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Missional Renewal Toolkit

The Missional Renewal Commission is seeking to gather a list of resources which will assist local congregations as they seek ways to take the ministry and message of Jesus Christ into their local communities. 

The E-3 Dynamic Church Movement

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 E-3 is a new strategy to strengthen congregations, including their ability to attract and retain new members.  This movement offers  five modules which will work in any congregation which has a true commitment to real change on the part of clergy and lay leadership.    Each module includes:

  • a guidebook
  • the availability of telephone and e-mail coaching to the congregation by a person familiar with the module and with congregational life
  • and resources appropriate to the module that are designed for use on a congregation-wide basis.

 For more information call 800-774-3360.


Missional Church Bibliography

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  • Missional:Joining God in the Neighborhood. By Alan J. Roxburgh. Grand Rapids, MI: BakerBooks -- Allelon Series. 2001

  • Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America (The Gospel and Our Culture Series) by Darrell L. Guder and Lois Barret (Editors) Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1998.
  • Introducing the Missional Church: What it is, why it matters and how to become one. Roxburgh and Boran, Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2009.
  • The Missional Leader: Equipping Your Church to Reach a Changing World. Roxburgh and Romanuk, San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2006.
  • Missional Map-Making: Skills for Leading in Times of Transition. by Alan J. Roxburgh, San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass 2010.
  • The Continuing Conversion of the Church (The Gospel and Our Culture Series) by Darrell L. Guder, Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2000.
  • Evangelical, Ecumenical, and Anabaptist Missiologies in Conversation. Krabill, James R., Walter Sawatsky, and Charles Van Engen, ed. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1991.
  • Confident Witness-Changing World: Rediscovering the Gospel in North America (Gospel and Our Culture Series) by Craig Van Gelder (Editor) Grand Rapids, MI: eerdmans, 1999.
  • Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission (American Society of Missiology Series, NO. 16) by David Jacobus Bosch Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1991.
  • StormFront: The Good News of God (Gospel and Our Culture) by James V. Brownson Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2003.

  • Treasure in Clay Jars: Patterns in Missional Faithfulness (The Gospel  and our Culture Series) by Lois Y. Barrett (Editor) Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2004.
  • The Church Between Gospel and Culture: The Emerging Mission in North America (Gospel & Our Culture) by George R.Hunsberger and Craig Van Gelder (Editors) Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans
  • Crossing the Bridge by Alan Roxburgh, Precept Group, 2000.
  • The Missionary Congregation, Leadership & Liminality (Christian Mission and Modern Culture) by Alan J. Roxburgh, Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 1997.
  • Shaped by God's Heart: the Passion and Practices of Missional Churches by Milfred Minatrea, San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2004.
  • The Open Secret by Leslie Newbigin, Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans 1978, 1995.
  • The Gospel in a Pluralist Society by Leslie Newbigin, Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. 1989.
  • Constructing Local Theologies by Robert J. Schreiter, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis 2008.
  • Models of Contextual Theology by Stephen Bevans, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis 2009.
  • Doing Local Theology: A Guide for Artisans of a New Humanity by Clemens Sedmak, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis 2002.

  • Contextualization in the New Testament: Patterns for Theology and Mission by Dean Flemming, Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2005.
  • Studying Congregations by Nancy T. Ammerman, Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1998.
  • Missional Church in Perspective, Craig Van Grider: Swight J. Zscheike.








What is a Missional Church?

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A 2-minute explanation by Jeff Maguire (and friends) of what a "missional church" is.

Wonder & Word

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Published by Bethany Theological Seminary 2010. Posted with permission.

This  fall/winter 2010 publication of Bethany Theological Seminary focuses on the missional church. Many excellent articles describe what makes a missional church unique. 

Renew 52

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Renew 52: 50+ Ideas to Revitalize Your Congregation from Leaders under 50 is a free e-book, edited by David J. Lose, that features short essays from 54 Christian leaders in 15 different traditions.

The authors are guided by the conviction that congregations are the primary place where the Spirit is at work for the renewal of the church. 

Pick one essay or read them all -- and revitalize your congregation!

The Church After Christendom

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