Ideas and Ways to Fuel Movement
THE CHURCH AS MOVEMENT
From the Foreword
“One of the strengths of the book derives from the fact that JR and Dan are reflective practitioners; they have both planted churches, are leading a wonderful new movement called V3, and have been training planters all across North America… Furthermore, their understanding of movement is wonderfully minimalist without being reductionist. The result is that it can be practiced by ordinary, everyday, Christians. It is here, in my opinion, that they activate the essence of movement—where everyone, regardless of race, gender, and class is an active agent in the game. Jesus movement is people movement!”
– Alan Hirsch
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Chapter 1: Movement Intelligence
Discover how to live into the vision of the church as a movement with a five-fold approach to leadership.
Chapter 2: Polycentric Leadership
Learn the messy yet beautiful approach to cultivating shared leadership.
Chapter 3: Being Disciples
Consider how to nourish an emotionally healthy life that is worth imitating
Chapter 4: Making Disciples
Explore how to build communities on mission through the vital work of instruction, imitation and immersion
Chapter 5: Missional Theology
Discover how the social and sending nature of God informs our way of being the church and joining God in the renewal of all things.
Chapter 6: Ecclesial Architecture
Consider how to craft a communal rule and rhythm of life that shapes your collective desire for God, each other and mission.
Chapter 7: Community Formation
Learn the sticky practices that help start and sustain life-giving shared-life in community.
Chapter 8: Incarnational Practices
Gain wisdom and schemas for how to be intentionally present to the people to whom God has sent you in your neighborhood.
“In The Church as Movement, White and Woodward rewrite what it means to cultivate and grow churches in the mission fields of post Christendom. Accomplishing the impossible, they provide an exhaustive preparation for those who dare to navigate this terrain. It’s a learning experience enormous in its aspirations yet so necessary for the task that lies ahead for the church in mission.”
BR Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology, Northern Seminary
Author Faithful Presence: Seven Disciplines That Shape the Church for Mission
“JR and Dan have produced a simple, intensely practical guide for those of us who want to shift from merely sustaining the ‘Religious Industrial Complex’ to unleashing a dynamic missional church planting movement. Church as Movement is full of ideas on missional discipleship, rhythms of life, cultural exegesis, fivefold leadership models and more, all anchored in a beautiful biblical vision of the sent-and-sending God.”
Author The Shaping of Things to Come, Exiles, and The Road to Missional.
“If you want to see the church through a radically different lens and recover the vision of how ordinary Christians, working together in the neighborhood, can become the greatest hope for change in these fractured and fragmented times, then this book is your guide.”
-Tim Soerens, Co-Founding Director of the Parish Collective; co-author ofThe New Parish
“Theologically and theoretically complex and robust, yet practically so transferable in its attentiveness to movement dynamics and awareness to places-based disciple making. This is a book that will surprise and challenge trained practitioners while offering tools that are adaptable enough for real movement. I believe even the title is a phrase that will become integral to the new vocabulary of church multiplication. I honestly wish I had written it myself!”
-Linda Bergquist, church planting catalyst and coach, San Francisco Bay Area, co-author, Church Turned Inside Out
“Practitioner led, biblically based, theologically sound, and movemental. In this book, JR and Dan have been able to navigate the line between missiology and strategy by presenting a team guide for discipleship and church planting. So buy this book, gather your friends together, and learn how to start a movement that will change your city!”
Director of Church Multiplication at NewChurches.com and co-author ofPlanting Missional Churches: Your Guide to Starting Churches that Multiply
JR Woodward (M.A. Global Leadership, Fuller Theological Seminary) desires to awaken people to join God in the renewal of all things, as one who is in need of renewal himself. He is a church planter, activist, missiologist and author of Creating a Missional Culture (IVP, 2012). He co-founded Kairos Los Angeles, the Solis Foundation and the Missio Alliance. He currently serves as the National Director for the V3 Church Planting Movement, and serves locally at the District Church in Washington D.C. He is pursuing his PhD at the University of Manchester (UK) in how a theology of the powers shapes a leaders approach to power and structure for mission. He loves to surf, travel, read, skateboard, and meet new people. He enjoys photography and film and tries to attend the Sundance Film Festival when he can.
Dan White Jr. co-leads Axiom Church, a developing network of missional communities in the urban neighborhoods of Syracuse, NY. Dan also works as a consultant and missional coach with the V3 Movement, which trains and plants new church expressions throughout the country. He also co-founded the Praxis Gathering, an annual gathering of more than two hundred on-the-ground missional practitioners. Dan is the author of Subterranean: Why the Future of the Church is Rootedness (Cascade), featured as Christianity Today’s Top Ten Ministry Books of 2015. Dan loves a good cup of coffee, a slow conversation and walking his beautiful neighborhood.