Despite a growing body of literature and teaching resources, the word 'missional' is a term that remains largely undefined in any specific way, even a biblical way. Michael Goheen, a leading thinker on the subject of biblical narrative seeks to provide this missing definition by deriving it from and correlating it with its use in the biblical story.
Goheen accomplishes this task in A Light to the Nations: The Missional Church and the Biblical Story. He unpacks the missional identity of the church by tracing the role God's people are called to play in the biblical story. Goheen provides this analysis pulling from the both the OT and NT, and then outlines what it means to be 'missional' in our culture. Thus, building from the biblical story, Goheen transitions into a practical theology for the church today from which it can build a mission oriented structure to serve the larger context in which it finds itself.
This is an excellent book for churches who are struggling with their identity, and who seek to reach their communities but want to support their practices with biblical principles. Thus, this book is an excellent resource for church leaders, board members, administration, and those who are contemplating church planting.