Borderland Churches is a call to embrace the pluralistic, post Christian and postmodern culture with a sense of opportunity and hope. The author uses the image of the church crossing over into an "in -between time," a place where faith is lived outside the walls of the church engaging the community in incarnational ways. To live in that "precarious but exhilarating place wBorderland Churches is a call to embrace the pluralistic, post Christian and postmodern culture with a sense of opportunity and hope. The author uses the image of the church crossing over into an "in -between time," a place where faith is lived outside the walls of the church engaging the community in incarnational ways. To live in that "precarious but exhilarating place where faith and other faiths and no faith meet." Only individuals and congregations that accept this new reality will be able to carry on Christian ministry in this new cultural situation. A TCP Leadership Series title....
|Title||:||Borderland Churches: A Congregation's Introduction to Missional Living|
|Number of Pages||:||166 Pages|
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Borderland Churches: A Congregation's Introduction to Missional Living Reviews
We live and work and have our being in a very different world than that of our parents or grand parents. You can make that claim whether you are 18, 35, 50, or maybe even 60. The fact is that the world has changed and the place of Christianity and the church has diminished. We hear a lot about theocratic pretensions, but by and large those voices, while loud, are rather small in number. Gary Nelson writes from a Canadian context, where secularization is much further along than in the United States. There, more than here, religion is private. The number of those claiming no religion, while growing in the US, hasn’t reached a national number of 16% as in Canada. But what is happening there is quickly moving south. With this growing marginalization of the church, old paradigms of church life and church growth must change.The title of the book is key. It is about missional living, about the church engaging the culture that surrounds it. The image of the borderland helps give life to this new understanding of church. Borderlands tend to be wild and untamed. Borderland areas are often inconvenient and uncomfortable. For the church to live out its mission in the borderlands, and that is where most of our churches now sit, we will have to understand that the mission field isn’t over there, it’s in our back yard. Borderland ministries, to be successful, must move from a “come to” understanding, that is, a “build it and they’ll come,” to a “go to” one. The challenge is that while missionary work my sound romantic, for us to engage in it requires a great deal of willingness to embrace radical change.“Missionary life is full of inconvenience and discomfort. It will require that we work outside ourselves. It will require that we substitute ‘that which is comfortable to us’ for ‘that which will be comfortable for you’” (p. 5).If we are to become a missional church, which many churches are talking about, we must risk ourselves in embracing the community around us. We must engage it and impact it. And the leaders of such churches must thrive in borderland situations. That is, they must be willing to go out where the people are present, rather than stay inside the safety of the faith community.To continue reading click -- http://www.bobcornwall.com/2009/01/bo...
Unique in that it is probably the only book on missional church from a Canadian perspective. With all the "how to's" from authors in major American urban centres, it is good to see a book which also gives insight into the Canadian cultural context. While some of what other missional leaders write may connect in Canada, this is a unique context in which to do ministry, and many missional church guides don't translate well outside of the context of the author. On the flipside, Nelson is also able to present something which I believe can be translated almost in its entirety to a whole variety contexts. Nelson's experience in international mission allows him to speak into contexts beyond Canada, and give something with depth and power to impact almost any congregational setting.
This book gave a very good challenge to the church of today to get engaged in missional living. Coming from a Canadian perspective made it even more real for me.
Great book on mission, specifically in the Canadian context.