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This is not another book about how to do church better or how to just get people back into the pews. AND will equip you and all church leaders to value existing church forms while catalyzing a missional movement of incarnational people into the world for Jesus Christ.
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Hugh Halter is the national director of Missio, serving as a mentor to a global network of missional leaders and church planters. He is lead architect of Adullam, a congregational network of missional communities in Denver, Colorado www. Matt Smay serves as the director of the Missional Church Apprenticeship Practicum for Missio, where he works directly with church planters and existing church pastors as a mentor, coach, and consultant, and he is also a leader of Adullam.
Matt lives near Denver, Colorado, with his wife, Maren, and daughter, Maegan. He is an avid golfer, loves mountain biking and fly-fishing, and enjoys the outdoors with his family. The Gathered and Scattered Church. What would you like to know about this product? Please enter your name, your email and your question regarding the product in the fields below, and we'll answer you in the next hours.
In spite of the rapid growth of these prevailing church movements we are still losing ground, and the church in the west is in massive decline. Numerous studies and books have been written documenting the flight of members from the institutional church.
Yet the local church is Jesus' plan for reaching the world. The strength of the mega-church and multi-site models can be found in a strong emphasis on attracting people to the church, where they have an opportunity to encounter Jesus Christ. Yet many younger leaders are rejecting this model in favor of a more incarnational approach to ministry. These missional communities tend to focus their attention on trying to release people into ministry.
And: The Gathered and Scattered Church (Exponential Series)
In recent years a growing schism has emerged between those calling themselves incarnational leaders and those leading the prevailing church models. But what if we were able to incorporate the insights of both models into a cohesive understanding of the church? Can we bring together the very best of the attractional AND missional models for church ministry?
What is needed is not is another book about how to do church better. Our focus on the form church is misguided when the vast majority of unchurched Christians and non-believers aren't moving toward any form of church.
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Beautifully Sent will give permission for leaders to value existing church forms while catalyzing a missional movement of incarnational people into the world. Hugh Halter is the national director of Missio, serving as a mentor to a global network of missional leaders and church planters. He is lead architect of Adullam, a congregational network of missional communities in Denver, Colorado www.
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I just finished reading AND. Realizing that many of you will not either have or take the time to read it for yourself, I thought I would do a quick summary so you can get some of the blessing I received. The authors really have no dog in the fight between micro and macro versions of the church.
They are not pushing for mega or house church or anything in between. The purpose of this book is to help the reader see that no matter what expression of "church" with which you are affiliated, there must be both the gathering of God's people for encouragement, edification and vision impartation as well as the scattering or sending of the people of God into mission. In fact, it is our involvement in mission that increases our need and desire for gathering.
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The authors accidentally found themselves pastoring a missional church when a young lady from a group they were discipling unofficially asked them, "Are we a church? That answer crystallized his understanding of what God wants for "church. Instead he looks for ways for groups of believers to become "incarnational communities" in their personal contexts, becoming a safe haven where people can gather to experience kingdom Christianity and progress on their spiritual journey without having to navigate the obstacles presented by some of the more negative cultural forms of churchianity.
The book also gives possible solutions to help leaders morph their churches from consumer based attractional models to more missionally minded assemblies and provides ideas for developing disciples who will make disciples apprentices. Unless we become good at disciple making, we do not have a very bright future. The church has been satisfied with consumer oriented observers of ministry instead of having a passion to get our people into the game of reaching the lost.
There has to be a combination of the modalic gathering the people for pastoral purposes and the sodalic sending people on mission. If either gets out of balance, our expression and experience of the church suffers. Each church must honestly evaluate how well their gathering as a church links with their scattering. We hear the same kinds of cross-denominational, cross-network kingdom collaboration everywhere we go, and we are convinced that only those who seek out this level of partnership will survive in the future.
This brief summary does not do justice to the book which is written in a very readable and real style with lots of personal stories and humor. It has a bare knuckle approach to calling out what is wrong with us while at the same time conveying a deep love and appreciation for the church. I came away very encouraged and excited about our church's journey to greater missional focus. My hope is that you will read the book for yourself. Purchase the reviewer's book on Amazon. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The Gathered and Scattered Church "The church is beautiful when she is sent, and the sent church will always be beautiful when she gathers in a way that highlights and complements her sending nature.
Hugh Halter spends time at the beginning of this read with the basis for the book, which is God's sending story. He references Genesis 12, the story of Abram, as the launch of a people being given away for God's glory which is our benefit. He also begins to unfold the tension between the gathered culture and the scattered mission of the gospel. He offers the idea that God is protecting his daughter the church, yet knows that for the gospel message to spread it must be sent. The church will be called to scatter as well as gather. What is a key piece to the overall theme and sense of this book is that, normal Christ followers are set apart because of who God is and this requires a response to imitate Jesus and give our lives completely in gathering and sending.
Halter does not deny the difficulty, history or frustration most churches and their leadership are experiencing in the balancing of the gathered and sentness of the church.
Whether someone is geared more towards the gathered or scattered church focus of mission, both positions are a necessary tension for a disciple. Both positions strengthen one another, and as a combined form a more authentic practice in walking at Jesus followers united. The remainder of the book interacts with moving the church from gathered or scattered. You have to let Christ's mission dictate how you live.
The Gathered and Scattered Church. While geared mainly towards those leading churches, this is a great read for all Christians.
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I feel empowered with fresh ideas, new perspectives, and more optimism about what I can be doing for Christ. I found Hugh Halter and Matt Smay's "The Tangible Kingdom" extremely inspiring and practical and it finally gave me the courage to move ahead with this idea of missional community. So I was excited to see this new offering.