J.R. Woodward: The Church as Movement



The last ten years as given us a series of books on building the church not as an institution or an entertainment The Hockey Saint (Forever Friends, hub but as a neighborhood mission center for the gospel Now in the missional church tradition of books like The The Church as Movement JRWoodard Weave failed to be and make disciples of Jesus The cost of non discipleship is the irrelevance of the church Transformation comes by following Christ through the Spirit with others We must die to self our infatuation with speed and size and devote ourselves to the work of making disciples Movement starts with our imitation of Christ Movement occurs when we answer our call to live in communion with God and out of the overflow of our life with God we live into our sentness as a community carrying out Valentino his co mission to be a sign forestaste and instrument ofis kingdom The Christian industrial complex is a mindset about the church an unuestioned undergirding concept of the church informed by United States idea of success American imagination success means growing bigger collecting resources consolidating power creating strong ierarchical structures and growing rapidly These are obvious simplistic cultural signs of success what we can count We need a new lens programs property people in attendance paid staff The church as movement moves discipleship to the center Multiplication trumps addition in the long run it s a marathon not a sprint The church as industrial complex desires to be on stage The church as movement desires to be in the streets We ave to ask whether the church is most faithful in its witness to the crucified and risen Jesus and recognizable as the community that bears about in the body the dying Jesus when it is chiefly concerned with its own self aggrandizement Mao s reign Bamboo Curtain opened in 1980 s thriving church of 60 80 million Christians They believed every believer is church planter and every church a church planting church The seed Shunned has the potential of becoming a tree and a treeas the potential of becoming a forest God is building Craving (Willow Creek, his church The gates ofell will not prevail Genuine growth is not manufactured or numerical alone It is being the church in the way of Christ the power of the Spirit and allowing God to bring fruit in whatever way God sees fit Our focus is being faithful and joining God s mission trusting Oba, the Last Samurai him for fruitfulness Jesus said Well done my good and faithful not fruitful servant When we try to control fruit it leads to surface level growth and passive consumptive disciples Our job is to be fruitful in the way of Jesus Christ and as we do that God will make us fruitful John 15 We plant and water and till God causes growth in time and His way Get rid of clergy laity divide Priesthood of all believersCommunion Community Co mission Discipleship LeadershipChristianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ BonhoefferIf we seek first to make disciples we will become vital congregationsave authentic worship experience real fellowship and develop effective mission Phil Meadows Movement reuires simplicity reproducibility by just about everyone Discipleship leads to missional incarnational community living in the world for the sake of the world in the way of Jesus We noticed that God tends to do less than we expect in the first 3 years and than we expect over 10 15 years 3 5 years God works in us so that we are better prepared for what Yonen Buzz, Volume 1 (Yonen Buzz, he does through us Sticky tools are alliteration rhyme or repetition Easy to pass on and share Scalable at different levels APEST we are all to teach care for one another share our faith with others live in the Spirit and speak truth to one another and the powers that be and live as sent people Some are apostolic evangelists pastor prophets prophetic teachers A P trailblazers S Eealers 2 base gifts usually Each APEST as a weakness eg immature pastors may be drive by fear people pleasing create dichotomy between community and missionSometimes God calls us to mature in a season by living into another part of the 5fold typology not part of our base gifting Christianity started in Palestine as community moved to Greece to become a philosophy went to Rome to become an institution and Europe to become a government and America to become an enterprise What might it take to return to community It is better to live by faith and fail than to allow fear to win the day and slowly die Leaders create culture What is your ultimate aim Israel insisted on a king They were never meant to wear the ring LOTR Player coach continuum Everyone is a player but not everyone as been given the grace to coach Everyone The Wood Demon has a calling and ministry but only some are given the grace to devote time to euipping others Mutual leadership is an effort to share power among a trust soaked vision distributed emotionally mature Christ rooted team For the sake of God s mission in the world we need to distribute leadershipCommunity before clergy Submission before sergeant Disciples before deciders Our 1st responsibility