The Shaping of Things to Come Innovation and Mission for the 21st-Century Church
Michael Frost, Alan Hirsch
ISBN 1-56563-659-7 (USA), 1-8768-2587-1 (Australia)
The message of Frost and Hirsch is vital for the 21st century church. In essence it is this:
we in the West no longer live in Christendom – societies that have a broadly Christian
worldview. Instead, we are in the same situation that most missionaries encounter in a non-Christian
we are in a minority.
we have no automatic right to be heard, or to receive respect for our worldview. Indeed the
default position of those around us is suspicion.
traditional Western “attractional” methods (“please come along to our church”)
are increasingly ineffective on their own.
as missionaries, we must understand, learn and use the culture around us.
Dave Hackett of visionSynergy.net has summed this up as: “appeal to their
authorities, speak their language, use their imagery.”
effective evangelism means building ongoing relationships of trust, and meeting people where they
are, not where we are, outside our own comfort zones.
These insights are essential for evangelism in a postmodern society, including online outreach.
For a more detailed review of this vital book, see
Facing the Challenge. [www.facingthechallenge.org/hirsch.php]
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