Missional Map-Making: Skills for Leading in Timesof Transition
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Guidance for church leaders to develop their own maps and chart new paths toward stronger, more vibrant, and more missional congregations

In the burgeoning missional church movement, churches are seeking to become less focused on programs for members and more oriented toward outreach to people who are not already in church. This fundamental shift in what a congregation is and does and thinks is challenging for leaders and congregants. Using the metaphor of map-making, the book explains the perspective and skills needed to lead congregations and denominations in a time of radical change over unfamiliar terrain as churches change their focus from internal to external.

  • Offers a clear guide for leaders wanting to transition to a missional church model
  • Written by Alan Roxburgh, a prominent expert and practitioner in the missional movement
  • Guides leaders seeking to create new maps for leadership and church organization and focus
  • A Volume in the popular Leadership Network Series

This book is written to be accessible to all Christian congregational styles and denominations.


Alan Roxburgh is President of Missional Leadership Institute (Mli) and has pastored congregations in small towns, urban centers and the suburbs. He has served in denominational leadership as well as on the faculty of a seminary where he was responsible for teaching in the areas of leadership and domestic missional church leadership. Alan teaches in numerous seminaries as well as lecturing (including at the emergent church conventions) and consulting all over North America, Australia and Europe in the areas of leadership, transition, systems change and missional theology. Alan also serves as the Vice President for Allelon Canada, serving as Director of Educational Resources throughout North America and serves as the coordinating team leader for the Mission in Western Culture Project. Allelon is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization that sponsors a multi-generational network of missional church leaders, schools and parachurch organizations and produces tools and resources, including the Roxburgh Journal, an online blog and resource for missional churches all over the world.


Introduction: An Uncertain Journey.

Part One When Maps No Longer Work.

Chapter One Maps Shaping Our Imaginations in Modernity.

Chapter Two Leading in an In-Between Time.

Chapter Three When Common Sense Is No Longer Common.

Chapter Four From Playing Pool to Herding Cats.

Chapter Five Why Strategic Planning Doesn't Work in This New Space and Doesn't Fit God's Purposes.

Chapter Six Eight Currents of Change and the Challenge of Making New Maps.

Chapter Seven Lessons from the Formation of the Internet for Leading in This New Space.

Part Two The Map-Making Process.

Chapter Eight Cultivating a Core Identity in a Changed Environment.

Chapter Nine Cultivating Parallel Cultures of the Kingdom.

Chapter Ten Map-Making Partnerships Between a Local Church and Neighborhoods and Communities.


The Author.