Innovation and Mission for the 21st Century Church. Christendom is dying and needs to be removed from its life-support system. This missional classic has been thoroughly revised and updated. Starting with this frank assessment of the current church, Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch present an alternative model for ministry in today's postmodern world. Instead of mourning the demise of the Western church as the center of society, the authors explain how the church can be reborn through incarnational mission, messianic spirituality, and apostolic structure. Church leaders who heed the authors call will see death turned into new life through the creation of a vital, missional church.
In a time when the need for and the relevance of the Gospel has seldom been greater, the relevance of the church has seldom been less. The Shaping of Things to Come explores why the church needs to rebuild itself from the bottom up. Frost and Hirsch present a clear understanding of how the church can change to face the unique challenges of the twenty-first century. (publisher)
"Not often does a title of a book prophesy itself. But The Shaping of Things to Come has shaped things to come in the global Christian world like perhaps no one book published in the past decade. It truly is a 'classic,' and this new edition promises to continue its tradition of shaking and shaping." --Leonard Sweet, author, professor
"The Shaping of Things to Come has been a window of hope and motivational boost for bringing change to the church for so many of us. Just when we were about to lose hope in today's organized church, Mike and Alan show us that perhaps we unintentionally developed a limited understanding of what the church is even supposed to be. But they don't stop at simply pointing out the problems of the church; they give us vision and ideas for joining in together and creating the future church. Not a future church based on trends or human strategies either, but one based on going back to the beginning to see what was the New Testament vision for the church on mission in the world. The Shaping of Things to Come is one of those rare books that you don't just read and place nicely back on your shelf. It gets deep into your psyche and alters your perspective on what it means to be the church today, what it means to follow Jesus on his adventurous mission." --Dan Kimball, author, They Like Jesus but Not the Church