Last month Dr. Dwight Zscheile gave an excellent brief overview of his new book, authored jointly with Dr. Craig Van Gelder, The Missional Church in Perspective: Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation.
The book will be published in Spring 2011, and in the meantime Dr. Zscheile has agreed to post his powerpoint slides here.
From Craig Van Gelder's book The Ministry of the Missional Church: A Community Led by the Spirit:
The church is.
The church does what it is.
The church organizes what it does.
The interrelationship of all three aspects is important to understand. The church is. The church's nature provides the framework and foundation for understanding the essential character of the church. The church does what it is. The nature of the church establishes the foundation for understanding the purpose of the church …