books Following is an updated list of MY top 40 books to best provide a thorough understanding of the missional church conversation, along with practical guidance on how to engage God’s mission more fully. The list is not comprehensive. I realize I have left out some of your favorites, and there are no doubt many other great books, but these are MY favorites and/or most helpful. And if you are interested by what I mean when I use the word missional check out this four part series here: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, and Part Four.

Barrett, Lois and Darrell Guder
Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America
Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998.

Blauw, Johannes.
The Missionary Nature of the Church: A Survey of the Biblical Theology of Mission
New York: McGraw-Hill, 1962.

Bosch, David J.
Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission
Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis, 1991.

Brafman, Ori and Rod A. Beckstrom.
The Starfish and the Spider
Portfolio Trade, 2008.

Brisco, Brad and Lance Ford.
Missional Essentials 
The House Studio, 2012.

Cole, Neil.
Organic Church: Growing Faith Where Life Happens
San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2005.

Cole, Neil.
Organic Leadership
Baker Books, 2010.

Dubose, Francis.
God Who Sends: A Fresh Quest for Biblical Mission
Nashville: Broadman, 1983.

Fitch, David.
The Great Giveaway: Reclaiming the Mission of the Church from Big Business, Parachurch Organizations, Psychotherapy, Consumer Capitalism, and Other Modern Maladies
Baker Books, 2005.

Ford, Lance.
UnLeader: Reimagining Leadership…And Why We Must
Beacon Hill, 2012.

Frost, Michael and Alan Hirsch.
The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st Century Church
Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 2003.

Frost, Michael and Alan Hirsch.
ReJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church
Hendrickson Press, 2008.

Frost, Michael.
Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture
Hendrickson, 2006.

Frost, Michael.
Incarnate: The Body of Christ in an Age of Disengagement
IVP, 2014.

Gladding, Sean.
The Story of God, The Story of Us
IVP, 2010.

Guder, Darrell
The Incarnation and the Church’s Witness
Wipf & Stock, 2005.

Guder, Darrell
The Continuing Conversion of the Church
Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000.

Halter, Hugh.
FLESH: Bringing the Incarnation Down to Earth
David C. Cook, 2014.

Halter, Hugh and Matt Smay.
The Tangible Kingdom
San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008.

Halter, Hugh and Matt Smay.
And: The Gathered and Scattered Church
Zondervan, 2010.

Hauerwas, Stanley.
After Christendom? How the Church Is to Behave If Freedom, Justice, and a Christian Nation Are Bad Ideas
Nashville: Abingdon, 1991.

Hirsch, Alan.
The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church
Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2006.

Hirsch, Deb and Alan.
Untamed
Baker Books, 2010.

Hirsch, Alan and Michael Frost.
The Faith of Leap
Baker, 2011.

Hirsch, Alan and Tim Catchim.
The Permanent Revolution
Jossey-Bass, 2012.

Hunsberger, George, and Craig Van Gelder.
The Church Between Gospel and Culture: The Emerging Mission in North America
Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996.

Jones, Barry.
Dwell: Life With God For The World
IVP, 2014.

McKnight, John and Peter Block.
The Abundant Community
Berrett-Koehler, 2012.

McNeal, Reggie.
Missional Renaissance: Changing the Scorecard for the Church
San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2009.

Newbigin, Lesslie.
Foolishness to the Greeks: The Gospel and Western Culture
Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1986.

Newbigin, Lesslie.
The Gospel in a Pluralistic Society
Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1989.

Oldenburg, Ray.
The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of the Community
Marlowe & Company, 1999.

Pohl, Christine D.
Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition
Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999.

Roxburgh, Alan J.
The Sky is Falling: Leaders Lost in Transition
Eagle, Idaho: ACI Publishing, 2005.

Roxburgh, Alan.
Misisonal: Joining God in the Neighborhood
Baker, 2011.

Smith, Christopher and John Pattison
Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus
IVP, 2014.

Van Gelder, Craig.
Confident Witness – Changing World: Rediscovering the Gospel in North America
Eerdmans, 1999.

Van Gelder, Craig.
The Ministry of the Missional Church: A Community Led by the Spirit
Baker, 2007.

Woodward, J.R.
Creating a Missional Culture
Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2012.

Wright, Christopher J.H.
The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative

Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2006.