There is a new trend afoot, one that goes against the prevailing Western model, influenced by the values and principles of international commerce. Presented here are five "signs of life," showcased by this network of movements best referred to as...
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There is a new trend afoot, one that goes against the prevailing Western model, influenced by the values and principles of international commerce. Presented here are five "signs of life," showcased by this network of movements best referred to as "new friars."
^^God's kingdom in the hands of the people of God, the contributors to this book show us, is first and foremost incarnational, which leads necessarily to gospel witness that is devotional, communal, missional and marginal. With a survey of the history of new friar movements and commentary by forerunner, this seminal book, edited by Scott A. Bessenecker, paints a picture of mission that is new only because it has been neglected for so long, a mission that is truly good news to the people in its path. With contributions from Viv Grigg, Craig and Nayhouy Greenfield, Derek Engdahl, Jean-Luc Krieg, Chris Heuertz, Darren Prince, Jose Penate Aceves, John Hayes and Ash Barker, this book brings together a chorus of voices at the front lines of what God is doing through the new friar community.
Scott Bessenecker is Director of Global Projects for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He holds a Masters in International Development from William Carey International University.
Scott has written from a holistic Christian perspective for publications likeRelevant and Mission Maker magazines and edited the book Quest for Hope in the Slum Community. His active weblog is at www.thenewfriars.com.
He is currently writing a piece of fantasy fiction to portray the dichotomy of a privileged society living alongside impoverished people. Young characters who are radically committed to those at the margins have a central role in the book. These fictional protagonists are drawn from the actual people featured in Scott's Likewise book The New Friars: The Emerging Movement Serving the World's Poor. and How to Inherit the Earth: Submitting Ourselves to a Servant Savior.
- Foreword, Shane Claiborne And Jonathan Wilson-hartgrove
- 1 A New Wineskin, Scott Bessenecker
- 2 Hovering Spirit, Creative Voice, Empowered Transformation: A Retrospective, Viv Grigg
- 3 Incarnational: The First Sign, Craig And Nayhouy Greenfield
- 4 Missional: The Second Sign, Derek Engdahl And Jean-luc Krieg
- 5 Marginal: The Third Sign, Chris Heuertz And David Chronic
- 6 Devotional: The Fourth Sign, Phileena Heuertz And Darren Prince
- 7 Communal: The Fifth Sign, Jos Peate Aceves And John Hayes
- Epilogue: Challenges And Possibilities For A New Generation Of Mission Workers, Ash Barker
- About The Contributors