On The Verge: A Journey Into the Apostolic Future of the Church

Paperback | May 3, 2011

byAlan Hirsch, Dave Ferguson

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The church is on the verge of massive, category shifting, change. Contemporary church growth, despite its many blessings, has failed to stem the decline of Christianity in the West. We are now facing the fact that more of the same will not produce different results. Our times require a different kind of church-an apostolic, reproducing, movement where every person is living a mission-sent life.Many of the best and brightest leaders in the contemporary church are now making the shift in the way they think, lead, and organize. Motivated partly by a vision of the church as ancient as it is new, and with a driving desire to see Biblical Christianity establish itself in Western cultural contexts, we are indeed seeing a new form of the church emerge in our day. Hirsch and Ferguson call this "apostolic movement" because it is more resonant with the form of church that we witness in the pages of the New Testament and in the great missional movements of history. In this book, Hirsch and Ferguson share a rich array of theology, theory, and best practices, along with inspiring stories about leaders who have rightly diagnosed their churches' failure to embrace a biblical model of mission and have moved toward a fuller expression of the gospel. On the Verge will help church leaders discover how these forerunners and their insights are launching a new apostolic movement-and how any church can get involved.

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The church is on the verge of massive, category shifting, change. Contemporary church growth, despite its many blessings, has failed to stem the decline of Christianity in the West. We are now facing the fact that more of the same will not produce different results. Our times require a different kind of church-an apostolic, reproducing...

Alan Hirsch is an award-winning author on various aspects of missional Christianity and co-founder of Future Travelers, an intentional learning journey for contemporary churches seeking to transition to becoming authentic movementsDave Ferguson is a spiritual entrepreneur and the lead pastor of Community Christian Church, an innovative...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:May 3, 2011Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0310331005

ISBN - 13:9780310331001

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'What do you do when the old ways of doing church just don't seem to work anymore? Thousands of pastors are asking this question at a time when the Church seems to be in danger of being marginalized in our culture. There are no two people better equipped to answer this question than my good friends Alan Hirsch and Dave Ferguson. Their book does more than provide solutions: it gives hope that the Church's best days are yet to come.' -- Greg Surratt, , Lead Pastor