ChurchNext by Eddie Gibbs

I just rounded off the summer reading list with Newbigin's 'Trinitarian Faith and Today's Mission', a book arguing that the synoptic gospels were a Greek translation from the original Hebrew story, and Eddie Gibbs' 'ChurchNext'. I am now going to start on seminary stuff, most of which will be technical reading. I plan on doing much less blogging, maybe once a week or so. Anyway, I wasn't too impressed by any of these. The subtitle of ChurchNext is 'Quantum Changes in How We Do Ministry', so obviously it is a very practical book. If you are looking for something practical, I would first read 'The Shaping of Things to Come' by Frost and Hirsch, which I rambled about here. Gibbs was very insightful on some things though. And as a disclaimer, neither of these books have everything right. None do, except maybe Piper. I will leave you with 12 indicators of a missional church that Gibbs ganked from the Gospel and Our Culture Network:
1. It is a church that proclaims the gospel.
2. It is a community where all members are involved in learning to become disciples of Jesus
3. The Bible is normative in the life of the church.
4. The church understands itself as different from the world because of its participation in the life, death, and resurrection of its Lord.
5. The church seeks to discern God's specific missional vocation for the entire community and for all its members.
6. Christians behave Christianly towards one another.
7. The church is a community that practices reconciliation.
8. People within the community hold themselves accountable to one another in love.
9. The church practices hospitality.
10. Worship is the central act by which the community celebrates with joy and thanksgiving both God's presence and God's promised future.
11. The church is a community that has a vital public witness.
12. There is a recognition that the church itself is an incomplete expression of the reign of God. (p52)