

Alan Hirsch is founding director of Forge Mission Training Network and leader of Future Travelers. He is the author of numerous books, including The Forgotten Ways and Untamed.

Untamed: Reactivating a Missional Form of Discipleship

  • Authors: Alan Hirsch and Debra Hirsch
  • Series: Shapevine
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 272

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It’s time to get serious about discipleship. In this provocative and compelling book, internationally known missiologists Alan and Debra Hirsch cast a dynamic vision of mission-shaped discipleship. Untamed exposes the idolatrous clutter that fills our lives and seeks to recapture what it means to be authentic followers of Jesus. Each chapter ends with suggested practices to help you start living out the book’s principles, as well as questions for group discussion.

Untamed is a desperately needed shot of spiritual adrenaline into our mild-mannered and mediocre attempts at following Christ.

—From the foreword by Rick Warren, founder and senior pastor, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA

Depending on who you read, Jesus has been represented (and reduced) to a social activist, a tortured reformer, or a cavalier teacher. Against the background, Untamed is refreshing, grounded, thoughtful . . . tantalizing.

—Reggie McNeal, missional leadership specialist, Leadership Network

The demand for an intelligible path toward discipleship is one of the greatest needs of the post-Christendom church. In Untamed, Alan and Debra deliver beautifully.

—Gabe Lyons, co-founder, Catalyst

In this bold, compelling, and inspiring work, Alan and Debra Hirsch . . . share with readers a captivating vision of the true Messiah. All who are unsatisfied with the boring safety of their tame Christianity need to read this book!

Greg Boyd, senior pastor, Woodland Hills Church, St. Paul, Minnesota

Alan Hirsch is founding director of Forge Mission Training Network and cofounder of Shapevine.com, an international forum for engaging with world-transforming ideas. Currently he leads an innovative learning program called Future Travelers which helps mega churches become missional movements. He is the author of numerous books, including The Forgotten Ways, and coauthor of Right Here, Right Now. Hirsch lives in the Los Angeles area.

Debra Hirsch is a minister at Tribe of LA, an eclectic bunch of missional artists and vagabonds in downtown LA. She is also on the leadership team of Christian Associates International, a church-planting agency working on three continents.

Product Details

  • Title: Baker Missional Collection
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Volumes: 13
  • Pages: 3,112