The Shaping of Things to Come
Nominated for the Christianity Today 2004 Book of the Year Award in the Mission/Global Affairs category ^Nominated for the 2004 Christian Book of the Year Award in Australia ^^In The Shaping of Things to Come the Australians...
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Nominated for the Christianity Today 2004 Book of the Year Award in the Mission/Global Affairs category
^Nominated for the 2004 Christian Book of the Year Award in Australia
^^In The Shaping of Things to Come the Australians Frost and Hirsch present an innovative vision of how the church can be more relevant and responsive to the spiritual hunger seen in the Western world.
This compelling book investigates churches throughout Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and the USA that are creative, progressive and imaginative in their approaches to community, spiritual growth, and outreach.
^^"It is especially helpful to have an Australian perspective on the twenty-first century missional church as these two authors are engaged in church planting in one of the most secularized societies in the Western world. Their contribution brings an in-depth theological reflection as well as providing a broad scope informed by their extensive reading in theology, culture and mission as well as their on-site visits to missional churches in the USA and the United Kingdom. Furthermore, (the authors) are not armchair-theorists but are engaged in innovative and risk-taking ventures in church planting and the mentoring of leaders to extend this strategic ministry. Their contribution to the literature is as substantial as it is engaging."
^Eddie Gibbs, Donald A. McGavran Professor of Church Growth, Fuller Theological Seminary
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.
Michael Frost (D.Min) is Vice-Principal and Professor of Evangelism and Missions at Morling College in Sydney, Australia - and a Baptist Minister. He is the author of Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture; Jesus the Fool: The Mission of the Unconventional Christ; Seeing God in the Ordinary: A Theology of the Everyday and the co-author of The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st-Century Church and ReJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church.