The Road to Missional: Journey to the Center of the Church

Baker, 2011
ISBN: 9780801014079


Discover a whole new way of following Jesus. It has recently become acceptable, and even fashionable, to refer to one’s church as “missional.” But many churches misunderstand the concept, thinking of “going missional” as simply being a necessary add-on to church-as-usual. This domestication of what is actually a very bold paradigm shift makes missional nothing more than one more trick to see church growth.

With a light hand and a pastoral spirit, Michael Frost points out how most of us are not quite there yet. He reestablishes the ground rules, redefines the terms accurately, and insists that the true prophetic essence of “being missional” comes through undiluted. This clear corrective will take ministry leaders from “not missional yet” to well on their way.

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Key Features

  • Analyzes what the term missional means
  • Practically helps everyone understand their place in God’s mission
  • Provides clarity to the growing missional movement


  • The Missio Dei: Seeing Mission as Bigger Than Evangelism
  • Slow Evangelism: Moving Beyond the Four Spiritual Laws
  • A Market-Shaped Church: How Membership Has Trumped Mission
  • Triumphant Humiliation: The Cross as a Missional Paradigm for Holiness
  • Breathing Shalom: Bringing Reconciliation, Justice, and Beauty to a Broken World
  • Moving into the Neighborhood: Living Out Incarnational Mission

Praise for the Print Edition

In The Road to Missional Michael Frost provides a prophetic call to examine all we do in light of the mission of God. I’m thankful to have his provocative voice in the missional conversation. Michael is a friend to the church and a man who deeply loves the mission of God.

Ed Stetzer, president, LifeWay Research

Every week or two a new missional book arrives on my desk. By and large they are getting better and better, and this one is the best one yet. It’s all here—divine origins, shifting evangelism, cross, resurrection, and holistic redemption—in accessible form. This is the first book to give someone who says ‘What is missional?’

Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University

As brilliant as Mike speaks on the Missio Dei, The Road to Missional practically helps everyone understand their place in God’s mission, the pace to which God will ask them to move, and possibilities of a life oriented away from self. This book is a must for church leaders, but is dense with beautiful stories that will give every unpaid saint reasons to live a vigorous life after the king. I hope any Christian would read this, but it’s geared for the stout-hearted!

Hugh Halter, church planter, pastor, consultant, and missionary

Mike Frost points out again why choosing missional as a destination is such a scenic route. In The Road to Missional he acts as experienced tour guide to help us know both what to look for and what we are seeing on this journey. Every church leader on the missional path will want to have this volume handy.

—Reggie McNeal, missional leadership specialist, Leadership Network

As I read Michael’s description of a missional church functioning rightly in a world that’s gone wrong, I felt myself thirsting for such an experience on a global scale. The world should see us and want Jesus--plain and simple. Unfortunately, that is quite the opposite of the current state of the church in the world. We need to consider today what Michael is saying in this book.

Neil Cole, founder and executive director, Church Multiplication Associates

The Road to Missional provides an inspired dose of clarity to the growing missional movement. It sets the stage to shift the conversation toward a deeper understanding and intentional pursuit of incarnational mission.

—Matt Smay, director, Mission Publishing

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About Michael Frost

Michael Frost is the founding director of the Tinsley Institute, a mission study center at Morling College in Sydney, Australia. He is the author of more than a dozen books including Exiles and The Road to Missional.


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