We’re pleased to announce that Church as Movement: Starting and Sustaining Missional-Incarnational Communities our very own JR Woodward and Dan White Jr. is now available! Purchase it as a discount rate here and get additional free resources here.
From the Foreword
One of the strengths of the book derives from the fact that JR and Dan are reflective practitioners; both have planted churches, are leading a wonderful new movement called V3 and have been training planters all across North America. . . . Furthermore, their understanding of movement is wonderfully minimalist without being reductionist. The result is that it can be practiced by ordinary, everyday Christians. Here they activate the essence of movement—where everyone, regardless of race, gender and class, is an active agent in the game. The Jesus movement is a people movement!
~ Alan Hirsch
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Founder of 100Movements, Forge Missional Training Network, Future Travelers. Award-winning author and thinker in the Missional church movement. www.alanhirsch.org
In The Church as Movement, White and Woodward rewrite what it means to cultivate and grow churches in the mission fields of post Christendom. Accomplishing the impossible, they provide an exhaustive preparation for those who dare to navigate this terrain. It’s a learning experience enormous in its aspirations yet so necessary for the task that lies ahead for the church in mission.
~ David Fitch
BR Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology, Northern Seminary
Author of Faithful Presence: Seven Disciplines That Shape the Church for Mission
JR and Dan have produced a simple, intensely practical guide for those of us who want to shift from merely sustaining the ‘Religious Industrial Complex’ to unleashing a dynamic missional church planting movement. Church as Movement is full of ideas on missional discipleship, rhythms of life, cultural exegesis, fivefold leadership models and more, all anchored in a beautiful biblical vision of the sent-and-sending God.
~ Michael Frost
Author of The Shaping of Things to Come, Exiles, and The Road to Missional
Much recent writing about how to do church has dealt with tasks and ideas. But if the church is God’s expression of himself on the earth then isn’t it important for the church to also grow from our own engagement with God? If the church is to be authentic, it will require us, as leaders, to submit to God’s ongoing work of personal transformation. This is hard work so we need guides in it which invite whole person engagement, trusting that as we experience the mission of God in our own lives, we know more deeply how to live it out in our communities. The Church as Movement is that kind of guide.
~ Mandy Smith
Lead Pastor, University Christian Church
Author of The Vulnerable Pastor
If you want to see the church through a radically different lens and recover the vision of how ordinary Christians, working together in the neighborhood, can become the greatest hope for change in these fractured and fragmented times, then this book is your guide.
~ Tim Soerens
Co-Founding Director of the Parish Collective and co-author of The New Parish
The early church was a spiritual-social movement. The Church as Movement insightfully shows what that means today. Woodward and White insist the church is not church if it is not a genuine community of disciples following Jesus. Woodward and White are right when they say: ‘We need to water the small, over and over, and allow God’s Spirit to blow on the embers.’ This is the powerful essence of The Church as Movement.
~ Howard A. Snyder
Visiting Director, Manchester Wesley Research Centre, England