Beyond the Local Church
:Many people have given up on the church. But that doesn't mean that they've given up on God or Christianity. In many cases, it was merely that local church congregations were not the best context for missional people to live...
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:Many people have given up on the church. But that doesn't mean that they've given up on God or Christianity. In many cases, it was merely that local church congregations were not the best context for missional people to live out their sense of God's call.The good news is that God is raising up vibrant movements of Christians in a vast array of vocations around the world: disciple-making ministries, missions, relief and development, social activism, advocacy and much more. These are all strategic ways to live for the kingdom?in venues beyond the local church.Wherever movements of the gospel have occurred, visionary people and apostolic structures have been essential. Mission leader Sam Metcalf shows how God has always worked through entrepreneurial individuals and organizations that launched out in fresh ways. He gives biblical and missiological foundations for missional movements, showing that what has often been called "parachurch" is an equally valid manifestation of the church. Affirming the strengths of apostolic personalities, Metcalf shows how they can be deployed to cross cultural barriers, renew secular societies and transform the nations with the power of the gospel.God may be inviting you to join what he is doing around the world. Answer the call and discover how God can use you beyond your imagination.
Sam Metcalf is president of CRM, a worldwide ministry focused on pioneering new ground among the unreached and unchurched, bringing lasting transformation among the poor and mobilizing the church for mission. He also coordinates CoNext, a global partnership of CRM-like entities in eleven nations. Sam holds a master's degree from the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Seminary and a doctorate from the Fuller School of Theology. He and his wife Patty live in southern California and have two children and three grandchildren.
- :forewordintroduction1. The Power Of A Balanced Anatomythe Biblical Genius And Design For Apostolic Structures And Movements2. Limping Or Leaping Through Timethe Encouragement Of Apostolic Missionality In History3. Mother Teresa Wasn't A "para-catholic"!why "parachurch" Is A Dirty Word4. So What Is "apostolic"?the Oft-neglected Essential To Authentic Missionality5. Holy Discontent And Sanctified Ambitionthe Apostolic Imperative Of Ephesians 6. Setting Visionaries Freepioneering As A Second Decision Entrepreneur7. Finding Second Decision Peoplehow To Engage And Release Apostolic Leaders8. Running Together!the Exponential Leverage Of Interdependence9. Movements Of Godthe Extraordinary Results Of Apostolic Gifting Lived Out In Apostolic Structures10. The Momentum Of Movementsto Kill Or To Multiply, That Is The Questionconclusion: Be A History Shaperacknowledgments