Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Books - introverted missional

A couple of books I would like to get:

1. Introverts In The Church looks like my kind of book. I always cringe when church leaders tell me I "just need to...." And what they usually mean is... I need to be more extroverted. That might work if I WERE an extrovert. But the truth is, there is nothing wrong with being introverted. The book description off Amazon says...
Introverts are called and gifted by God. But many churches tend to be extroverted places where introverts are marginalized. Some Christians end up feeling like it's not as faithful to be an introvert.

Adam McHugh shows how introverts can live and minister in ways consistent with their personalities. He explains how introverts and extroverts process information and approach relationships differently and how introverts can practice Christian spirituality in ways that fit who they are. With practical illustrations from church and parachurch contexts, McHugh offers ways for introverts to serve, lead, worship and even evangelize effectively.

Introverts in the Church is essential reading for any introvert who has ever felt out of place, as well as for church leaders who want to make their churches more welcoming to introverts. Discover God's call and empowering to thrive as an introvert, for the sake of the church and kingdom.

2. Another book I would possibly like to get is Alan Roxburgh and Scott Boren's 'Introducing the Missional Church: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How To Become One.' As stated on their blog...
Boren and Roxburgh offer a series of concrete steps to guide a church through this process in three parts: Part One seeks to ask different questions than we typically do when thinking of church strategy. How can we discover a ‘missional River’ to carry us into our unchartered missionary context? Part Two explains how rather than a list of characteristics, traits or programs there are three missional ‘streams’, or markers, that shape the life of missional people. They are: recognizing that the West is a mission field and we need to change how the church looks in each local community, recognizing that we are rich and blessed and have made the Gospel about us and it isn’t, and recognizing that the first church was a public forum and the local church needs to be it again. Part Three shares key ways to enter the missional river, recognizing that each local church has a unique story and needs to listen to the Spirit to hear their unique pathway into the missional world.