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The Faith of Leap: Embracing a Theology of Risk, Adventure & Courage

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The Faith of Leap: Embracing a Theology of Risk, Adventure & Courage

The two leading voices in the missional church urge pastors and ministry leaders to risk it all in order to live out an adventurous relationship with Jesus.As Helen Keller observed, "Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."

To Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch, so much of how we have learned to experience and understand the faith has been divorced from the overarching adventure inherent in our God and in our calling. This book is a corrective to the dull, adventureless, risk-free phenomenon that describes so much of contemporary Christianity. It explores the nature of adventure, risk, and courage and the implications for church, discipleship, spirituality, and leadership.Put the adventure back in the venture.

So much of our lives is caught up in the development and maintenance of security and control. But as Helen Keller observed, "Security is mostly a superstition. . . . Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." And when our only experience of Christianity is safe and controlled, we miss the simple fact that faith involves risk.

In The Faith of Leap, Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch challenge you to leave the idol of security behind and courageously live the adventure that is inherent in our God and in our calling. Their corrective to the dull, adventureless, risk-free phenomenon that describes so much of contemporary Christianity explores the nature of adventure, risk, and courage and the implications for church, discipleship, spirituality, and leadership.

"Very thoughtful and chock-full of insight and practical advice, this brilliant book reminds us that we can--in fact, we must--substitute another narrative for the security-obsessed one that normally drives us if we wish to truly live!"--Reggie McNeal, missional leadership specialist, Leadership Network; author of The Present Future and Missional Renaissance

"You've got two pockets. Stick in one of your pockets your Bible and in the other The Faith of Leap. You're ready. Now go."--Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University; author of One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow

"Hirsch and Frost use their manifold gifts to show us why and how adventure, risk, and courage are at the very heart of living life together in God's Mission."--David Fitch, author of The End of Evangelicalism? Discerning a New Faithfulness for Mission; B. R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology, Northern Seminary

"This is, in my opinion, Hirsch and Frost's best work to date and is must reading for anyone who wants to release missional movements."--Neil Cole, author of several books including Ordinary Hero, Church 3.0, Journeys to Significance, and Organic LeadershipMichael Frost is vice principal of Morling College; founding director of the Tinsley Institute at Morling college in Sydney, Australia; and a Baptist minister. He is the author of Jesus the Fool, Seeing God in the Ordinary, and Exiles, and the coauthor of The Shaping of Things to Come. He lives in Australia.

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 Forgotten Ways, and coauthor of Untamed and Right Here, Right Now. Hirsch lives in the Los Angeles area.

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The two leading voices in the missional church urge pastors and ministry leaders to risk it all in order to live out an adventurous relationship with Jesus.As Helen Keller observed, "Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."

To Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch, so much of how we have learned to experience and understand the faith has been divorced from the overarching adventure inherent in our God and in our calling. This book is a corrective to the dull, adventureless, risk-free phenomenon that describes so much of contemporary Christianity. It explores the nature of adventure, risk, and courage and the implications for church, discipleship, spirituality, and leadership.Put the adventure back in the venture.

So much of our lives is caught up in the development and maintenance of security and control. But as Helen Keller observed, "Security is mostly a superstition. . . . Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." And when our only experience of Christianity is safe and controlled, we miss the simple fact that faith involves risk.

In The Faith of Leap, Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch challenge you to leave the idol of security behind and courageously live the adventure that is inherent in our God and in our calling. Their corrective to the dull, adventureless, risk-free phenomenon that describes so much of contemporary Christianity explores the nature of adventure, risk, and courage and the implications for church, discipleship, spirituality, and leadership.

"Very thoughtful and chock-full of insight and practical advice, this brilliant book reminds us that we can--in fact, we must--substitute another narrative for the security-obsessed one that normally drives us if we wish to truly live!"--Reggie McNeal, missional leadership specialist, Leadership Network; author of The Present Future and Missional Renaissance

"You've got two pockets. Stick in one of your pockets your Bible and in the other The Faith of Leap. You're ready. Now go."--Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University; author of One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow

"Hirsch and Frost use their manifold gifts to show us why and how adventure, risk, and courage are at the very heart of living life together in God's Mission."--David Fitch, author of The End of Evangelicalism? Discerning a New Faithfulness for Mission; B. R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology, Northern Seminary

"This is, in my opinion, Hirsch and Frost's best work to date and is must reading for anyone who wants to release missional movements."--Neil Cole, author of several books including Ordinary Hero, Church 3.0, Journeys to Significance, and Organic LeadershipMichael Frost is vice principal of Morling College; founding director of the Tinsley Institute at Morling college in Sydney, Australia; and a Baptist minister. He is the author of Jesus the Fool, Seeing God in the Ordinary, and Exiles, and the coauthor of The Shaping of Things to Come. He lives in Australia.

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 Forgotten Ways, and coauthor of Untamed and Right Here, Right Now. Hirsch lives in the Los Angeles area.
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As Helen Keller observed, "Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."

To Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch, so much of how we have learned to experience and understand the faith has been divorced from the overarching adventure inherent in our God and in our calling. This book is a corrective to the dull, adventureless, risk-free phenomenon that describes so much of contemporary Christianity. It explores the nature of adventure, risk, and courage and the implications for church, discipleship, spirituality, and leadership.

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Meet the Authors

Michael Frost

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.

Alan Hirsch

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.

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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.
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  • Catalogue Code 324704
  • Product Code 9781441234247
  • ISBN 1441234241
  • EAN 9781441234247
  • Department General Books
  • Category Christian Living
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Baker Book House
  • Publication Date Apr 2011
  • Sales Rank #71333
  • DRM Adobe
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