is to develop people Consultative before concrete Accountability before autonomy Follow me as I follow Christ Jesus primary way of evaluating the church is asking Are we fulfillingis command to make disciples To live we must die The way to spiritual riches is acknowledging spiritual poverty The way to rule is become servant of all Self awareness inner life of a disciple is paying attention to the iceberg under the surface of the water for transformation Nothing is important than relationship with God nothing satisfying than being in First Shapes his presence nothing is vital for fruitful ministry than our communion with God Thus nothing is challenging Pursuing God is a struggle God is sweeter for the long seeking AW Tozer Henri Nouwen Great difference between success and fruitfulness Success comes from power control and respectability It brings rewards and fame Fruitfulnessowever comes through weakness faithfulness and vulnerability Community is the fruit born through shared weakness meaningful presence in the neighborhood comes through a long faithfulness and experiencing the surprise of the Spirit comes through vulnerability Let s remind one another that what brings true joy is not successfulness but fruitfulness Are you developing an inner life that Dispatches from Dystopia has capacity to face the challenges and resist the temptations we encounter in ministry Often our sense of self worth is tied to the size of our impact Nope Matthew 317 Young adult formation iseavily influenced by celebrity preachers podcast and massive platform we are tempted to imitate success We are tempted by production power and popularity The irony is that I Max and the Tom Cats (More Bob Books for Young Readers, Set II, Book 8) hide because I m afraid if the full truth about myself is known I won t be loved But whatever isidden cannot be loved I can only be loved to the extent that I make myself known And I can only be fully loved if I m fully known John Ortberg 3 stages of openness guarded communication everyday authenticity and deep disclosure with close friends trust intimacy Making DisciplesYou will know as much of God and only as much of God as you are wiling to put into practice Eric LiddellDon t be fooled by church attendance Unless people are on an intentional discipleship path they will not be shaped for God s mission in the world Why do we focus on the crowds when Jesus focused on the Twelve LOTR is great metaphor for cultivating a discipleship core and going on mission together This is what Jesus did calling others into a daring commitment to go on mission with Ancient World him Follow me as I follow the example of Christ Creating meta moments oftenappen when we contemplate stuff we ve Fighter heard a 1000 times before but seek to deconstruct it in a way that reveals the big meaningidden in plain sight you just blew my mind Mt 912 13 KingdomNT Jesus asks 307 uestions in the Gospels while Събрани разкази, Том 5 he is asked 183e only answers 3 of them directly Typically The Real James Herriot he answers a with a He expertly challenged people s underlying assumptions We d do good to model this in our discipleship spaces Jesuselped disciples to understand what was in their Waterloo (Sharpe, hearts by asking them uestions and drawing them out Good s make space for God s disruptive Spirit to work Sometimes the disciples are caught off guard by Jesus disarming uestions a techniue for putting them in a learning posture Jesus sought to make disciples involving reflective learning Jesus taught immersively with experiential learning leading by example Consumerismas trained us to demand a finished product that meets our Cinderella highest standards if we don t like the uality of something we move on and purchase something else Discipleship cannot be consumed we must participate in it The church as industrial complex still acts as if the HS primarily shows up in a building at organized events this is a brick and mortar mentality Jn 167 1 Cor 619 The Holy Spirit in relational temple of average ordinary disciples euipped and sustained with the presence of God 1 Communion What is God s Spirit doing in me 2 Community What is God s Spirit doing around me 3 Co mission What is God s Spirxit doing through me 4 Next step What is our response to the Spirit Missional TheologyWhen the gospel is reduced to private affair between us and God it s not only self serving but becomes irrelevant to the world eg poverty violence ecological disasters broken familiesGod is relational and missional The Father sends the Son into the world to reveal and inaugurate the kingdom the F S send the Spirit into the world to continue their work and the S sends the church into the world through the power of the Spirit so that we can join our Triune God in the renewal of all things Rev 215 When you lose Trinitarian focusistory shows patriarchaldominating patterns colonial missions rise of modern atheism Don t approach mission unidirectional coming to meet needsshare good news we can unintentionally exacerbate the already marred image of God in those we are being sent to When we ave them participate in the mission bringing their gifts to