Missional Map-Making: Skills for Leading in Times of Transition (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series)

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Book by Roxburgh Alan

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Guidance for church leaders to develop their own maps and chart new paths toward stronger, more vibrant, and more missional congregations In the burgeoning missional church movement, churches are seeking to become less focused on programs for members and more oriented toward outreach to people who are not already in church. This fundamental shift in what a congregation is and does and thinks is challenging for leaders and congregants. Using the metaphor of map-making, the book explains the perspective and skills needed to lead congregations and denominations in a time of radical change over unfamiliar terrain as churches change their focus from internal to external. Offers a clear guide for leaders wanting to transition to a missional church model Written by Alan Roxburgh, a prominent expert and practitioner in the missional movement Guides leaders seeking to create new maps for leadership and church organization and focus A Volume in the popular Leadership Network Series This book is written to be accessible to all Christian congregational styles and denominations.

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"Roxburgh continues to move the missional conversation forward! His Missional Map-Making creatively builds on his previous publications by offering critical perspective on how to navigate the overwhelming complexity of today's world. This important book provides insightful historical perspective toward clarifying the contours of our present landscape, while also being deeply instructive for helping reflective and courageous Christians develop skills for creating new maps toward participating more faithfully in God's mission."

Craig Van Gelder, Ph.D., professor of congregational mission, Luther Seminary

"What if a leader, contra modern expectations, is not to provide dependable predictions, vision, answers, strategic plans, and operational control? Roxburgh claims these modern ways, based on outdated maps, blind us to reality, stifle churches, and result in misplaced efforts, deepening disappointment, and fatigue. Instead, leaders are to be cartographers in a new terrain, shaping churches in which map-makers multiply as God is encountered in biblical texts and local contexts. Roxburgh challenges us with cultural studies and theology so that we gain needed capacities for shaping generative environments in which the Gospel's truth and power forms a people in and for God's mission. Pastors, judicatory leaders, and students need to engage this book."

Rev. Mark Lau Branson, Ed.D., Homer Goddard Associate Professor of Ministry of the Laity, Fuller Theological Seminary

"The issue of leadership is critical in a time of rapid cultural change. Alan Roxburgh helps us with a vital image in the critical quest to recast a leadership approach for our times. The skill of map-making rather than just reading the maps we have goes to the heart of the matter. This is a hugely creative and needed book to help us remake the New Christian West."

Martin Robinson, national director, Together in Mission, and author, Faith of the Unbeliever and Invading Secular Space

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