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Alan Hirsch is convinced that the inherited formulas for growing the Body of Christ do not work anymore. And rather than relying on slightly revised solutions from the past, he sees a vision of the future growth of the church coming about by harnessing the power of the early church, which grew from as few as 25,000 adherents in AD 100 to up to 20 million in AD 310. Such incredible growth is also being experienced today in the church in China and other parts of the world. How do they do it?

The Forgotten Ways explores the concept of Apostolic Genius as a way to understand what caused the church to expand at various times in history, interpreting it for use in our own time and place. From the theological underpinnings to the practical application, Hirsch takes the reader through this dynamic mixture of passion, prayer, and incarnational practice to rediscover the dormant potential of the modern church in the West.
Published: Baker Publishing Group on
ISBN: 9781441200037
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It's an intellectual's book, but not in a dry kind of way. Alan isn't afraid either of coining new terminology or of importing terminology from other areas and accomodating it for use with missiology and ecclesiology. He is an expert in living systems theory and makes handy use of this field in his analysis and suggestions for the church. It is definitely not like the books you are used to reading on missiology and ecclesiology, and for that Hirsch deserves accolades. Our Aussie friend Alan Hirsch has found himself with the punctuated habit of breathing life into stale systems.Don't let the strange new terms throw you off. I suggest you pick up this book if you are at all interested in the church's system and mission.more

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It's an intellectual's book, but not in a dry kind of way. Alan isn't afraid either of coining new terminology or of importing terminology from other areas and accomodating it for use with missiology and ecclesiology. He is an expert in living systems theory and makes handy use of this field in his analysis and suggestions for the church. It is definitely not like the books you are used to reading on missiology and ecclesiology, and for that Hirsch deserves accolades. Our Aussie friend Alan Hirsch has found himself with the punctuated habit of breathing life into stale systems.Don't let the strange new terms throw you off. I suggest you pick up this book if you are at all interested in the church's system and mission.more
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