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Perfect for:

  • Church leaders
  • Staff and volunteers
  • Church members seeking alignment

In these pages you’ll:

  • Understand why current models of church are not reversing the course of church decline in the West
  • Appreciate how models can co-exist and work cooperatively on mission
  • Learn how churches can engage local communities as a united whole

About the Book

For better or worse, Jesus entrusted his mission to “make disciples of all nations” to us , and it starts in our own neighborhood. On the new missional frontier, being deep is not enough—God is calling forth some missional wild ones. We need to be deep and wild!

Across the United States and beyond, the God who makes all things new is up to something. Amid a Christian landscape that looks and feels like a desert of decline, new oases of the Spirit are springing forth. Inherited congregations with long histories and eep roots are experimenting with cultivating wild forms of church called “fresh expressions.”

Whereas revitalization often involves internal adjustments (an inside-out approach with better preaching, better coffee, better programs, etc.), remissioning through fresh expressions involves an outside-in approach. This book is a guide to help local church folks, the everyday heroes of the faith, make this much-needed journey toward vitality for the twenty-first century church.

Preview the introduction and first chapter here.

Get the condensed version of this book, perfect for teams here.

About the Author

Dr. Michael Beck is Director of Re-Missioning for Fresh Expressions US, Cultivator of Fresh Expressions for the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, and adjunct professor for the Doctor of Ministry program at United Theological Seminary. Michael serves as co-pastor of Wildwood United Methodist Church with his wife Jill, where they direct addiction recovery programs, a jail ministry, a food pantry, an interracial unity movement, and house a faith-based inpatient treatment center. Wildwood is a traditional congregation and a network of thirteen fresh expressions that gather in tattoo parlors, dog parks, salons, running tracks, community centers, and burrito joints.

Specs

  • Length: 8 chapters
  • Page count: 310
  • Video accompaniment: No

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