The Gathered and Scattered Church. This book asks and provides an answer for one of the most important questions for church leaders today: What is happening to the church in America? By all appearances, it looks like we are 'doing' church better than we ever have. In the past thirty years the number of mega-churches has increased from under 100 to over 7,500. In the past ten years the number of multi-site churches has increased from under 100 to over 2,000. By the numbers, these church movements enjoy the national platform, the national voice, and the resources to profoundly impact the Kingdom. In spite of the rapid growth of these prevailing church movements, why is the Western church still in massive decline?
Numerous books have been written documenting the flight of members from the institutional church. This is not another book about how to do church better or how to just get people back into the pews. AND helps you---whether you are a mega-church, traditional, contemporary, or organic church leader---focus on the vast majority of unchurched Christians and non-believers who are not moving toward any form of church. You will learn how to value existing church forms---attracting people to a physical church and releasing people into hands-on ministry ... bringing together the very best of the attractional and missional models for church ministry. AND will equip you and all church leaders to value existing church forms while catalyzing a missional movement of incarnational people into the world for Jesus Christ.
AND is the second book in the Exponential Series---a partnership between Exponential Network, Leadership Network, and Zondervan featuring several signature books each year to tell the reproducing church story, celebrate the diversity of models and approaches God is using to reproduce healthy congregations, and highlight the innovative practices of healthy reproducing churches.
"I really appreciate reading a book that recognizes the need to get past simplistic either/or categories and is ready to love the people of God where they are, not where someone wants them to be. The conjunction AND runs through this book alongside a deep passion to see local communities of God's people shaping missional life out of their traditions. In this book you will meet passionate practitioners seeking to understand what the Spirit is up to in our times." -- Alan Roxburgh, author of Missional Leader
"In the missional conversation, there are 'radicals' who propose that we chop down the tree, burn the stump, and plant something new, and there are 'reformers' that say maybe the tree is so precious it should be saved. Matt and Hugh are reformers that embrace the genius of AND rather than proposing a new methodology. I love this book." -- John Herrington, Pastor of Hill Country Bible Church
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