Denominations and New Church Development in Complex Social Contexts
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
"This important study is based on careful empirical analysis of the emerging North American environment, rigorous questioning of past practices, and theological-missiological critique of the prevailing ecclesiology. The roles of structures and leadership in facilitating effective missional witness is canvassed. Dr. Boshart demonstrates that leadership at all levels is crucial to a dynamic and fruit-bearing church. This is a vision-building work that challenges and inspires."
--Wilbert R. Shenk
Fuller Graduate School of Intercultural Studies
"An insightful and challenging exploration of a vital but under-researched subject--how can denominational structures and personnel interact creatively and constructively with pioneering church planters? Advocating a dynamic interplay of theology, missiology, ecclesiology, and organizational theory, David Boshart draws on interviews with church planters and denominational leaders and illustrates his findings through four extended case studies. Although his recommendations are specific to Mennonite Church USA, his research and conclusions are of much wider significance."
Anabaptist Network, UK
"David Boshart's Becoming Missional makes a significant contribution. Boshart hospitably listens to the experiences of church planters and denominational leaders, all of whom inhabit a post-Christendom culture in which old approaches no longer work. Recognizing anti-missional tendencies in thought and culture, Boshart draws upon social sciences, theology, and hands-on experience to propose approaches for all churches that are story-based, collaborative, and dialogical. Boshart's book is practical, hopeful, and needed. I recommend it highly."
Professor of Church History and Mission, retired
Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary