In The Present Future, 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.
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I would consider this a christian leadership book but not your average christian leadership read. Reggie has a way of getting you to think beyond your own paradigm of ministry. He challenges the "the club" mentality of many churches and the stance of clergy who put up with that mentality and keep doing ministry but feel stuck in their job.
He spends a good portion of the book talking about ministry as it will happen in the future. His section on personal life coaching and seeing each person as an individual that has certain gifts and spheres of influences in which they can be on mission, was really good "out of the typical church paradigm" thinking.
If you are a traditional minister who likes what your doing in ministry and believes ministry can only be done one way this book could really rub you in the wrong way. For those that are looking for forward thinking and what will the church need to do to be relevant to this next generation you need to sink your teeth into this book.
Probably another christian leadership book. Not sure yet.
Probably the section on missional stategies and thinking.
So you think you now how to have church, think again.
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