An inspirational and compelling exploration of a spreading phenomenon that is breaking out in the most unlikely of places. As attendance in churches is in plateau or freefall, small and growing numbers of people are turning to creative and relationally connected communities that shine the light of Christ with great effect and generosity. Kingdom Communities: Shining the light of Christ through faith, hope and love examines the rise of this diverse and organic movement that is popping up in neighbourhoods, regional towns, urban slums, brothels, aged care villages, schools, churches ... indeed anywhere Using multiple case studies from across the region, Kingdom Communities explores this growing movement historically, biblically and theologically and uncovers the power of distributed networks for holistic Christian mission. In our age of disruption and rapid discontinuous change that has shaken religious institutions to their core, this book is both a challenge and major injection of hope for those who are passionate about the kingdom of God, Christian leadership, the future of ministry and the relational communities that the world desperately needs. Read this book and I guarantee you'll be deeply encouraged even before you finish the introduction God is doing something new, breathing fresh life into his people, sending them out as Kingdom Communities, embedded in neighbourhoods right across the country. And Andrew and Dean have got their finger on the pulse. Their book is not only full of stories from around Australia, it provides both the theological frame and the practical steps for launching a movement of Kingdom Communities wherever God has placed you. -Rev Dr Michael Frost, Morling College, Sydney, Author of Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian World, Incarnate: The Body of Christ in an Age of Disengagement and The Shaping of Things to Come. Dr Andrew Menzies is Principal at Stirling College - University of Divinity. Prior to this he was Senior Pastor at Camberwell Baptist and has also had pastoral, denominational and lecturing positions in Adelaide, Melbourne and in Salatiga, Java. He has served as Deputy Chancellor of the University of Divinity since 2012 as well as on a number of other Not for Profit Boards. Andrew has degrees from Victoria University, Australian College of Theology, Charles Sturt University - St Marks National Theological Centre and Fuller Theological Seminary. Dean Phelan is an Organisational Psychologist, Consultant and Spiritual Director who has recently finished as Chief Executive Officer of Churches of Christ in Queensland, a $260 Million per annum, Not for Profit organisation that oversees the integrated services of children, family, housing, aged care, churches and many other kingdom communities. Prior to this Dean co-founded and led a national consulting organisation providing human resources and organisational development services. He has served as Chair of the Council of Churches of Christ in Australia as well as on a number of other Not for Profit and For Profit Boards. Dean has degrees from University of Melbourne and Swinburne University.