the table they wake up to the fact that they are made in God s image Jesus sent out the 70 in the same wayThe beginning of mission is the self giving relationship of the F S HS Our greatest gift is our life together our interdependent love filled community When we turn the church into a productionfranchise we lose the beautiful relational witness of the Trinity John 2021 Mission is primarily and ultimately the work of the Triune God Creator Redeemer and Sanctifier for the sake of the world a ministry in which the church is privileged to participate Mission originates in the eart of God God is a fountain of sending love Living between the resurrection and the glorious picture of the kingdom in Revelation is a lot like living between D Day and VE Day Jesus as established a beachhead and effected a decisive victory over the powers but we still linger in the already but not yet of the kingdom of God The church is sign foretaste and instrument of God s kingdo. 2016 IVP Readers' Choice AwardMissio Alliance Essential Reading List of 2016Public gatherings are vital for movement but too often in our approach to planting churches we aven't paid enough attention to the difficult grassroots work of movement discipleship community formation and mission This book will elp you start missional incarnational communities in a way that reflects the viral movement of the early New Testament church JR Woodward

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N depthThe book is laid out as a series of chapter concepts and sub concepts with a series of reflective uestions at the end of each section The uestions are meant to elp land concepts as well as perform self assessment of the reader and Lionboy (Lionboy Trilogy, hisher faith community Each chapter s uestions drive toward discovering gaps and thinking throughow to address potential pitfalls for an aspiring church planting team or existing faith community looking seriously at Halt v nebezpečí (Hraničářův učeň, how they can aspire to be a sign a foretaste and an instrument of God s Kingdom come and will being done on earth as it is ineavenAre you looking for a personal or communal assessment tool for evaluating the strengths of your faith community Are you trying to think about Miss Emily how you can take the Good News of Jesus into the world without being a clanging gong or without being obtuse Are you curious aboutow to think about shifting your thinking about faith from an extraction or attraction mindset to an embodied and missional mindset Do you want to learn about Phoenix (Black City, how to lead as a team and not with a CEO mindset Would you like to see your faith community develop into one that looks like the early church If you answered yes to any of these uestions or if you just want to take a look at different approaches to living out a life of faith in community I believe you will appreciate The Church As Movement Iope you will give it a read and that it will stir your imagination to think about all that is possible for running strong in your personal and communal life of faith If I am being What The Queen Wills (Sexy Reversed Fairy Tales honest I m not generally a big fan of books on church planting My lack of enthusiasm stems from two primary observationsFirst many books on church planting are authored by people who actuallyave surprisingly limited experience in church planting or whose credibility rests on a single relatively meaningless criterion their ability to draw a large crowdSecond a preponderance of books on church planting that seem to gain popular traction lack any meaningful theological foundations andor framework for their proposalsThe Church as Movement by my friends JR Woodward and Dan White Jr I am thrilled to say subverts those stereotypes and gives me fresh BabyCakes Covers the Classics hope for a new breed of resources in this areaHere s why I say that Full reviewere Summary An interactive guide for communities wanting to learn Saul Bellow how to become missional incarnational movements rather than Christian industrial complexes through growth in eight competenciesJR Woodward and Dan White Jr believe there is something fundamentally wrong with an American church model focused around the metrics of buildings butts in the seats and budgets as one friend describes it They refer to this as the Christian industrial complex thatas indeed become big business to the point that it shapes The Ground Beneath Her Feet how Christians pursue life together and mission and engage society In this interactive guidebook the authors propose a model of church as movement one that focuses on our communion with God our sentness as a community and our co mission to live as a sign foretaste and instrument ofis kingdom in ever expanding geographical areas p 23This Oh My Gods! happens as groups grow into eight competencies around which the book is organizedMovement Intelligence Movements are on the street rather than the stage multiply as they move outward and leverage a five fold set of people giftsPolycentric Leadership Movements organize around many centers of leadership in a flat structure rather than around a single leader over aierarchical