Structured For Mission
The church is living in a time of massive, unprecedented change. Traditional institutions and structures are unraveling in response to rapid social, demographic and economic developments. The existing ways of being the church are no longer meaningful to many. How...
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The church is living in a time of massive, unprecedented change. Traditional institutions and structures are unraveling in response to rapid social, demographic and economic developments. The existing ways of being the church are no longer meaningful to many. How should the church respond?Many seek to address this situation by tweaking the established institutions, finding new structures, reorganizing congregations or renewing long-established practices. Some even argue that we need to abandon structures and institutions altogether. We regularly hear proposals for missional churches, organic churches, simple churches, fresh expressions churches and so on.Alan Roxburgh argues that we need to look deeper. Structures embody the core narratives that shape how people see the world. We cannot simply replace old institutions with new ones. We need to examine the underlying stories, metaphors and cultures that give organizations their meaningfulness. The crisis of the church today is a crisis not of institution but of imagination.In Structured for Mission, Roxburgh challenges the church to become a place where people are empowered to reimagine their religious life and experiment with new ways of being the church in a local context. We are living in a brave new world. Will the church be ready?
Alan J. Roxburgh is a teacher, trainer and consultant who works with Allelon and internationally framing resources for the missional church. He coordinates an international project involving leaders from twelve nations who are examining leadership formation in a globalized world. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including The Missional Church, The Missional Leader and Leadership, Liminality and the Missionary Congregation, and Reaching a New Generation. He and his wife Jane live in Vancouver, Canada, and have three grown children. He can be reached at his website, alanroxburgh.net.
- The Church Is Living In A Time Of Massive, Unprecedented Change. Traditional Institutions And Structures Are Unraveling In Response To Rapid Social, Demographic And Economic Developments. The Existing Ways Of Being The Church Are No Longer Meaningful To Many. How Should The Church Respond?many Seek To Address This Situation By Tweaking The Established Institutions, Finding New Structures, Reorganizing Congregations Or Renewing Long-established Practices. Some Even Argue That We Need To Abandon Structures And Institutions Altogether. We Regularly Hear Proposals For <em>missional</em> Churches, <em>organic</em> Churches, <em>simple</em> Churches, <em>fresh Expressions</em> Churches And So On.alan Roxburgh Argues That We Need To Look Deeper. Structures Embody The Core Narratives That Shape How People See The World. We Cannot Simply Replace Old Institutions With New Ones. We Need To Examine The Underlying Stories, Metaphors And Cultures That Give Organizations Their Meaningfulness. The Crisis Of The Church Today Is A Crisis Not Of Institution But Of Imagination.in <em>structured For Mission</em>, Roxburgh Challenges The Church To Become A Place Where People Are Empowered To Reimagine Their Religious Life And Experiment With New Ways Of Being The Church In A Local Context. We Are Living In A Brave New World. Will The Church Be Ready?
- <strong>part I: The Loss Of Place</strong>
- Introduction: Three Stories, Three Structures1. The Place Of Structures In The Midst Of Massive Change2. Structures Embody Our Deeply Held Stories3. Structure And Institutions4. Reevaluating Structure And Spirit5. Legitimating Narratives: Structures And The Churches In The Twentieth Century6. Changing Legitimacy?changing Frameworks
- <strong>part Ii: Reframing Our Imagination</strong>
- 7. Metaphors And Imagination8. The Hub And Spoke9. Changing The Culture Of The Denominations10. From Here To There11. Journeying Into The New Space12. Who Needs Structures?scripture Indexsubject Index