For many people,the books of Alan Hirsch have been a gateway into the world of missional thinking. Alan has been a friend for many years, but it was The Shaping of Things to Come which he wrote with Australian missiologist and theologian, Michael Frost, that was my introduction to his writing. Alan writes with clarity and insight and is often used by God as a catalyst to cause churches to think “outside the box”–or at least outside the four walls of the building–when it comes to reaching out to the world around us.
The Forgotten Ways is another of Alan’s books. It is a foundational classic that describes the six elements of missional DNA. These six elements, Hirsch believes, are essential to the creation of transformative missional movements.
My friend, Chris Jefferies, from the UK, has written an excellent and comprehensive primer/guide that sets out Alan’s teaching in The Forgotten Ways in a simple and accessible way. Entitled, Jesus, Disciple, Mission, Church, it is designed for groups to use and provides many useful questions for discussion.
You can get his free workbook here.