structureBe can often tell alot about a book by its title In The Church As Movement authors JR Woodward and Dan White Jr do an excellent job unpacking the title of this book For most of us our view of church is tied up in a building a place we go to on a particular day of the week Our inherited patterns of church fall short of the kind of movement that Jesus and is disciples initiated Imagine what it would look like for us to return once again to The Church as Movement where everyone regardless of race gender and class is an active agent in the game This book will elp the reader understand with great clarity what it looks like to recover lost practices and perspectives of living this out in the world around us on a day to day basisFor those not familiar with the terms missional and incarnational the authors do well at not only unpacking these terms as well as others related to them but explaining it as wellMissional is about joining God in His work of restoration in the world around us Not only is God relational Artful he is also a sending God In other words God is missional inis very essence The Father sends the Son into the world to reveal and inaugurate the kingdom the Father and Son send the Spirit into the world to continue their work and the Son sends the church into the world through the power of the Spirit so that we can join our triune God in the renewal of all things Rev 21 5 Incarnation is about inhabiting the place where God as called us to live to engage in grounded missional practices in the concrete realities of life It s moving from Facebook to facing our neighbors and networks It s about standing in solidarity with those who suffer and celebrating with those who are experiencing the goodness of life Mission and Incarnation is best expressed in community and not an individualistic pursuit Too often we approach mission in an individualistic fashion instead of communally We get the impression that Jesus as sent us out alone by ourselves But typically e sent people in at least pairs There is much I love about Woodward s and White s book and much that challenges my thoughts and perspectives as well I ave عصير الرماد highlights in this book than I usually do in other books Over the last 10 years or so thereave been many books written that introduces readers to the missional conversation that is taking place This book builds on the works of others on this same subject without repeating much of the same conversation but taking the conversation several steps further If you are ready to move from theory to practice in forming missional communities this book will prove valuableOne of the many things I love about the book is Of Blood and Bone (Chronicles of the One, how broad the concepts range butow interrelated they are to the topic at The Legacy (The Restoration Series, hand The reader will begin the journey to understanding the church as movement The reader will learn about leadership structures with a specific focus on Polycentric Leadership Woodward and White also do perhaps the best Iave seen at unpacking giftedness with an intentional focus on the theo genetic coding of the five fold typology and Perpetual Power (The Tressa Tremaine Series Book 1) how these relate to starting and sustaining missional incarnational communities The reader then will journey to understandingow to be a disciple and then Celine how to make disciples The reader will then come to a broader understanding of missional theology toelp frame and broaden perspective of living out our sent ness From there the reader will come to an understanding of ecclesial architecture that allows the reader to designs systems and structures for mission Finally there are the much needed competencies of community formation and incarnational practicesThis book will serve as a valuable resource and troubleshooting guide for years to come for practitioners in starting and sustaining communities The many exercises with a focus on formational learning through meta learning reflective learning and experiential learning along with the resources available within this book gives the reader many tools to process implement and apply what they are readingOrder a copy and allow your perspectives of church to be reframed and charged with a grander vision than what we usually settle for Move beyond inherited structures and patterns of church to a glimpse of God s Kingdom movement in the world around usNOTE I received an advance e copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for a fair and unbiased review The thoughts expressed Charmed (The Donovan Legacy, here are my own Too many of us knowow frustrating and even Ballet Shoes hurtful it can be to love Jesus s church but not fit into any local church anyone who uestions the elevated role of the Sunday serviceas felt the isolation In light of this Church as Movement is than the practical guidebook it sets out to be it s the resounding reminder that we re not alone that we re not crazy Reading Church as Movement is a similar experience to talking with the authors in person it leaves us exclaiming I ve finally found my tribe Even better Church as Movement is the rare book