The Forgotten Ways (Paperback)

    The Forgotten Ways (Paperback)

    Alan Hirsch
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    Packed with solid exegesis and theological reflection.

    How did the number of Christians in the world grow from as few as 25,000 one hundred years after Christ's death to up to 20 million in AD 310? How did the Chinese underground church grow from 2 million to over 100 million in sixty years despite considerable opposition? In The Forgotten Ways, Alan Hirsch reveals the paradigmatic insights he discovered as he delved into those questions. He then translates these findings into the context of the contemporary Western church.

    Hirsch identifies six latent potencies in God's people that lie dormant and forgotten until something catalytic prompts the rediscovery of them. These elements are clearly seen in the church during times of phenomenal growth and impact, but he suggests that they are actually always present and can be reactivated to create apostolic movement. He describes them as the centrality and lordship of Jesus, disciple making, the missional-incarnational impulse, organic systems, apostolic environment, and communitas (a type of community formed in situations of significant ordeal and/or mission).

    A key missional leader, educator, and strategist, Hirsch draws from his own experiences, as well as the experiences of ministries around the world, to provide examples of growing churches, church planting movements, and other missional projects. He further illustrates his points with charts and diagrams, as well as a glossary of terms and an index.

    You are sure to benefit from Hirsch's discoveries and his ability to put those ideas to work in contemporary churches and ministries.


    "Among the welter of 'how-to' books calling the church to this new strategy or that, The Forgotten Ways is a full-blooded and comprehensive call for the complete reorientation of the church around mission. Nothing less than the rediscovery of a revolutionary missional ecclesiology will do for Alan Hirsch. His book makes an irrefutable case for its establishment and offers the exciting, though frightening, DNA necessary for it to flourish. A master work."--Michael Frost, co-author of The Shaping of Things to Come and author of Exiles

    "This is a provocative and insightful contribution to the discovery of effective missional engagement with post-Christendom Western culture. Grounded in Alan's own experience as a missionary pastor and illustrated by examples from various places, The Forgotten Ways challenges and equips both inherited and emerging churches to recover the dynamic of a missional movement."--Stuart Murray Williams, author of Church after Christendom and Changing Mission: Learning from the Newer Churches

    "It is refreshing to read a book related to the missional church that provides theological depth coupled with creative thinking. Alan Hirsch re-establishes the essential links between Christology, missiology, and ecclesiology. The Forgotten Ways helps to rescue the concept of church from the clutches of Christendom, setting it free to become a dynamic movement in place of a dying institution."--Eddie Gibbs, co-author of Emerging Churches: Creating Christian Community in Postmodern Cultures and author of LeadershipNext: Changing Leaders in a Changing Culture

    "A fascinating and unique examination of two of the greatest apostolic movements in history (the early church and China) and their potential impact on the Western church at the dawn of the twenty-first century. Hirsch identifies and describes the primal energies of apostolic movements and describes the components that make for catalytic, spontaneous expansion. The book may well become a primary reference book for the emerging missional church."--Bill Easum, Easum, Bandy & Associates (

    About the Author

    Alan Hirsch is an international speaker and the founding director of Forge Mission Training Network. He currently co-leads Future Travelers, an innovative learning program that helps megachurches become missional movements. He is the author or co-author of numerous books, including The Shaping of Things to Come; Untamed; ReJesus; The Faith of Leap; Right Here, Right Now; and The Forgotten Ways Handbook. Hirsch is cofounder and adjunct faculty for the MA in missional church movements at Wheaton College and an adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary and George Fox Seminary, among other schools. He lives in Los Angeles, California.