From the authors of The Shaping of Things to Come, Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost have both published new books which show a maturing and refining of their thinking about the future church. Hirsch’s The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church (Brazos 2007) focuses on the six components of a missional DNA which is at the center of what he terms “the apostolic genius.” This book gives a framework for understanding the current status of the Western church and for moving into new days of mission. He writes from a non-traditional standpoint but is a must read for leaders in traditional and non-traditional ministry settings.
Frost’s Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture (Hendrickson, 2006) also addresses the current status of the church and offers a way forward built around the metaphor of exile as expounded in the writings of Walter Brueggemann. Frost challenges us to missional action in new ways including a concern for justice, environmental care, and human rights. He also issues a strong critique of our culture-conformed church practices.