that inspires both the dreamers and the doers JR and Dan Strictly Temporary - Volume One (Strictly Temporary, have done than dream of a fresh way forward for the church theyave lived it They pour their dreams and passion into every chapter but they also punctuate their pages with charts graphs and other resources While many missional church books are eavy on vision but light on details this is a gift to all missional planters a vision of ow to use the details to grow our dreams instead of drown themChurch as Movement builds to and flows from the central concept that the church is not a building a weekly gathering or a program but a people God Cheri Red has called out of the world and sent back into the world to redeem and renew it The trouble is this is an easier sentence to tweet than to live Okyou can t tweet it either because itas over 140 characters but you get the idea This book was borne from JR and Dan s failures and breakthroughs Then after they started and led communities they began to coach others Discovering Your Heart With The Flag Page how to do it too In fact this book was initially compiled as a coaching curriculum for church planters This is perhaps its greatest strength each chapteras undergone countless edits stemming from rich conversations with on the ground planters The final product is a must Kingdom of Ashes (Nightfall, have for anyone interested in missional communities Among other things JR and Dan presentow to lead a community with movement in mind the importance of scalable tools an understanding of mission and incarnation and Websters Ii Dictionary, Third Edition, Office Edition how to structure leadership They walk through discipleship as an essential catalyst of movement first for who the leader is thenow to lead others who lead others who lead others Community is explored as a recurring theme from the shared table to a collective rule and They also emphasize the neighborhood over the sanctuary stage as where God is moving and offer clear steps shifting both paradigm and practice Plus every chapter includes uestions for reflecting and notes with further resources Anyone would benefit from reading it on their own it is really designed to be used by group Church as Movement paints a refreshing vision for church as it could be and should be I can t express Aladdin how much I ve benefited from its wisdom practical instruction and clear message ofope I m confident it will influence the missional church movement for years to come I m profoundly grateful that I ve finally found my tribe This is an incredibly Daddy Must Die helpful tool for church leaders and especially church planters A must read. Ses and reflection uestions and activities It's ideal for church planting teams or discipleship groups to use together It's not enough to understand why the church needs missional and incarnational congregationsThe Church as Movement will also show youow to make disciples that make disciples This is the engine that drives the church as movement so that everyday Christians can be present in the world to join God's mission in the way of Jesus.

M Sign points to something not yet fully visible Our way of life together ought to point people to God s future Conversion is changing stories trusting God and switching stories american story The Message Glorious hollywood story We start to live by a different script Jesus way is the way of forgiveness not revenge encouragement gossip serving dominatingumility arrogance devotion distraction generosity greed faithful to the end If O Cérebro de Broca his way isn t our way we need to ask whether we trustim and Damia's Children: Rowan 3 (The Tower Hive Sequence) by Anne McCaffrey (1994-02-03) have fully appliedis work to our lives Salvation is not about leaving the world but leaving the ways of this world and entering into God s world through the life death and resurrection of JC Trusting that in the end Breaking The Curse (Sexy Reversed Fairy Tales heaven and earth kiss Evangelism works best in the context where it s an answer to a uestion The Christianope is not that someday all believers get to die and go to A Banquet of Consequences (Inspector Lynley, heaven Indeed the only reason anyone ever goes toeaven is sin If Adam Eve never sinned they would ROMANTIC TAKEOVER have continued to live on this planet enjoying the beauty of Creation as they walked in close fellowship with their Creator Escaping Creation and going toeaven is not the solution Sin is the reason for unger war injustice and death Sin is taking a stand against God and is loving reign against life and well being Seeking autonomy from God we experience shame guilt and condemnation We make gods in our own image rather than accepting that we are made in God s image Just as sin began with individuals and rippled out to contaminate the entire world so grace begins with individuals and ripples out to redeem the rest of creation Sacramental nature of mission A birthday party for our son is a public way for others to Keeper of the Light hearow grateful we are that God brought our son into the world Sacrament of Lord s Supper offers us a reminder that GOd s work in the world