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Missional: Joining God in the Neighborhood

Alan Roxburgh

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“Toward Radical Neighborliness

A review of

Missional: Joining God in the Neighborhood.
By Alan Roxburgh.

Review by Chris Smith.


MISSIONAL - Joining God in the Neighborhood - Alan RoxburghMissional: Joining God in the Neighborhood.
Alan Roxburgh.
Paperback: Baker Books, 2011.
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Alan Roxburgh, in his new book Missional: Joining God in the Neighborhood, sure knew how to stir up the fire of my inner critic.  Longtime readers of The Englewood Review will know that ecclesiology is pretty important to me, and that I regularly challenge a lack thereof in books I review here.  So, when Roxburgh launches into the first part of this new book, which he titles, “Why we have to stop thinking about the church,” you can bet that I was ready for a vehement reaction.  Even as I started reading this part of the book, I was still pretty skeptical of the way in which he wanted to de-emphasize the church and “church questions” in our following after God.  However, I continued to hear him build his case and began to see that he shared a deep love for the church, and actually in de-emphasizing the church, was naming a particular problem that is a pointed challenge for us at Englewood Christian Church, as I imagine it is at many other churches – viz., the pursuit of church as an end in itself and way of life together centered around attractional techniques.  This problem is epitomized in a conversation that Roxburgh recounts in the book:

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“Getting us Back to the Basics
in a Generative, Transformational Way”


A Review of

Missional Map-Making:
Skills For Leading In Times Of Transition
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Alan J. Roxburgh.

Hardback: Jossey-Bass, 2010.
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Reviewed by Chris Enstad.

“The times they are a-changin’,”  goes the old song.  Societies experience periods of great displacement and uncertainty all the time.  It is easy to fall into the trap that the current economic distress being felt by nearly everyone in this country is a unique thing but that would not be the case.  When times like these do happen it is always good to have people like Alan Roxburgh on hand to put some kind of frame around it and then help lead the leaders into new territory.

Roxburgh’s new book, Missional Map-Making: Skills for Leading in Times of Transition, is just such a book.  Using the image of a map, Roxburgh sets the stage for building an apparatus for leadership in the church when it seems that things are happening much too fast and one’s sense of hope can easily be discouraged.

The maps that we were used to in this country are no longer valid and what is required are new map-makers.  Leaders are required who can lead in this “in-between” time to a new way of being the church.  Those who insist that the old maps will work again aren’t going to find a lot for them in this book but those who are thirsty for some traction will read it and share it among their own congregational leadership and other church leaders as well.

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