Friday, March 04, 2011

missional church. what are you reading?

I’m in the process of putting together some books for a course on mission and leadership for a group of ministers. They are in context, they have some exposure to the missional conversation, they live in Australia and they are keen to actually put some legs on their passion. Here are the six books I’ve selected. A mix of voices was important, as was the sense of being both theological and yet grounded in existing congregational ministry.

What do you think? What have I missed?

Christopher Wright, The Mission of God’s People, Zondervan, 2010.

Helen Lee, The Missional Mom: Living with Purpose at Home & in the World, Moody Press: Chicago, 2011.

Alan Roxburgh, Missional: Joining God in the Neighborhood, Baker Books, 2011.

John Koenig, Soul Banquets: How Meals Become Mission in the Local Congregation, Morehouse, 2007.

Paul Kelly, How to make gravy, Hamish Hamilton, 2010.

Ann Morisy, Journeying Out: A New Approach to Christian Mission, Continuum, 2004.

Posted by steve at 06:36 PM


  1. Am finishing up “Christianity For the Rest of Us” by Diana Butler Bass. So far so good.

    Comment by Chris — March 4, 2011 @ 6:56 pm

  2. Can I recommend my own book? It’s called Second Story: seeing what’s not being said? It’s written as a fiction narrative, but it’s meant to be used in Church communities and with people who desire to actually practically see what it means to recognize and interact with emotional barriers to faith and have spiritual conversations within everyday life.

    It’s available through Ingram Distributors, which I believe has distribution in Australia, or on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

    I’ve gotten really positive feedback from lay people who are asking the question of how to be missional right where they are.

    Comment by Anna Rapa — March 5, 2011 @ 3:05 am

  3. i still really like the books “young people + mission” by alison and david booker and the “mission-shaped youth ministry” books as a helpful way to start thinking and hearing stories of various missional youth ministry models/projects

    in the same line of thought (mission and young people) it’s not a mission book, but would provide an interesting theological conversation about the “aim” of our mission, whether it’s relational and whether having an end point to that relationship is helpful/honest can i suggest andrew root’s book “relationships unfiltered”, or if you wanted it to be a deeper more heavy read the book that it has been birthed from “revisiting relational youth ministry” by andrew root. i think these two books will provide some interesting dialogue around mission and relationships…

    and what about your “out of bounds” book? 🙂

    Comment by darren — March 8, 2011 @ 1:49 am

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