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Structured for Mission


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Table of Contents

Part I: The Loss of Place
Introduction: Three Stories, Three Structures
1. The Place of Structures in the Midst of Massive Change
2. Structures Embody Our Deeply Held Stories
3. Structure and Institutions
4. Reevaluating Structure and Spirit
5. Legitimating Narratives: Structures and the Churches in the Twentieth Century
6. Changing Legitimacy-Changing Frameworks

Part II: Reframing Our Imagination
7. Metaphors and Imagination
8. The Hub and Spoke
9. Changing the Culture of the Denominations
10. From Here to There
11. Journeying into the New Space
12. Who Needs Structures?
Scripture Index
Subject Index

About the Author

Alan Roxburgh is a pastor, teacher, writer and consultant with more than thirty years of experience in church leadership, consulting and seminary education. His many books include Reaching a New Generation, Leadership in a Time of Change, Introducing the Missional Church and Missional: Joining God in the Neighborhood. Through The Missional Network, Alan leads training and consulting initiatives across the world.


"This book brings to light a new perspective on denominations' attempts to remain relevant in an ever-changing environment. The dynamics between denominational leaders and their local churches as crucial elements to transformation are well delineated, giving readers a clear understanding of what it takes to manage a successful change. This book demonstrates that good outcomes are possible with intentionally good interventions."--Janet Silverthorne Walker, Evangelical Missions Quarterly, July 2016
"As a pastor who has been involved in several 'revitalization processes' and has the disillusioned scars to prove it, I found much to be hopeful for in Roxburgh's work. He moves with ease in-between biblical and cultural interpretation, and draws from a variety of scholars and texts. And he strikes a fine balance between urging change and gaining discernment. In the end, this book could be a boon to many pastors and denominational leaders."--Gavin Dluehosh, The Englewood Review of Books, Summer 2015

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