Item description for The Church on the Other Side: Doing Ministry in the Postmodern Matrix by Brian D. McLaren...
Overview Tested strategies for pastors and churches that want to be somewhere else in the postmodern world and need reliable and practical help to get there. Now revised and expanded. Formerly titled Reinventing Your Church.
Publishers Description Making the leap from yesterday to todayIf you're a church leader or committed member and you're tired of easy steps and facile formulas for church health, growth, and renewal, then this book points the way to thoughtful action and profound, liberating change. Discover the importance of redefining your mission, finding fresh ways to communicate the gospel, and engaging today's culture with understanding. Brian McLaren shows you thirteen practices for navigating towards a vibrant church that can reach out and serve the conviction and confidence in today's changing new world.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.48 lbs.
Release Date Jan 9, 2003
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Edition Revised and Exp
ISBN 0310252199 ISBN13 9780310252191 UPC 025986252199
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More About Brian D. McLaren
Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. After teaching college English, Brian was a church planter, pastor, and networker in the Baltimore-Washington DC area for over 20 years. He is a popular conference speaker and a frequent guest lecturer for denominational and ecumenical leadership gatherings in the U.S. and internationally, and is Theologian-in-Residence at Life in the Trinity Ministry. Brian's writing spans over a dozen books, including his acclaimed A New Kind of Christian trilogy, A Generous Orthodoxy, and his most recent titles, Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words (2011) and the eBook prequel to this title, The Girl with the Dove Tattoo (June 2012). A frequent guest on television, radio, and news media programs, Brian is also an active and popular blogger, a musician, and an avid outdoor enthusiast. Learn more at his website, www.brianmclaren.net. Brian is married to Grace, and they have four adult children.
Brian D. McLaren currently resides in the state of Maryland. Brian D. McLaren was born in 1956.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Church On The Other Side?
Tremendous cultural insight Nov 13, 2006
While much of McLaren's work has an aire of pluralism, his insight into culture and how the church should respond to it is tremendous. This book in particular is practical, accessable, and explores process rather than a cookie-cutter approach to how every church should look and act. Well worth reading for the contemporary church planter.
Fighting Traditionalism Aug 25, 2006
God has raised up the likes of Brian McLaren. I know that some are highly critical of him, but I am reminded of what the Lord said to his disciples when they saw a man casting out demons in the name of Jesus who was not in their company, "Do not hinder hinder him, for there is no one who will perform a miracle in My name, and be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. For he who is not against us is for us" (Mk 9:39, 40, NASB).
While reading this book by McLaren, I realized now what is really important to Jesus. Our Lord wants us to know our culture in order to better communicate his message. And this is what McLaren has done in this book, calling the church to know this postmodern world in which we are living.
Insightful and inspiring Aug 12, 2006
What a book. McLaren writes passionately and poignantly about the task we face today. "If you have a new world, you need a new church. You have a new world." McLaren moves quickly into a discussion of what is happening in the landscape of the church today: the earth moving under our feet . . . tectonic shifts . . . earthquakes . . . . "We can live for years quite unaware of how pressures are building, but then, seemingly out of nowhere, tremors start to occur with increasing frequency. Sometimes we encounter a "big one," and almost overnight our world changes so dramatically that old maps no longer fit the new reality." He continues: "Make no mistake -- a new world is bursting forth beneath our bands of concrete and asphalt, erupting under our miles of wire drooping between creosoted telephone poles, heaving its strength like tectonic plates to crack presumably solid foundations. If you are a Christian of any sort -- liberal, conservative, evangelical, mainline, Catholic, Protestant, hand-clapper, nonclapper, devotee of pipe organ or keyboard, of piano or guitar -- or even if you are not a Christian, you recognize that these gringing, shifting, transitional times have shaken the church. It is unsettled, imbalanced, nervous, reeling, sometimes oblivious but more often these days wide-eyed and openmouthed with speechless anxiety, wondering when the shaking will be over. Is the church a dinosaur at the end of the Jurassic? Will it survive the changes?" A few pages later he continues again: "Many old churches are being shaken half to death, barely surviving, too rarely thriving. And where they are thriving, it's for one of two reasons: Either they are creating time warps where the past will be preserved so reactionary folk can flock there for a safe -- temporary -- old familiar haven; or they are among the learners at the top who are surfing change into the new world and transitioning old churches of yesterday into the new churches of the other side. The point is, if you have a new world, you need a new church. You have a new world." This book, he says, "is for people who don't think we can go back to the old world -- and don't want to. It is for people who want to help define and shape the church of the future, under the guidance of God." "This is a book," he says, "about the hard work of fresh thinking -- innovative, bold, creative thinking." In the book, McLaren offers thirteen strategies for transitioning churches to a whole new way of being. "As incomplete and imperfect though these proposed strategies may be, God willing, they will get many of us thinking together and working together in what my be the most important, most revolutionary task of our generation -- planting and developing the church on the other side." There -- that's a whirlwind summary of the introduction to the book. Now go get yourself a copy and start reading the thirteen strategies! I found his strategy number nine -- "Save the Leaders" -- to be truly inspirational, and desperately needed.
Disappointing Apr 17, 2006
McLaren's critique of the church in the modern age paints a scathing picture, but doesn't refer to any leaders by name. His perspective seems distorted to me, but I cannot tell who he has in mind, because he doesn't cite any particular modern church writings.
Of most concern to me is that McLaren's strategies seem to lack biblical support. Culture seems to be the guiding force behind his strategies, but he is working from his own projection of the direction of western culture in the future. If McLaren's projection is off, then his strategies will be irrelevant at best.
I am not crazy - I'm just in tune Aug 14, 2005
Many of us younger Christians have this nagging feeling that something is very "sub-optimal" about the way most churches "do church". We watch Christian television and feel embarrassed, we go to church and feel awkward, and sometimes we wonder if we are rebellious individualists, about-to-be apostates or just too unspiritual to see the beauty of the awkwardness. Many of us just leave...
After reading Brian McLaren's: "Church on the other side", I feel a lot better. It turns out there is a healthy reason for my more or less subconscious and unproductive aggression. What is going on is that some of us, both Christians and others have made the paradigm shift into the post modern mindset, whereas quite a few... most Christians and a lot of others haven't. My rebellion, it turns out, is not against Christ or the church, but against the impossibility of communicating the gospel to post moderns within a modern framework. My rebellion is not against Christianity itself, but against parts of the modern mindset that has been confused with Christianity, but turns out to be just culture.
Anybody interested in understanding the future of Christianity will benefit greatly from reading some of McLarens books, and "Church on the other side" is not a bad place to start. His treatment of the seven modernist viruses from which the church must be "debugged" is it to prosper in the new millennium, is alone worth the price of the book.