A Missional Church Bibliography


For any who are looking to engage the missional church conversation, I have compiled a bibliography of the main contributors that I am aware of. Each title listed also carries a link to the Amazon page for easy access to further information. I have by no means read all of these listed here and they are certainly not all in agreement with each other. The first work listed, edited by Darrell Guder, is generally regarded as the work that kicked off the movement. Alan Roxburgh and Craig Van Gelder are two of the four contributors to that volume. The second work listed, The Missional Church in Perspective, is a follow-up to the first offering clarification and revision. Though there are many more books that outline the theological and theoretical foundations of the missional church I have tried to focus attention on the practical – those that suggest ways of transforming into and functioning as a missional church. I would greatly appreciate any suggestions on additions or revisions to the list collected here!

Primary Theoretical/Theological Introduction

 Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America (Gospel & Our Culture)

by Darrell L. Guder

 Missional Church in Perspective, The: Mapping Trends and Shaping the Conversation (The Missional Network)

by Craig Van Gelder

 The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative

by Christopher J. H. Wright

 The Gospel in a Pluralist Society

by Lesslie Newbigin

 Foolishness to the Greeks: The Gospel and Western Culture

by Lesslie Newbigin

 Transforming Mission: Paradign Shifts in Theology of Mission (American Society of Missiology)

by David Jacobus Bosch


The Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside Your Door

by Dave Runyon

 Prodigal Christianity: 10 Signposts into the Missional Frontier (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series)

by David E. Fitch

 Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered​ Ministry in Your City

by Timothy J. Keller

Craig Van Gelder

The Ministry of the Missional Church: A Community Led by the Spirit

 The Missional Church in Context: Helping Congregations Develop Contextual Ministry (Missional Church Series)

 The Ministry of the Missional Church: A Community Led by the Spirit

 The Essence of the Church: A Community Created by the Spirit


Alan Roxburgh

Missional Map-Making: Skills for Leading in Times of Transition

 The Sky Is Falling: Leaders Lost in Transition

 The Missional Leader: Equipping Your Church to Reach a Changing World (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series)

 Missional: Joining God in the Neighborhood (Allelon Missional Series)


Michael Frost

Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture

 The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21 Century Church

Road to Missional, The: Journey to the Center of the Church (Shapevine)


Alan Hirsch

The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church

 Right Here, Right Now: Everyday Mission for Everyday People (Shapevine)

 The Permanent Revolution: Apostolic Imagination and Practice for the 21st Century Church

Robert Lupton

 Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It)

 Compassion, Justice and the Christian Life: Rethinking Ministry to the Poor

Reggie McNeal

 Missional Communities: The Rise of the Post-Congregati​onal Church

 The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series)

 Missional Renaissance: Changing the Scorecard for the Church (Jossey-Bass Leadership Network Series)


 Introducing the Missional Church: What It Is, Why It Matters, How to Become One (Allelon Missional Series)

by M. Scott Boren

 Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission (Re:Lit)

by Tim Chester

 When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor. . .and Ourselves

by Steve Corbett

 Unfreezing Moves: Following Jesus into the Mission Field

by William M. Easum

 The Tangible Kingdom: Creating Incarnational Community

by Hugh Halter

 Real-Life Discipleship: Building Churches That Make Disciples (Maya Davis Series)

by Jim Putman

 A Field Guide for the Missional Congregation: Embarking on a Journey of Transformation

by Richard W. Rouse

 To Transform a City: Whole Church, Whole Gospel, Whole City

by Eric Swanson

 Creating a Missional Culture: Equipping the Church for the Sake of the World

by JR Woodward


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