Missional Renaissance: Changing the Scorecard forthe Church
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Reggie McNeal's bestseller The Present Future is the definitive work on the "missional movement," i.e., the widespread movement among Protestant churches to be less inwardly focused and more oriented toward the culture and community around them. In that book he asked the tough questions that churches needed to entertain to begin to think about who they are and what they are doing; in Missional Renaissance, he shows them the three significant shifts in their thinking and behavior that they need to make that will allow leaders to chart a course toward being missional: (1) from an internal to an external focus, ending the church as exclusive social club model; (2) from running programs and ministries to developing people as its core activity; and (3) from professional leadership to leadership that is shared by everyone in the community. With in-depth discussions of the "what" and the "how" of transitioning to being a missional church, readers will be equipped to move into what McNeal sees as the most viable future for Christianity. For all those thousands of churches who are asking about what to do next after reading The Present Future, Missional Renaissance will provide the answer.


Reggie McNeal serves as the Missional Leadership Specialist for Leadership Network of Dallas, Texas. McNeal is the author of A Work of Heart: Understanding How God Shapes Spiritual Leaders and the best-selling The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church and Practicing Greatness: 7 Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders from Jossey-Bass.

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About Leadership Network xi

Introduction xiii

1 The Missional Renaissance 1

2 Missional Manifesto 19

3 Missional Shift 1: From an Internal to an External Focus 41

4 Changing the Scorecard from Internal to External Focus 67

5 Missional Shift 2: From Program Development to People Development 89

6 Changing the Scorecard from Measuring Programs to Helping People Grow 111

7 Missional Shift 3: From Church-Based to Kingdom-Based Leadership 129

8 Changing the Scorecard from Church-Based to Kingdom-Based Leadership 157

Conclusion 177

Notes 183

The Author 187

Index 189


"Let me say this outright: This book is a must-read for Jesus-Creeders." (Beliefnet.com)