Missional Communities: The Rise of the Post-Congregational Church

by Reggie McNeal. Jossey-Bass, 2011.

Those searching for spiritual significance outside of the conventional congregation model may find what they are looking for in missional communities. This alternative form promotes sharing faith outside in the midst of community, where people find their interests and passions. It has recovered the street movement origins of the early New Testament community. The first two chapters give historical perspective regarding how the congregational model developed through the centuries and how the missional model differs. This model goes outward, embedding itself in the world to find out and join in on what God is doing. Subsequent chapters explore specific models, noting their rhythms and practices, how they identify and define themselves, and the creative components that have evolved. Some of these are: Soma Communities (Tacoma), Campus Renewal (University of Texas), Mission Houston, and European Style missional community. Megachurches join the conversation and see themselves playing a significant role in the movement.