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Kingdom Come: Why We Must Give Up Our Obsession
with Fixing the Church and What We Should Do Instead
by Reggie McNeal
About the Book
There's a reason Jesus taught us to pray "Thy Kingdom come . . ." and not "Thy church come." The church clearly plays an important role in God's plans. It was established by Christ, and he is its Head. But have we put too much emphasis on the church? Have we confused a means of participating in God's Kingdom with the Kingdom itself?
In Kingdom Come, church ministry consultant Reggie McNeal reveals why it's crucial to realign the church's mission with God's ultimate Kingdom agenda. You'll discover how you can get in on—and help lead—the Kingdom movement currently underway.
Join the mission to help the Kingdom break into our hearts…and break out into the world.
About the Author
Dr. Reggie McNeal enjoys helping people, leaders, and Christian organizations determine and experience epic wins in their pursuit of greater intentionality and impact. He serves as the missional leadership specialist for Leadership Network of Dallas, Texas.
Currently, Reggie is working with community leaders around the country to build cross-domain collaborative efforts that can move the needle on big societal issues. In addition, he provides coaching and consultation for individuals and teams in becoming more missionally focused and Kingdom-biased in their ministry approaches.
Reggie has helped to shape the church leadership conversation through his extensive speaking schedule and work as an author. His books include Revolution in Leadership: Creating Apostles for Tomorrow's Church (Abingdon Press, 1998), A Work of Heart: Understanding How God Shapes Spiritual Leaders (Jossey-Bass, 2000), The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church (Jossey-Bass, 2003), Practicing Greatness: Seven Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders (Jossey-Bass, 2006), Get A Life! (Broadman & Holman, 2007), Missional Renaissance: Changing the Scorecard for the Church (Jossey-Bass, 2009), Missional Communities: The Rise of the Post-Congregational Church (Jossey-Bass, 2011). His latest book is Get Off Your Donkey! Help Somebody and Help Yourself (Baker Books, 2013), a call to action and a coaching piece designed to aid individuals in making a difference in their communities and becoming more fulfilled themselves by doing so. Kingdom Come: Why and How the Church Needs to Change Our Story, scheduled for release in 2015 by Tyndale Momentum, challenges the church to shift its narrative from a church-centric to a Kingdom-centric storyline.
Reggie served in local church leadership for more than twenty years, including as founding pastor of a new congregation. His past experience includes time as a denominational executive and as a leadership development coach. Reggie has lectured or taught as adjunct faculty for multiple seminaries, including Fuller Theological (Pasadena, CA), Southwestern Baptist (Ft. Worth, TX), Golden Gate Baptist (San Francisco, CA), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL), Columbia International (Columbia, SC), and Seminary of the Southwest (Austin, TX). He has also resourced the United States Army Chief of Chaplains Office (the Pentagon), The Chaplains' Training School (Ft. Jackson), Air Force chaplains, and the Air Force Education and Training Command. Reggie's work also extends to the business sector, including the Gallup Organization. In addition to his role as an advisory board member for several ministry organizations, Reggie serves on the Board for ECHO, a nonprofit organization working to provide affordable health care options for the uninsured and underinsured through a network of quality sustainable, free, and charitable clinics across the United States.
Reggie's education includes a BA degree from the University of South Carolina and MDiv and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Reggie and his wife, Cathy, make their home in Columbia, South Carolina.