In 2008, Hugh Halter and Matt Smay, co-pastors of Adullam church in Denver, wrote and published The Tangible Kingdom – Creating Incarnational Community. The book was soon followed-up with a study guide, The TK Primer. Both publications have proven to be major contributions to the missional conversation and have greatly influenced the thinking and ministries of Christ-followers and churches who are committed to reaching a post-Christendom, 21st Century world for Christ.

In February I attended the Verge 2010 conference in Austin and met a man who ministers with Hugh and Matt’s missional ministry organization, Missio. Missio exists to apprentice “people and communities of mission”. When I shared with the gentleman that I had read and posted on The Tangible Kingdom and The TK Primer, he told me that Hugh and Matt had recently written a new book that was due to be published in April. He graciously offered me a complimentary copy when the book was released. The book arrived in my mail-box yesterday.

The new book is entitled And: The Gathered And Scattered Church. A brief overview statement that introduces us to the book is found on its back cover.

Transcending forms and models, AND reveals the beautiful balance of a biblical church, one that scatters its people through incarnational communities while providing gathered structures that hold it together. No matter your present church experience, AND will inspire and equip you to find and create a church you’ve always hoped for and one that the world has been waiting for.”

Today’s churches are praying and seeking how to best reach their communities for Christ and His Kingdom. Many are struggling with the tension that exists between the institutional, attractional model of church with its traditions, programs, and structures and a more missional, organic approach to ministry.

And promises to “bring fresh encouragement to mega and micro church leaders – and everything in between – by inviting them to move beyond the attractional-missional divide.”

I look forward to reading, being encouraged by, and posting on this latest work by church practitioners, ministry mentors, and authors Hugh Halter and Matt Smay.

Read my posts on The Tangible Kingdom and The TK Primer here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

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  1. […] While talking with the Missio representative I mentioned that I had read The Tangible Kingdom and had gone through The TK Primer. After we had discussed the books he mentioned that Hugh and Matt had written a new book by the title of AND- The Gathered AND Scattered Church. The book was to be published later that spring and he offered me a complimentary copy. (See my post on that visit and a few comments about the book here.) […]

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