Format: Trade Paperback
Page Count: 289
Publication Date: 2012
List Price: $18.99
The mission of the church is to equip the people of God to engage their community and their world. Missional Moves promises to be a guidebook for local churches to transform individual and entire communities. Wegner and Magruder are members of the ministry team at Granger Community Church and have written this book to describe some of the “shifts” in thinking they underwent as they altered the way they do ministry. They utilize the metaphor of an earthquake and the shifting of the tectonic plates to create a tsunami and apply it to the shifts in the church’s thinking to create a tsunami of missions.
In their work, the authors describe fifteen missional moves or “tectonic shifts” the church must make to conform to the mission of God. These moves are divided into three categories: paradigm shifts, centralized-practice shift, and decentralized practice shift.
The section on paradigm shifts challenges the reader to look “beyond the status quo, beyond what the church currently is to what she can be.” (18) The authors discuss how they had their eyes opened, both individually and collectively as a church, to see how God is working around them.
Section two deals with centralized shifts. These shifts looks at the moves churches must undertake to think “outside the box” and unleash the church to fulfill God’s mission. These shifts are marked by the move from a clergy-driven mindset to a “every member a minster” mindset. This is probably the most useful section of the book with practical examples of how these shifts were addressed at Granger.
The final section deals with decentralized shifts. These are the shifts that focus on the individual believer. As God has equipped each one of use with unique gifts, sometimes we are called to utilize these gifts in a setting outside the local church infrastructure. Wegner and Magruder look at what it takes to help the local church to support its members as they become a people of God on mission.
While this book does not really offer anything “new”, it does bring together the thoughts and ideas expressed elsewhere and show how they were applied in an actual ministry setting. This book is not written for the average layperson. It is designed for the ministry team or church planter.
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