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An engaging and thoughtful book that guides readers into the frontiers of being a missional Christian

Prodigal Christianity offers a down-to-earth, accessible, and yet provocative understanding of God's mission of redemption in the world, and how followers of Christ can participate in this work. It speaks into the discontent of all those who have exhausted conservative, liberal, and even emergent ways of being Christian and are looking for a new way forward. It offers building blocks for missional theology and practice that moves Christians into a gospel-centered way of life for our culture and our times.

  • Offers a compelling and creative vision for North American Christians
  • Puts forth a theology and ten critical signposts that must be observed to follow a missional way of life: post-Christendom, missio Dei, incarnation, witness, scripture, gospel, church, sexuality, justice, pluralism
  • Asks questions and points to issues that trouble many leaders in the post-modern, post-denominational, post-Christendom church

This book can fill the gap for the average Christian left discontented with the current options 'after evangelicalism.'


David E. Fitch is a copastor and founder of Life on the Vine Christian Community and coaches church-planting for the Midwest District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. He is the B.R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary, Chicago, and is author of The Great Giveaway and The End of Evangelicalism?

Geoff Holsclaw is a copastor at Life on the Vine Christian Community and an adjunct professor of theology at Northern Seminary. He is the Mid-West regional coordinator for Ecclesia Network.


The mission of Leadership Network identifies and connects innovative church leaders, providing them with resources in the form of new ideas, people, and tools. Contact Leadership Network at leadnet.org.


"When it comes to pastoral theology, the only voices I care to hear are those who are pastoring, and pastoring well. David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw are such voices. Their book reflects a rare combination of faithful neighborhood witness, embodied church life, and theological rigor. The result is a compelling missional theology for today's missional Christian."
Scot McKnight, professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary; author of numerous books including King Jesus Gospel

"Over the last decade the church has finally begun to engage what it means to be sent (missional). What we have yet to learn is how to be sent (incarnational). This is exactly the kind of book that is needed to re-engage the lost art of incarnational mission."?
Alan Hirsch, author of The Permanent Revolution; Untamed; Right Here, Right Now ; and The Forgotten Ways

"Prodigal Christianity's push to return to the local is not a fad. It is the aching, beseeching call of the Spirit to rediscover the deeply human shape of the gospel. In the midst of the unraveling of church life in North America, Fitch and Holsclaw grasp what's at stake in the formation of Christian life at this time." ?
Alan J. Roxburgh, founder of The Missional Network ; author of The Missional Leader, Missional Map-Making , and Missional: Joining God in the Neighborhood

"Thoughtful, rooted, and direct. Fitch and Holsclaw do something with Prodigal Christianity that most authors can't pull off. They hold the tension between the prophetic and priestly. As a result they make some readers squirm?and others question. Yet their love for the church, rooted in their own experience, provides a foundation so often lacking in the missional conversations.?As a result, nobody will be able to read this book and remain comfortable where they are."
Gary V. Nelson, president of Tyndale University College & Seminary, Toronto


About the Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series xi

Preface and Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: Following Jesus into the Far Countrythe Winter of Our Discontent xix

Signpost One: Post-Christendom 1

Into the Far Country: The Journey into Post-Christendom

Signpost Two: Missio Dei 16

With the Prodigal God: The Journey into God's Mission

Signpost Three: Incarnation 31

On the Ground: The Journey into Everyday Life

Signpost Four: Witness 48

In the World: The Journey into the World

Signpost Five: Scripture 66

Living Our Story: Journeying by the Book

That Is More Than a Book

Signpost Six: Gospel 83

Making All Things Right: The Journey into Redemption

Signpost Seven: Church 96

In Kingdom Communities: The Journey as the Body of Christ into the World

Signpost Eight: Prodigal Relationships 114

With Our Brokenness: The Journey Toward Sexual Redemption

Signpost Nine: Prodigal Justice 131

Among Our Neighborhoods: The Journey Toward Local Justice

Signpost Ten: Prodigal Openness 148

For the Good News: The Journey into Diverse Worlds

Epilogue: The Prodigal Returns 163

Notes 167

About the Authors 183

Index 185


Titel: Prodigal Christianity
Untertitel: 10 Signposts into the Missional Frontier
EAN: 9781118228357
ISBN: 978-1-118-22835-7
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Jossey-Bass
Genre: Philosophie, Religion
Anzahl Seiten: 224
Veröffentlichung: 01.02.2013
Jahr: 2013
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 2.3 MB