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AND: The Gathered and Scattered Church

AND The Gathered and Scattered Church AND by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay asks and provides an answer for one of the most important questions for church leaders today What is happening to the church in America By all appearances it looks

  • Title: AND: The Gathered and Scattered Church
  • Author: Hugh Halter Matt Smay
  • ISBN: 9780310325857
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Paperback
  • AND, by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay, asks and provides an answer for one of the most important questions for church leaders today What is happening to the church in America By all appearances, it looks like we are doing church better than we ever have In the past thirty years the number of mega churches has increased from under 100 to over 7,500 In the past ten years tAND, by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay, asks and provides an answer for one of the most important questions for church leaders today What is happening to the church in America By all appearances, it looks like we are doing church better than we ever have In the past thirty years the number of mega churches has increased from under 100 to over 7,500 In the past ten years the number of multi site churches has increased from under 100 to over 2,000 By the numbers, these church movements enjoy the national platform, the national voice, and the resources to profoundly impact the Kingdom In spite of the rapid growth of these prevailing church movements, why is the Western church still in massive decline Numerous books have been written documenting the flight of members from the institutional church This is not another book about how to do church better or how to just get people back into the pews AND helps you whether you are a mega church, traditional, contemporary, or organic church leader focus on the vast majority of unchurched Christians and non believers who are not moving toward any form of church You will learn how to value existing church forms attracting people to a physical church and releasing people into hands on ministry bringing together the very best of the attractional and missional models for church ministry AND will equip you and all church leaders to value existing church forms while catalyzing a missional movement of incarnational people into the world for Jesus Christ AND is the second book in the Exponential Series a partnership between Exponential Network, Leadership Network, and Zondervan featuring several signature books each year to tell the reproducing church story, celebrate the diversity of models and approaches God is using to reproduce healthy congregations, and highlight the innovative practices of healthy reproducing churches.

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    1. I deeply appreciated this balanced and (what I believe is) Biblical approach to church. Church is not simply a gathering of His people into a buildingough there is good that happens when this occurs is too a scattering of disciples and witness to communally incarnate the Gospel and proclaim the good news in word and deed. May it be so!!

    2. If you’re tired of the missional vs. attractional debate, this is a great book. It’s a hugely practical book in which Halter and Smay lay down the necessity of both the gathered and scattered church and include steps to balance both in your congregation. It also has great steps for leading change one way or the other.

    3. I firmly believe that if every pastor in America read this book, two things would happen. First, we would have a major disruption and church-fight on our hands. Second, a stronger, healthier, and more effective church would emerge in America. While Hugh Halter and Matt Smay temper their criticism of the contemporary American church with exhortations to proceed slowly and patiently, their vision (and their practice) is truly counter-cultural and revolutionary. It is counter-cultural in that it ch [...]

    4. “Church is God’s people intentionally committing to die together so that others can find his kingdom.”Halter and Smay raise important questions for the modern church to consider, especially as more and more become disillusioned with the church as a historical institution and as many more leave. I found their candor to be challenging and unapologetic, but they were also respectful in their criticisms of some of the more consumeristic and attractional church models. There isn't an easy solut [...]

    5. Along with The Tangible Kingdom (Halter and Smay's first book), And: The Gathered and Scattered Church is a challenging and worthwhile book for church leaders and church planters. It's unique and insightful. In many ways Halter and Smay are extremely balanced (a rarity among writings on the subject of missional church). This balance comes through in the title of the this book, And: The Gathered AND Scattered Church. Halter and Smay are trying to do a good job of encouraging, and challenging, but [...]

    6. "The book read like a collection of papers or articles which were written separately but which touched on related topics The thrust of the book is that the church is to be sent/missional, but there will also be gatherings. Both of the authors of the book, Hugh Halter and Matt Smay, come from a strongly missional position. So in many ways the book reflects their push to be missional first. Secondly comes their realization and almost concession that there will be gatherings." Click here to continu [...]

    7. Where Tangible Kingdom prods and irks like an angst-ridden teenager, AND argues tactfully like a softened veteran. I would say this is light years beyond TK and would be the proper starting place if you are thinking about Missional Communities and not a fan of the "boo, church" approach that incarnational model guys tend to bark. I will not spoil the contents, suffice to say that if you don't read this book now, you will read it in 15 years when everyone points to these guys as the prophets of t [...]

    8. Overall, good stuff. There are places where it becomes very theoretical and one could find oneself asking what on earth they are talking about. However, there is also a good bit of very useful, very practical talk that serves as critique of things as they are and offers alternatives as to how things can be. The basic tension highlighted in the title between the church gathered and the church scattered is covered throughout the book in ways that are helpful. If you read this book, read through to [...]

    9. Explains an outline for church/homechurch/community growth. Gave me a deeper appreciation of what is fueling my pastor.Written by two "pastors" who are using this approach to mission and ministry in Denver CO. Area, this book is geared more to leaders/pastors within a church. Lay members get a better understanding of the direction in which they're encouraged to go and what that might look like.

    10. It was a good follow-up to the story found in "The Tangible Kingdom" AND it makes you want to "go out and make diciples." AND is more practical than The Tangible Kingdom in that it gives good examples of what to do next. I liked how Hugh and Matt displayed very well how an existing church AND a church plant can both incorporate the gathering of a church community AND the scattering of the church out into the world to be more missional. It was an enjoyable read.

    11. For years, many people in the church of the west seem to believe that to be relevant one needs to conform to society. As a result the church is dying and becoming increasingly irrelevant. This book is all about becoming truly relevant to society by actually listening to and following Jesus, not just pretending.

    12. Well balanced look at the missional church and what is needed in western culture without neglecting the role of the organized gathering.In my opinion the most eye opening piece is how the authors break down consumerism in the faith and show even many noble pursuits, can be carnal and consumeristic and contrary to christs vision of the church.

    13. I didn't like the way he portraited the church sometimes as a completely unmissional entity. But the author communicates his passion for seeing lost people engaged with the truths of the gospel. In my opinion the most helpful idea in this book was chapter five on the modalic and sodalic arms of the church. Read pastoral and missional arms.

    14. In a very real sense, AND could serve as a practical handbook for the missional church. Not in a step-by-step, how to sort of a way. Rather in a grass roots, here's what's to consider, watch out for and explore more deeply sort of way. Easily accessible for a wide audience, this is a must read for those looking to invest deeply into the missional way of living.

    15. If I was guessing, I would guess that the author wrote The Tangible Kingdom to call those in a more attractional ("modalic") church model to be more missional ("sodalic"). AND seems like it was written to esteem the values of a gathering to those who are pursuing a more missional model of church. I still really like it, but TK resonated more with me.

    16. This book is for those who want to move beyond mere church attendance. The author provided me with a new perspective of the purpose of meeting and the need to send out believers. Great food for thought and a wonderful book for pastors and church staff to read and discuss together. it is easy to read, compelling and very relevant for today's church.

    17. I don't think I have much to add than my friend Miguel on his review!Phenomenal! I would say this is in the top 5 for this year. Chapter 7 is an ecclesiological egg heads playground. Grasping the concepts in this book and putting them to practice seals the breach in organic or simple churches and our institutional friends.

    18. "And" is a breath of fresh air for pastors and church leaders who are looking to help lead their congregations into engagement in Gods mission. Their stories and insights are a valuable resource for church leaders. Highly recommend this book.

    19. Phenomenal! I would say this is in the top 5 for this year. Chapter 7 is an ecclesiological egg heads playground. Grasping the concepts in this book and putting them to practice seals the breach in organic or simple churches and our institutional friends.

    20. Great title! Great idea for a book. Not sure they really understand the significance and purpose of gathering, though. :(

    21. If you ever wanted to learn how to plant a church or find the inspiration to plant a church this is the book for youSuch a great read.

    22. A challenging book that really messed up my life and thinking in a way a book has not done in a while.

    23. A great read for church leaders who need to think clearly about how to balance organized gatherings with a mission-sending impulse. BOTH are needed.

    24. I have read a ton of books on the Church and this is, if not the best, certainly a runner up! A must read for every pastor and anyone else interested in the Church.

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