The Forgotten Ways Handbook: A Practical Guide for Developing Missional Churches

Brazos, 2009
ISBN: 9781587432491


In his bestselling missional book, The Forgotten Ways, internationally known missional church expert Alan Hirsch offered a vision for the future growth of the church coming about by harnessing the power of the early church. Now, The Forgotten Ways Handbook moves beyond theory to practice, offering ways for any missionally minded person to apply the ideas contained in The Forgotten Ways to their life and ministry.

This intensely practical handbook includes many helpful tools: summary sections encapsulating the ideas contained in each chapter in a popular way; suggested practices to help readers embed missional paradigms concretely; and adult learning-based techniques and examples from other churches and organizations that enable readers to process and assimilate the ideas in a group context.

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Scripture citations link directly to English translations, and important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Key Features

  • Focuses on the call for a complete reorientation of the church
  • Rediscovers missional ecclesiology in a revolutionary way
  • Couples theological depth with creative thinking providing a new perspective for approaching the church
  • Transforms ideas learned in The Forgotten Ways and applies concepts directly to practical life


  • The Heart of It All: Jesus Is Lord
  • Disciple Making
  • The Missional-Incarnational Impulse
  • Apostolic Environment
  • Communitas, Not Community

Praise for the Print Edition

For those of you needing guidance on implementing the theoretical aspects of Alan Hirsch’s popular . . . The Forgotten Ways, this follow-up handbook is for you. . . . [The authors offer] practical examples, numerous small group discussion questions, reflection questions, action step guides, and opportunities for personal journaling. . . . Hirsch and Altclass rightly call the church back to her apostolic nature by providing this helpful practical guide. We need to read and heed their challenge. . . . Read this book, digest its contents, and make application to your setting.

Evangelical Missions Quarterly

The business of engaging in mission to the West begins with a new imagination or, as Alan says, ‘a new way of thinking.’ Imagination and thought need to be grounded in practical reality. Alan and Darryn use the classic action learning model to great effect in making profound concepts useful in the art of movement making. I like the realism which says, don’t try all of these ideas at once but use them as suggestions. This workbook could be the most helpful tool you will acquire this year.

—Martin Robinson, principal and chief executive, Springdale College

It seems that in every book he writes, Alan Hirsch puts into words what God’s Spirit is breathing into the church today. The Forgotten Ways Handbook is a wonderful tool to help leaders translate the timeless truths on which the church is built into anointed actions that bring the authentic church to life again in this generation.

—Steven M. Pike, national director, Church Multiplication Network

My friend Alan is a true genius. In The Forgotten Ways, he set out the needed impulses and environmental ingredients to catalyze a true missional movement. In this handbook, he breaks it down into simple steps that can open our eyes to see what is missing and what is working. This is not just another repackaging of content to sell more books. This is actually advancing the concepts and bringing them down into the place where they can truly ignite change. If you read The Forgotten Ways and found yourself excited but were left wondering how do I do this? You need to read and distribute this book.

Neil Cole, founder and executive director, Church Multiplication Associates

The Forgotten Ways Handbook is a crucial tool for every church planter and missional leader. This is a must read for every leader and team who wants to develop the necessary habits and practices to insure your community is on the Jesus Mission. I’m looking forward to going through this with my team!

—Dave Ferguson, lead pastor, Community Christian Church

Product Details

About the Authors

Alan Hirsch is founding director of Forge Mission Training Network and cofounder of, an international forum for engaging with world-transforming ideas. Currently he leads an innovative learning program called Future Travelers which helps mega churches become missional movements. He is the coauthor of Untamed and Right Here, Right Now. Hirsch lives in the Los Angeles area.

Darryn Altclass is a practitioner with direct, current experience in initiating and developing the incarnational approach in difficult social settings in Australia.


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