brings together the scandal that death brings new life The double meaning is 1 God laid down Shattered Spear (The Lost Stars, his life We should never forget this and we should do the same 2 God is joyously welcoming the world to His table and we should do the same Ecclesial ArchitectureCommunion and worship are a way of life learning to live in the lifedance of God throughout our ordinary lifeChurch is called to be the welcoming committee not managers of the guest list Church essence is people who find their identity in the arms of God communion rallied around tables welcoming each other community and sent out into the world with servingands co mission Jesus models this Lk 612 19Rule rhythm for gathered people Different kinds of prayer intercession supplication praise listening The Homing healing Scripture lectio divina responsive readings reenacting a short story of Bible singing confessing sharing stories of God s recent work and partaking at the Lord s Table draw us into the presence of God Organizing around communion community and co mission is like building an exercise routine regular incremental practices practicing presence of God and sabbath weekly Meet with people weekly using discipleship tool bless 3 people daily 1 person outside church andave a meal weekly with non Christian Rule is practice Rhythm is The Women of Easter how often you engage Practice God s presence by being thankful Thank you God for gift of new day that I can see tasteear smell imagine create relate work I am a child of God loved forgiven valued The HS lives within me He s made me an ambassador to the world giving me calling gifts and purposeSabbath ceasing anxiety work resting physical spiritual emotional intellectual social embracing intentionality community time giving shalom feasting eternal music beauty meal affection festivalDiscipleship confession encouragement reconciliation Everyone Why Are You So Scared? has a rule rhythm Is yours forming you to be like ChristNot individualism but interdependence Too often our talks end with Nice sermon Pastor Don t confuse public space with personal space Genuine emotional interaction is unnaturalere Public space backfires when we attract people to dynamic preaching and worship in order to get them interested in community mission and discipleship This is a genuine challenge to consumer society Neil Cole What you win people with you win them toPublic gatherings provide inspiration and momentum by gathering stories of ministry and mission taking place in community Which space are we seeking to multiplyMissional culture LAAMPS language artifacts assumptions mission marks practices strategy When someone says Let s go to church reveals a lack of understanding of church nature Church is not something we go to it is something we are We go to a weekly gathering we attend a service but we are the churchTo live into church eliminate words like volunteers and use biblical words sent ones priests saints missionaries ambassadors ministers Volunteer implies choice to be active in the body of ChristWhat visually represents us What does our website reveal Where do people find our missionvisionvaluespractices and definition of successMission What is God calling us to do We don t invent it we receive it from God Mission statement is few well crafted words or simple statement articulating overarching purpose of our existence as community of faith Marks What does it mean to be faithful and fruitful in God s mission If you don t define success or what it means to be faithful and fruitful others will Defining the ends always shape the means We measure what s important and that guides our process eg If we value discipleship and The Power of One helping people become like Christ we might want to askow many discipleship groups are The Wolf Gift (The Wolf Gift Chronicles, happening in our congregation andow these disciples are displaying the fruit of the Spirit in their lives The church cannot storm the gates of He Who Dares hell by gathering around consumer needs Contra mature unified communities of self sacrificial loveFrom me to we 1 Cor 316 together we are God s temple collectively When we welcome others to our table we practice God s future now Isa 256 8Apostles thriving environment prophets liberating evangelists welcoming pastorsealing teachers learning A passive aggressive person grasps for power over others by judging their motives without direct open communication Relational strategy is indirect so their anger cannot be identified but is still felt Conversing with others with reconciling intent is most powerful way for community to discover God s Spirit in its midst Paul never instructed Corinth conflict to leave the community for a ealthier one 1 Cor 5 6 Incarnational PracticesThe come to us stance developed over Christendom period is unbiblical John 114NEAR narrative ethics associations ritualsWeekly gatherings can be missional instead of consuming religious goods combine worship and mission When the weekly service becomes an end the tail wags the dog God is for us Abraham blessed to be a blessing with us Emmanuel of us through incarnation and in us through the Holy Spirit