The Forgotten Ways Handbook
In his bestselling missional book The Forgotten Ways, internationally known missional church expert Alan Hirsch offered a vision for the future growth of the church coming about by harnessing the power of the early church. The Forgotten Ways Handbook...
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In his bestselling missional book The Forgotten Ways, internationally known missional church expert Alan Hirsch offered a vision for the future growth of the church coming about by harnessing the power of the early church. The Forgotten Ways Handbook now moves beyond theory to practice, offering ways for any missionally minded person to apply the ideas contained in The Forgotten Ways to their life and ministry.
^^This intensely practical handbook includes many helpful tools: summary sections encapsulating the ideas contained in each chapter in a popular way; suggested practices to help readers embed missional paradigms concretely; and adult learning-based techniques and examples from other churches and organizations that enable readers to process and assimilate the ideas in a group context.
"The business of engaging in mission to the West begins with a new imagination or, as Alan says, ''a new way of thinking.'' Imagination and thought need to be grounded in practical reality. Alan and Darryn use the classic action learning model to great effect in making profound concepts useful in the art of movement making. I like the realism which says, don''t try all of these ideas at once but use them as suggestions. This workbook could be the most helpful tool you will acquire this year."--Martin Robinson, Together in Mission"At last, a practical guide for missional leaders! In this unique work, you have not only a wealth of real-life leadership ideas, reflections, and practices but also a deep reservoir of biblical insights that will position you and your community in the center of where God is and where he''s taking the church."--Hugh Halter, author of The Tangible Kingdom "It seems that in every book he writes, Alan Hirsch puts into words what God''s Spirit is breathing into the church today. The Forgotten Ways Handbook is a wonderful tool to help leaders translate the timeless truths on which the church is built into anointed actions that bring the authentic church to life again in this generation."--Steven M. Pike, Assemblies of God Church Multiplication Network"My friend Alan is a true genius. In The Forgotten Ways, he set out the needed impulses and environmental ingredients to catalyze a true missional movement. In this handbook, he breaks it down into simple steps that can open our eyes to see what is missing and what is working. This is not just another repackaging of content to sell more books. This is actually advancing the concepts and bringing them down into the place where they can truly ignite change. If you read The Forgotten Ways and found yourself excited but were left wondering how do I do this? you need to read and distribute this book."--Neil Cole, author of Organic Leadership"The Forgotten Ways Handbook is a crucial tool for every church planter and missional leader. This is a must read for every leader and team who wants to develop the necessary habits and practices to insure your community is on the Jesus Mission. I''m looking forward to going through this with my team!"--Dave Ferguson, author of The Big Idea"Two years ago, I insisted that Church Planting Canada get my friend Alan Hirsch to come to Canada and speak out of his experience about where the church was going. The Shaping of Things to Come had been an influential book in Canada, and I knew of the soon-to-come release of The Forgotten Ways and the impact that this book would have on our efforts to become more missional in this country. Time has proven that I grossly underestimated both the impact of Alan''s words at our national event and the impact of The Forgotten Ways in our country.For too long there has been talk about the missional church without enough discussion about how it is worked out in local communities of faith. Now with the release of Alan''s The Forgotten Way''s Handbook, the conversation is changing. Although I will of course recommend it to the national circles I am fortunate to be a part of, I will be much more selfish. I will get copies for the leaders in our church and immediately begin to use it for their development, and the unleashing of a fresh imagination for us as a community. The emphasis on Jesus as Lord is crucial for disciples in the Canadian context. The discussion of moving from values to practices is essential. Avoiding the suggested exercises in each of the components of the Apostolic Genius will cost the reader more than they can imagine.The times are changing, and although we will need to continue to think deeply in areas of theology, missiology, and ecclesiology, we need to gain a fresh imagination on what this could look like in our congregations. We have talked a missional language, but been stuck in our practices from Christendom. This book is an essential first step in moving from maintenance to a truly mi
Alan Hirsch is founding director of Forge Mission Training Network and cofounder of Shapevine.com, an international forum for engaging with world-transforming ideas. Currently he leads an innovative learning program called Future Travelers which helps megachurches become missional movements. He is the author of numerous books, including: The Shaping of things to Come; The Forgotten Ways; The Forgotten Ways Handbook; Untamed and Right Here, Right Now. Hirsch lives in the Los Angeles area.
He is currently co-writing four books to be released in 2011:
Right Here, Right Now with Lance Ford is being published through Baker Books and will provide a nuts and bolts approach to the missional lifestyle. The appeal is to the average Christian and away from Hirschs traditional leadership audience. On the Verge with Dave Ferguson integrates the missional movement with current models of church in the West. The 2011 Exponential Conference, a conference with the theme by the same name, will utilize this book as a centerpiece to bring missional ideology to established churches. The Permanent Revolution with Tim Catchim will be released at the 2011 Exponential Conference as well. This book elaborates on the apostolic element of mDNA by focusing on APEST, the five-fold ministry model from Ephesians 4, and its significance for the missional movement. The Faith of Leap with Michael Frost is a book concerning a theology of risk and adventure and its implications for church, mission, leadership and spirituality. -Editorial Review.