The present future : six tough questions for the church / Reggie McNeal.
By: McNeal, ReggieMaterial type: TextPublisher: San Francisco, CA : Jossey-Bass, c2003Edition: 1st edDescription: xviii, 151 p. ; 24 cmISBN: 0787965685 (alk. paper); 9780787965686 (alk. paper); 9780470453155 (pbk.); 047045315X (pbk.)Subject(s): Church renewal -- United StatesLOC classification: BV600.3 | .M36 2003Online resources: Contributor biographical information | Publisher description
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 149).
New reality one : the collapse of the church culture -- New reality two : the shift from church growth to Kingdom growth -- New reality three : a new reformation : releasing God's people -- New reality four : the return to spiritual formation -- New reality five : the shift from planning to preparation -- New reality six : the rise of apostolic leadership -- Things I didn't say.
In this provocative book, author, consultant, and church leadership developer Reggie McNeal debunks these and other old assumptions and provides an overall strategy to help church leaders move forward in an entirely different and much more effective way. McNeal identifies the six most important realities that church leaders must address including: recapturing the spirit of Christianity and replacing "church growth" with a wider vision of kingdom growth; developing disciples instead of church members; fostering the rise of a new apostolic leadership; focusing on spiritual formation rather than church programs; and shift, from prediction and planning to preparation for the challenges in an uncertain world. McNeal contends that by changing the questions church leaders ask themselves about their congregations and their plans, they can frame the core issues and approach the future with new eyes, new purpose, and new ideas.