Books, websites, and other resources we've found helpful in our travels.
Growing Local Missionaries Dan Steigerwald
A brief but jam-packed, practical book about real action for the good of the world. Growing Local Missionaries is a fuller exploration of our identity as God’s agents of shalom, and the practical skills to live out His dream for the world.
Grow Where You're Planted Dan Steigerwald and Kelly Crull
Innovative expressions of church require new measures of health and maturity. Based on real-life projects and churches, Grow Where You’re Planted proposes a set of “hallmarks” common to all churches - regardless of form - to assist leaders in developing a new dashboard for measuring growth, health, and sustainability.
Your Vocational Credo Deborah Koehn Loyd
We know God has created each one of us in unique ways, but we often struggle to understand his divine plans. Many of us live with a vague sense of discontent as we question who we are and what God has designed us to do. This practical book will help find your credo and accomplish the work God has designed just for you.
The Shaping of Things to Come Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch
The newly revised and updated version of a classic in missional church literature! Shaping is a thorough treatment of why and how the church needs to recalibrate to meet the challenges of 21st-Century Western culture. For many in the missional church movement, this book is legendary for its ability to produce ‘a-ha moments.’
The Forgotten Ways Alan Hirsch
Our good friend Alan considers The Forgotten Ways the guiding work to all of his other writings. Newly revised and updated, the book explores the factors that come together to generate high-impact, exponentially explosive, spiritually vibrant Jesus movements in any time and context. This paradigm-shifting classic remains the definitive statement of the church as dynamic missional movement.
Missional Essentials Brad Brisco and Lance Ford
A wonderfully concise and accessible workbook Missional Essentials is designed to help individuals and groups adopt a missional posture in their neighborhoods. The book’s twelve lessons build one upon the next to guide the reader through the theology and practice needed to cultivate a missional life.
Right Here Right Now Alan Hirsch and Lance Ford
Using real-life examples, Alan and Lance offer practical ways for ‘ordinary Christians’ to live missionally right where they are. Right Here Right Now is an easy non-technical read sure to inspire you to missional engagement regardless of your situation, vocation, or location.
Disappearing Church Mark Sayers
The always-thoughtful-but-provocative pastor and social commentator, Mark Sayers, takes us on a deep dive into issues of ecclesiology and cultural relevancy. Disappearing Church calls us to resist the ever-present temptation to blend into our culture (and in doing so, “disappear”), rather to embrace the countercultural witness of the church as slaves to the gospel. This short book is straight-up and hard-hitting, yet hopeful.
Pursuing God's Will Together Ruth Haley Barton
Simply put, a must read for church leaders and leadership teams. In Pursuing God’s Will Together Ruth Haley Barton challenges the practices we have unwittingly adopted from the business world to lead our churches. She then proposes an alternative model - the spiritual community that discerns God’s will together - along with individual and group practices that foster listening to God together.
For Deeper Exploration
theforgottenways.org - a deeper dive into all things APEST including assessments for individuals and teams
strengthsfinder.com - strengths assessment tools and resources
transformingcenter.org - tools for strengthening the souls of pastors, leaders, and the congregations they serve
pursuing God's will together - more info about ruth haley barton's book on spiritual discernment for groups
praying with scripture - explore lectio divina and gospel contemplation as means for prayer
the examen - ignatian spirituality's toolbox for the practice of the daily examen
northumbriacommunity.org - info on 'rule of life' practices from a celtic new monastic perspective
forge america - US based local training hubs for missional living
forge international - global site for training hubs for missional living: europe, australia, and canada