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The Missional Church in Perspective: Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation
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The Missional Church in Perspective: Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation

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Baker Academic 2011

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In this book, two leading ministry experts place the missional church conversation in historical perspective and offer fresh insights for its further development. They begin by providing a helpful review of the genesis of the missional church and offering an insightful critique of the Gospel and Our Culture Network’s seminal book Missional Church, which set the conversation in motion. They map the diverse paths this discussion has taken over the past decade, identifying four primary branches and 10 sub-branches of the conversation and placing over 100 published titles and websites into this framework. The authors then utilize recent developments in biblical and theological perspectives to strengthen and extend the conversation about missional theology, the church’s interaction with culture and cultures, and church organization and leadership in relation to the formation of believers as disciples. Professors, students, and church leaders will value this comprehensive overview of the missional movement. It includes a foreword by Alan J. Roxburgh.

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Key Features

  • Places the missional church conversation in a historical perspective
  • Offers fresh insights for further development of the missional church
  • Utilizes recent developments in biblical and theological perspectives


  • Concepts Influencing the Missional Church Conversation
  • Revisiting the Seminal Work Missional Church
  • Mapping the Missional Conversation
  • Expanding and Enriching the Theological Frameworks
  • Missional Engagement with Culture in a Globalized World
  • Missional Practices of Church Life and Leadership

Praise for the Print Edition

The missional church project endeavored to reconnect ecclesiology and missiology and identified the key convictions that undergirded the church in a post-Christendom, pluralistic world. In the years since, the term 'missional' has been adopted by a wide variety of traditions and attached to many add-on programs. This book brings much-needed clarity to a confused picture. It is no rehash of familiar material but rather breaks new ground and leaves the reader with an appetite for more!

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

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About the Authors

Craig Van Gelder is professor of congregational mission at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author or editor of a number of books, including The Essence of the Church, The Ministry of the Missional Church, A Field Guide for the Missional Congregation, and The Church between Gospel and Culture.

Dwight J. Zscheile is assistant professor of congregational mission and leadership at Luther Seminary and serves as associate rector at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul, Minnesota.