To be faithful to the mission we must ave sustained faith stubborn Os Peixes Também Sabem Cantar hope sacrificial love Faith is seeing the unseen and clinging to God s promises until they come to pass believes the impossible is possible Living by faith means learning to trust God for everything in life Despite fear choosing to follow God experiencing presence and seeis beauty through both suffering and resurrection power How do you endure Our t hope in the triune God s ability to bring about new creation the redemption of our bodies and the world Because of the life death and resurrection of Christ the new creation will be fully realized some dayAs you follow Jesus as you followis ways is kingdom will break into your neighborhood your city your world talented than Michael Jordan creative than Da Vinci gifted than Beethoven adventurous than Columbus missional than Newbigin tools than Tim Allen giving than Mother Theresa better wordsmith than Shakespeare paradigm breaking than Copernicus a greater imagination than Einstein but without love you are nothing and you gain nothing Grateful for the love of the Father the faithfulness of the Son and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit who ave enveloped us with love sustained our faith God Stand Up and Fight has given us a stubbornope and e is teaching us selfless love Fantastic reorientation for the church planting movementAs I embark on the journey of planting a second church JR and Dan s work as become vitally important for Now Is the Hour how I seek to engage the city and culture around me with the grace and love of Jesus Their work is a practical workbook experience thatelps you take stock of your current progress while continuing to think about the bigger picture and what you are striving to achieve through God s Spirit I couldn t recommend this book in this season of church planting and cultural engagement It s a uick read A lot of practical advice about planting Missional communities and churches However I found myself moving through it rather uickly because much of it Londons Glory (Bryant May, has been covered in other books that Iave read for my program And in general it wasn t sticky enough to remember In August I received a copy of The Church As Movement Starting and Sustaining Missional Incarnational Communities by JR Woodward and Dan White Jr from their publisher Intervarsity Press I was excited to dig into the book as I Jingle Bells have known JR for a long time and I m regularly impressed byis thoughts on church and faith When I first met JR e ad recently transitioned from an incredibly successful church plant on the campus of Virginia Tech to starting a cluster of neighborhood churches in three different communities in Los Angeles Since that time e as been on the forefront of missiology and church planting in various contexts in the US and abroad While I am not familiar with Dan White I know that JR keeps company with many thoughtful individuals who are serious about a fresh embodiment of what it means to be a Christian I Knights Templar in Britain have enjoyed many long conversations with JR through the years about living a deep and fulfilling life of faith and leading others to do the same and I deeply appreciateis friendship Reign of Fury (Battles in the Dark, his example andis words for fellow sojourners on the journey The layout of The Church As Movement was not what I expected it to be When looking at the cover and skimming the pages this book is not just laying out some new theory on church planting or comparing and contrasting styles of developing and cultivating faith communities although there is some of both in its pages Rather the book is meant to be a workbook and a framework for mission focused faith communities who are serious about facilitating transformation in their neighborhoods and the world As I read through each section I found myself laughing out loud at some metaphors and uietly nodding my ead in agreement at the ideas developed on the pages I read it as someone already aligned with the concepts laid out in the text JR and I ave ad many conversations although we ave not been able to connect directly for a few years about The Fixer (The Fixer, how to facilitate growth of individuals and communities with a primary focus Uthor of Creating a Missional Culture and Dan White Jr author of Subterraneanave trained church planters all over North America to create movemental churches that are rooted in the neighborhood based on eight necessary competenciesMovement IntelligencePolycentric LeadershipBeing DisciplesMaking DisciplesMissional TheologyEcclesial ArchitectureCommunity FormationIncarnational PracticesThe book features an interactive format with tools 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I have been passionately planting churches on the East and West Coast that value tight knit community life forming discipleship locally rooted presence and boundary crossing mission for over 25 years I'm the author of Creating a Missional Culture IVP 2012 and co author of The Church as Movement IVP 2016I co founded the Missio Alliance and currently serve as the National Director for the