Across North America, many pastors are excited to see churches growing as they achieve their mission to connect the message of the gospel with the community at large. Still others are equally frustrated, following the exact same model...
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Across North America, many pastors are excited to see churches growing as they achieve their mission to connect the message of the gospel with the community at large. Still others are equally frustrated, following the exact same model for outreach but with lesser results. Indeed, just because a "missional breakthrough" occurs in one place doesn't mean it will happen the same way elsewhere.
One size does not fit all, but there are cultural codes that must be broken for all churches to grow and remain effective in their specific mission context. Breaking the Missional Code provides expert insight on church culture and church vision casting, plus case studies of successful missional churches impacting their communities.
"We have to recognize there are cultural barriers (in addition to spiritual ones) that blind people from understanding the gospel," the authors write. "Our task is to find the right way to break through those cultural barriers without removing the spiritual and theological ones."
Ed Stetzer (D.Min., Beeson Divinity School; Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) has planted churches in New York, Pennsylvania, and Georgia and transitioned declining churches in Indiana and Georgia. He has trained pastors and church planters on five continents. Ed served for three years as a seminary professor at the Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and has taught at fifteen other seminaries. He is currently the Director of Lifeway Research and Lifeway's Missiologist in Residence.
He has written the following books: Planting New Churches in a Postmodern Age (2003), Perimeters of Light: Biblical Boundaries for the Emerging Church (with Elmer Towns, 2004),Strategic Outreach (with Eric Ramsey, 2005),Breaking the Missional Code (with David Putman, 2006), Planting Missional Churches (2006), Comeback Churches (with Mike Dodson, 2007), 11 Innovations in the Local Church (with Elmer Towns and Warren Bird, 2007), and most recently Lost and Found (Broadman), 2009).
Koorong -Editorial Review.
David Putman serves as a pastor at Mountain Lake Church in Atlanta, Georgia, where he focuses on issues related to growing the churchs impact in its community and around the world. He also trains, coaches, and consults with new churches across North America and is a cofounder of ChurchPlanters.com. His books include "Breaking the Missional Code" (with Ed Stetzer) and "Breaking the Discipleship Code". David and his wife Tami have two children. ý