The Missional Quest: Becoming a Church of the Long Run, By Lance Ford and Brad Brisco

The Missional Quest

Becoming a Church of the Long Run

Forge Partnership Books

by Lance Ford and Brad Brisco
Foreword by Ed Stetzer

The Missional Quest
  • Length: 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: August 26, 2013
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 4105
  • ISBN: 9780830841059

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When Christ calls people, he invites them on a journey—a journey taken together in community.

We have reached a point in history, however, when we think of the church as a fixed place where isolated individuals show up, consume a Christian message, drink some coffee, and get on with their lives. The times demand, and the gospel proclaims, that we recover our identity as a church that is a people on a quest for the kingdom of heaven, formed intimately by a loving God and called onto a long journey for the sake of our neighbors and our world.

In The Missional Quest you?ll learn how to take your church on a long run, and how to sustain yourselves and one another along the way, through the power of God for the sake of the world.

"The Missional Quest is a practical guide for how to get everyone in your church engaged in the mission of Jesus. I dream of a church where 100 percent of the people are sold-out, surrendered and serving Jesus, and Lance Ford and Brad Brisco show us how to make it happen."

Dave Ferguson, lead pastor, Community Christian Church

"Those who wonder why we need another book on missional church should read this one. Then you'll know. Lance and Brad have done a great job of putting the cookies on the shelf where we can all reach them. At this point in the movement we need this kind of practical 'how-to' guidance from coaches who have experience playing the game. These two missional leaders fit the bill."

Reggie McNeal, author of Missional Renaissance

"Not only are Brad Brisco and Lance Ford great friends, they are also highly gifted colleagues deeply involved in helping to birth and nurture the missional church in America and beyond. This is a top-class practical resource to help any community live into its own missional future."

Alan Hirsch, author of The Permanent Revolution


Foreword by Ed Stetzer
Section One
Fostering a Missional Mindset (How Should My Church be Thinking?)
1. The Starting Line: Where the Missional Journey Begins
Section Two
Fostering a Missional Posture (What Steps Are Necessary?)
2. Stop and Go: Rhythms of Inner Formation
3. AD 30 All Over Again: Emphasizing Missionary Formation
4. Won't You Be My Neighbor?: Knowing and Loving the Ones We Live Among
5. Home, Work and God's Mission: Engaging Your First and Second Places
6. Where Everybody Knows Your Name: The Importance of Third Places
7. Launching Pads: Small Groups Becoming Missional Communities
8. Follow the Follower: Developing a Missional Leadership Approach
9. Have a Great Trip: What Matters in the Long Run
Appendix: "Sending Passages" in John's Gospel
About Forge America


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Lance Ford

Lance Ford is the cofounder of KC Sentral and the Sentralized Conference. He is the author of Unleader and, with Alan Hirsch, Right Here, Right Now.

Brad Brisco

Brad Brisco is the cofounder of KC Sentral and the Sentralized Conference. He blogs at and is the coauthor, with Lance Ford, of Missional Essentials.