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Best Books Explaining the Missional Incarnational Conversation

Here's a list of books that CA folks have found helpful to understanding the "missional/incarnational" conversation.

The Gospel in a Pluralist Society

(1909-1998) Lesslie Newbigin was born in Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K., in 1909. He completed his undergraduate studies in Cambridge and then served as Staff Secretary of the Student Christian Movement in Glasgow, Scotland. He studied theology at Westminster College at Cambridge and was ordained by the Presbytery of Edinburgh, Church of Scotland in 1936.

Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America (Gospel & Our Culture)

Darrell L. Guder is Henry Winters Luce Chair of Missional and Ecumenical Theology and Dean-elect at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Shaping of Things to Come, The: Innovation and Mission for the 21st-Century Church

This book is an updated version of what is now widely considered a defining book in its category. In re-reading and editing it, we are still utterly convinced of its currency and urgency. And although we have ameliorated our language to suit a church-in-transition over the last ten years, we trust that this book still rings with a somewhat revolutionary passion.

The Tangible Kingdom: Creating Incarnational Community (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series)

According to a recent survey, of the nine in every ten Americans who identify themselves as Christian, only a third of these actually participate in a faith community with any regularity. Many faith seekers have tried different churches, methods, programs, leaders, teachers, and styles only to discover that nothing holds their interest.

Forgotten Ways, The

"Hirsch has discovered the formula that unlocks the secrets of the ecclesial universe like Einstein's simple . . . formula (E=mc²) unlocked the secrets of the physical universe. There are some books good enough to read to the end. There are only a few books good enough to read to the end of time.

The Incarnation and the Church's Witness:

"...useful for missiologists and for all Christians who are seeking to be faithful witnesses." -- Eleazar S. Fernandez, Religious Studies Review, January 2001

The Road to Missional: Journey to the Center of the Church (Shapevine)

Discover a whole new way of following JesusIt has recently become acceptable, and even fashionable, to refer to one's church as "missional." But many churches misunderstand the concept, thinking of "going missional" as simply being a necessary add-on to church-as-usual.