Filmed live before a studio audience, with Reggie McNeal teaching in his own distinctive style, the ten sessions include:
Session One: "Preparing for the Future" a conversation designed to raise the possibility of experiencing a spiritual awakening and its implications for believers and the church
Session Two: "What Are You Looking At?" the DVD series introduction that challenges participants to turn their attention to the world around them
Session Three: "The Collapse of the Church Culture," Part One a session that examines the impact on the church of the rise of distinct generational cultures in North America
Session Four: "The Collapse of the Church Culture," Part Two a discussion that confronts participants with the reality that getting back to the Christian movement will require a deconversion from "churchianity"
Session Five: "From Church Growth to Kingdom Growth" a shift that moves our agenda from building great churches to serving our communities
Session Six: "A New Reformation: Releasing God's People" a way of thinking that turns church members into missionaries and requires that they be freed from church involvement
Session Seven: "The Return to Spiritual Formation" the need to address a fundamental need to help people grow as people, not just better church members
Session Eight: "From Planning to Preparation" a look at how churches must move beyond incremental thinking (the result of planning more of the same) into partnering with God in his redemptive mission in the world (the result of a spiritual preparation modality when getting ready for the future)
Session Nine: "The Rise of ApostolicLeadership" the reality of leadership requirements for spiritual leaders in a world that resembles A.D.30
Session Ten: "What's Next?" an exploration of what next steps might be taken by believers and churches to align themselves with God's future for them
"Be prepared to be turned upside down and shaken loose of all your old notions of what church is and should be in today's world."
George Cladis, senior pastor, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and author, Leading the Team-Based Church
"Reggie McNeal throws a lifeline to church leaders who are struggling with consumer-oriented congregations wanting church for themselves. The Present Future will recharge your passion."
Rev. Robert R. Cushman, senior pastor, Princeton Alliance Church, Plainsboro, New Jersey
Maybe you're one of those people who has a sinking feeling that all is not well with the Christian church in America. Despite the many good things we can point to, the many faithful folks who are doing their best, something just seems to be missing. What's missing, as Reggie McNeal points out in The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church, is the gritty realization that the way we are doing church is just plain wrong. And worse than wrong, it jeopardizes the church's mission. In The Present Future, Reggie McNeal reframes the issues facing the church, replacing wrong key questions with tough questions that must be asked.
In this ten-session four-DVD curriculum, best-selling author Reggie McNeal teaches participants how to recognize the six most important new realities that church leaders must face if they are to move beyond "churchianity" to a more authenticand missional Christian faith. By changing the questions church leaders ask themselves about their congregations and their mission, they can reshape the Christian movement in North America.
The package includes: 1 Leader's guide 1 Participant's guide 4 DVDs
The participant's guide may also be purchased separately.