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

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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.

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  • Provides an introduction to missional thought leadership and practice
  • Reawakens latent apostolic imagination
  • Advocates for a wholesale change in the way Christians are doing and being the church
  • Part One: The Shape We’re In
    • Evolution or Revolution?
    • The Missional Church
  • Part Two Incarnational Ecclesiology
    • The Incarnational Approach
    • The Shape of the Missional Church
    • The Contextualized Church
    • Whispering to the Soul
  • Part Three Messianic Spirituality
    • The God of Israel and the Renewal of Christianity
    • Action as Sacrament
    • The Medium Really Is the Message
  • Part Four Apostolic Leadership
    • The Genius of APEST
    • Imagination and the Leadership Task
    • Organizing the Revolution
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

  • Title: The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st-Century Church
  • Authors: Michael Frost (minister), Alan Hirsch
  • Edition: Revised and Updated
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Print Publication Date: 2013
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Church; Church work
  • ISBNs: 9781441257222, 9780801014918
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2020-04-24T16:54:17Z

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.

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.