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The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series Book 6) by [Reggie McNeal]

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"The Present Future by Reggie McNeal is one of the most thought-provoking and ministry-stimulating books I have read in the past year. Subtitled Six Tough Questions for the Church, McNeal paints a vivid picture of the need for and emergence of missional congregations and apostolic leaders for the twenty-first century. His critique of the decline and baggage of the modern church is right on target and is very useful to pastors and leaders who are struggling with the idea that just doing the same thing better and harder will create a better ministry outcome."

"Christian leaders will find great questions being answered in this compelling and motivating work that unwraps what McNeal calls 'the realities of the present future' in the church today."
— Kelvin Gardiner, district superintendent, Christian and Missionary Alliance.

"This book is a rare find in which McNeal lovingly challenges the church with a spirit of adventure and rediscovery."
—The Rt. Rev. Charles Jenkins, Bishop, The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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The package includes:
  • 1 Leader's guide
  • 1 Participant's guide
  • 4 DVDs
Filmed live before a studio audience, with Reggie McNeal teaching in his own distinctive style, the ten sessions include:

Session One: "Preparing for the Future"—a conversation designed to raise the possibility of experiencing a spiritual awakening and its implications for believers and the church

Session Two: "What Are You Looking At?"—the DVD series introduction that challenges participants to turn their attention to the world around them

Session Three: "The Collapse of the Church Culture," Part One—a session that examines the impact on the church of the rise of distinct generational cultures in North America

Session Four: "The Collapse of the Church Culture," Part Two—a discussion that confronts participants with the reality that getting back to the Christian movement will require a deconversion from "churchianity"

Session Five: "From Church Growth to Kingdom Growth"— a shift that moves our agenda from building great churches to serving our communities

Session Six: "A New Reformation: Releasing God's People"—a way of thinking that turns church members into missionaries and requires that they be freed from church involvement

Session Seven: "The Return to Spiritual Formation"—the need to address a fundamental need to help people grow as people, not just better church members

Session Eight: "From Planning to Preparation"—a look at how churches must move beyond incremental thinking (the result of planning more of the same) into partnering with God in his redemptive mission in the world (the result of a spiritual preparation modality when getting ready for the future)

Session Nine: "The Rise of Apostolic Leadership"—the reality of leadership requirements for spiritual leaders in a world that resembles A.D.30

Session Ten: "What's Next?"—an exploration of what next steps might be taken by believers and churches to align themselves with God's future for them

"Be prepared to be turned upside down and shaken loose of all your old notions of what church is and should be in today's world."
—George Cladis, senior pastor, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and author, Leading the Team-Based Church

"Reggie McNeal throws a lifeline to church leaders who are struggling with consumer-oriented congregations wanting church for themselves. The Present Future will recharge your passion."
—Rev. Robert R. Cushman, senior pastor, Princeton Alliance Church, Plainsboro, New Jersey

Maybe you're one of those people who has a sinking feeling that all is not well with the Christian church in America. Despite the many good things we can point to, the many faithful folks who are doing their best, something just seems to be missing. What's missing, as Reggie McNeal points out in The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church, is the gritty realization that the way we are doing church is just plain wrong. And worse than wrong, it jeopardizes the church's mission. In The Present Future, Reggie McNeal reframes the issues facing the church, replacing wrong key questions with tough questions that must be asked.

In this ten-session four-DVD curriculum, best-selling author Reggie McNeal teaches participants how to recognize the six most important new realities that church leaders must face if they are to move beyond "churchianity" to a more authentic and missional Christian faith. By changing the questions church leaders ask themselves about their congregations and their mission, they can reshape the Christian movement in North America.

The participant's guide may also be purchased separately.

--This text refers to the dvd_rom edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B002AWX684
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Jossey-Bass; 1st edition (July 14 2009)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 516 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 188 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0787965685
  • Customer Reviews:
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Reggie enjoys helping people, leaders, and Christian organizations pursue more intentional lives. He currently serves as the Missional Leadership Specialist for Leadership Network of Dallas, TX. Reggie’s past experience involves over a decade as a denominational executive and leadership development coach. He also served in local congregational leadership for over twenty years, including being the founding pastor of a new church. Reggie has lectured or taught as adjunct faculty for multiple seminaries, including Fuller Theological (Pasadena, CA), Southwestern Baptist (Ft. Worth, TX), Golden Gate Baptist (San Francisco, CA), Trinity Divinity School (Deerfield, IL), and Columbia International (Columbia, SC). In addition, he has served as a consultant to local church, denomination, and para-church leadership teams, as well as seminar developer and presenter for thousands of church leaders across North America. He has also resourced the United States Army Chief of Chaplains Office, Air Force chaplains, and the Air Force Education and Training Command. Reggie’s work also extends to the business sector, including The Gallup Organization.

Reggie has contributed to numerous denominational publications and church leadership journals, including Leadership and Net Results. His books include Revolution in Leadership (Abingdon Press, 1998), A Work of Heart: Understanding How God Shapes Spiritual Leaders (Jossey-Bass, 2000), The Present Future (Jossey-Bass, 2003), Practicing Greatness (Jossey-Bass, 2006), Get A Life! (Broadman & Holman, 2007). His latest book, Missional Renaissance: Changing the Scorecard for the Church (Jossey-Bass, 2009) details the three shifts that church leaders must make to engage the missional movement and offers suggestions for a different scorecard to reflect missional ministry.

Reggie’s education includes a B.A. degree from the University of South Carolina and the M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees both from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Reggie and his wife Cathy, have two daughters, Jessica and Susanna, and make their home in Columbia, South Carolina.

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