ChurchNext: Quantum Changes in How We Do Ministry

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InterVarsity Press, Mar 24, 2000 - Religion - 252 pages
A 2001 Christianity Today Book of the Year! What will the church be next? CHANGE IS NOW. Competition from nontraditional and Eastern religions join with the pressures of both modernism and postmodernism to squeeze Christianity. While new church models have sprung up to meet these challenges, they each have strengths and limitations. Eddie Gibbs, a well-known church strategist and practitioner, candidly analyzes these models while proposing nine areas in which the church will need to transform to be biblically true to its message and its mission to the world. With vigor and insight Gibbs shows how we can move from living in the past to engaging the present from being market driven to being mission oriented from following celebrities to encountering saints from holding dead orthodoxy to nurturing living faith from attracting a crowd to seeking the lost Here is a book that brings together deep understanding of the quantum shifts taking place in our culture along with concrete suggestions for implementing a proactive mission strategy.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
7
Introduction
9
From Living in the Past to Engaging with the Present
13
From Market Driven to Mission Oriented
36
From Bureaucratic Hierarchies to Apostolic Networks
65
From Schooling Professionals to Mentoring Leaders 92 4 From Schooling Professionals to Mentoring Leaders 5 From Following Celebrities to Enco...
125
From Dead Orthodoxy to Living Faith
146
From Attracting a Crowd to Seeking the Lost
172
From Belonging to Believing
193
From Generic Congregations to Incarnational Communities
217
Notes
240
Index of Names
250
Index of Subjects
251
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Eddie Gibbs is senior professor in the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and a senior adviser to the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology and the Arts. His seminars for church leaders about leadership in the emerging church have been held in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway, Australia, South Africa and around the United States. Gibbs has also written several books, including Good News Is for Sharing, Ten Growing Churches, In Name Only, ChurchNext, LeadershipNext and (with Ryan Bolger) Emerging Churches.

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