Missional and Alan Hirsch

Alan Hirsch clears up the word “missional” for an American audience at Leadership Journal. Good article and I totally back up Alan, not just because he is a good mate, but also because he is right. Although I would argue with Alan, most probably over a beer, that the word “emerging” and “emergent” has been used consistently for a good century NOT as a renewal movement, as Alan suggests, but rather as a description of the new forms of church in pioneer missionary (overseas) settings, and in the past 40 years to refer to the new forms of church arising as a result of intentional mission in the home countries. However, not everyone reads old mission books like us geeks and the meaning of words is always in constant flux . . . so I will cut Alan some slack.

Speaking of Alan and loving disagreements, Dan Kimball had some missional misgivings recently and Alan responded with some good . . . um . . response. Its called “Dan Kimball on Missional Church Effectiveness”.

Related: Did you ever read Alan’s book The Forgotten Ways? It’s excellent and it should be on your bookshelf. Heres more info.

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Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • What bum… it’s flatter than my husbands…! ok, i’ll check out the article. Hope your Christmas is awesome dude!

  • Alan Hirsch says:

    You are a funny man Skinny. I defer to you and your opinions–you know that!

  • Shane Tucker says:

    Hi Andrew – hope this finds you well. I’m still in search of a postal address to send this *gift* to you from your time with us. So far, email has proved unsuccessful. Would you kindly oblige me and you’ll have a nice little something extra for Christmas! IF you’re emailing, I won’t miss this opp to ask you again for any ‘Rule (Rhythm) of Life’ stuff you have (as you mentioned while here) from other communities. Thanks!

  • Johnny Laird says:

    Love the ‘toon! :-)))

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