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

by Alan J. Roxburgh. Jossey-Bass, 2010.
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Transitioning to a missional, outwardly-focused model of ministry requires shifts in thinking and strategies. Viewing the change process through the lens of map-making provides a fresh, engaging approach. The first seven chapters, under the title, “Why Maps No Longer Work,” examine how the certainty of past attempts no longer works in our present, rapid-change age. For example, previous principles of strategic planning fail to address today’s landscape that requires flexibility. How new, more relevant maps can be created is informed by a deep exploration of what drives change. The final three chapters outline a four-step process for making these new maps, which can be adapted to local contexts. This requires examining how environment has changed, revising core identities, emphasizing Christian practices to enhance these new identities, and pursuing collaborative relationships in the local setting. This author makes sense out of a broad spectrum of historical, cultural, and theological information. These clear perspectives reduce fear and show why new maps are needed.