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Treasure in Clay Jars : Patterns in Missional Faithfulness :  Patterns in Missional Faithfulness - Lois Y. Barrett

Treasure in Clay Jars : Patterns in Missional Faithfulness

Patterns in Missional Faithfulness

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Published: April 2004
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If you saw a missional church, what would it look like? What patterns of behavior and practice would you find there?

Building on the ground laid by the book "Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America" (Darrell Guder et al. 1998), "Treasure in Clay Jars" centers on case studies of nine missional congregations from across North America that are diverse in their denominational affiliations, worship styles, political stances, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The book explores eight concrete bpatternsb common to these churches. Although the patterns may be different in each setting, they can be recognized in any congregation seeking to participate in Godbs mission in the world.

The team that authored this book believes that bmissionalb says something not so much about the activities of the church as its character: bThe church does not exist for itself, but for participation in Godbs mission of reconciliation. . . . Mission is the character of the church in whatever context it exists.b The congregations studied here are bclay jars, b but each carries in its witness a remarkable treasure that points to Godbs power and purposes.

Authors: Lois Y. Barrett
Darrell L. Guder
Walter C. Hobbs
George R. Hunsberger
Linford L. Stutzman
Jeff Van Kooten
Dale A. Ziemer

Barry Harvey
""Treasure in Clay Jars"is a godsend for those who contend that the church is called to a distinctive way of life that runs counter to the dominant trends of modern and now postmodern culture. In a manner that is both theologically sound and generally accessible, the authors examine nine local congregations that embody distinctive patterns of faithfulness to the redemptive mission of God in the world. When people ask me 'Just where is this church you're always talking about?' I can now respond by handing them this book."
Wilbert R. Shenk
""Treasure in Clay Jars"is a bracing combination of vigorous theology and firsthand observation of what is happening at the front line. One frequently hears the plaint that books about the church and mission are too heady and make little contact with what goes on at the local level. The backbone of this work is case studies of congregations, ranging from Holy Ghost Full Gospel Baptist Church to Transfiguration Roman Catholic Parish in Brooklyn, alive to their calling to be the people of God in the world. Rather than suggesting that these churches furnish us with ideal models, this book emphasizes eight"missional practices"that characterize the local church committed to God's mission."Treasure in Clay Jars"is a worthy sequel to"Missional Church."""
Barry Harvey
-Treasure in Clay Jars is a godsend for those who contend that the church is called to a distinctive way of life that runs counter to the dominant trends of modern -- and now postmodern -- culture. In a manner that is both theologically sound and generally accessible, the authors examine nine local congregations that embody distinctive patterns of faithfulness to the redemptive mission of God in the world. When people ask me 'Just where is this church you're always talking about?' I can now respond by handing them this book.-

Wilbert R. Shenk
-Treasure in Clay Jars is a bracing combination of vigorous theology and firsthand observation of what is happening at the front line. One frequently hears the plaint that books about the church and mission are too heady and make little contact with what goes on at the local level. The backbone of this work is case studies of congregations, ranging from Holy Ghost Full Gospel Baptist Church to Transfiguration Roman Catholic Parish in Brooklyn, alive to their calling to be the people of God in the world. Rather than suggesting that these churches furnish us with ideal models, this book emphasizes eight missional practices that characterize the local church committed to God's mission.Treasure in Clay Jars is a worthy sequel to Missional Church.-

Prefacep. vi
So We Do Not Lose Heartp. ix
Congregational Sketchesp. 1
Discerning Missional Vocationp. 33
Biblical Formation and Discipleshipp. 59
Taking Risks as a Contrast Communityp. 74
Practices That Demonstrate God's Intent for the Worldp. 84
The Public Witness of Worshipp. 100
Dependence on the Holy Spiritp. 117
Pointing Toward the Reign of Godp. 126
Missional Authorityp. 139
Conclusion: Embodying and Proclaiming the Gospelp. 149
Methodp. 154
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ISBN: 9780802826923
ISBN-10: 080282692X
Series: The Gospel and Our Culture Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 186
Published: April 2004
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.27