The Church as Movement: Starting and Sustaining

The Church as Movement: Starting and Sustaining Missional-Incarnational Communities IVP Readers Choice AwardMissio Alliance Essential Reading List of Public gatherings are vital for movement, but too often in our approach to planting churches, we haven t paid enough attention to the difficult grassroots work of movement discipleship, community formation, and mission This book will help you start missional incarnational communities in a way that reflects the viral movement of the early New Testament church JR Woodward author of Creating a Missional Culture and Dan White Jr author of Subterranean have trained church planters all over North America to create movemental churches that are rooted in the neighborhood, based on eight necessary competencies Movement IntelligencePolycentric LeadershipBeing DisciplesMaking DisciplesMissional TheologyEcclesial ArchitectureCommunity FormationIncarnational PracticesThe book features an interactive format with tools, exercises, and reflection questions and activities It s ideal for church planting teams or discipleship groups to use together It s not enough to understand why the church needs missional and incarnational congregationsThe Church as Movement will also show you how to make disciples that make disciples This is the engine that drives the church as movement, so that everyday Christians can be present in the world to join God s mission in the way of Jesus


About the Author: J.R. Woodward

I have been passionately planting churches on the East and West Coast that value tight knit community, life forming discipleship, locally rooted presence and boundary crossing mission for over 25 years I m the author of Creating a Missional Culture IVP, 2012 and co author of The Church as Movement IVP, 2016.I co founded the Missio Alliance and currently serve as the National Director for the V3 Church Planting Movement I am the co founder of the Praxis Gathering and write for numerous websites and journals I have a Masters of Arts in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary and am currently working on his PhD at the University of Manchester UK I love to surf, travel, read, skateboard and meet new people I enjoy photography and film and try to attend the Sundance Film Festival whenever I can.



10 thoughts on “The Church as Movement: Starting and Sustaining Missional-Incarnational Communities

  1. JR Rozko JR Rozko says:

    If I am being honest, I m not generally a big fan of books on church planting My lack of enthusiasm stems from two primary observations.First, many books on church planting are authored by people who actually have surprisingly limited experience in church planting or whose credibility rests on a single relatively meaningless criterion their ability to draw a large cr


  2. Chris Chris says:

    The last ten years has given us a series of books on building the church not as an institution, or an entertainment hub, but as a neighborhood mission center for the gospel Now in the missional church tradition of books like The Forgotten Ways, The New Parish The Church as Movement provides a walk thru of missional basics for neighborhood groups seeking to put this int


  3. Bob Bob says:

    Summary An interactive guide for communities wanting to learn how to become missional incarnational movements rather than Christian industrial complexes through growth in eight competencies.J.R Woodward and Dan White Jr believe there is something fundamentally wrong with an American church model focused around the metrics of buildings, butts in the seats , and budgets a


  4. Sam Sam says:

    The Church as Movement, J.R.Woodard We have failed to be and make disciples of Jesus The cost of non discipleship is the irrelevance of the church Transformation comes by following Christ through the Spirit with others We must die to self, our infatuation with speed and size, and devote ourselves to the work of making disciples Movement starts with our imitation of Christ


  5. Joe McFadden Joe McFadden says:

    can often tell alot about a book by its title In The Church As Movement authors J.R Woodward and Dan White Jr do an excellent job unpacking the title of this book For most of us our view of church is tied up in a building a place we go to on a particular day of the week Our inherited patterns of church fall short of the kind of movement that Jesus and his disciples initiated


  6. Aaron Monts Aaron Monts says:

    Fantastic reorientation for the church planting movementAs I embark on the journey of planting a second church, JR and Dan s work has become vitally important for how I seek to engage the city and culture around me with the grace and love of Jesus Their work is a practical workbook experience that helps you take stock of your current progress while continuing to think about th


  7. Tim Tim says:

    Too many of us know how frustrating and even hurtful it can be to love Jesus s church but not fit into any local church anyone who questions the elevated role of the Sunday service has felt the isolation In light of this, Church as Movement isthan the practical guidebook it sets out to be it s the resounding reminder that we re not alone, that we re not crazy Reading Church as M


  8. Brian Brian says:

    It s a quick read A lot of practical advice about planting Missional communities and churches However I found myself moving through it rather quickly because much of it has been covered in other books that I have read for my program And in general it wasn t sticky enough to remember.


  9. Noah Stepro Stepro Noah Stepro Stepro says:

    This is an incredibly helpful tool for church leaders and especially church planters A must read


  10. Billy Billy says:

    In August, I received a copy of The Church As Movement Starting and Sustaining Missional Incarnational Communities by JR Woodward and Dan White, Jr from their publisher, Intervarsity Press I was excited to dig into the book as I have known JR for a long time, and I m regularly impressed by his thoughts on church and faith When I first met JR, he had recently transitioned from an incre


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