January 23, 2021

Roxburgh Journal Interview with Mike Goheen + Resources

michael_goheen.jpgIn my continuing attempt to help others understand the missional church conversation, I’m finding some great resources on Allelon’s web site.

This Roxburgh journal interview with Missiologist and church planter Mike Goheen is full of rich insights and lots of helpful ways to see how the missional church and the traditional church can become the same church.

Goheen is a fine teacher with an ability to communicate right at the point of so many questions.

What I like about this is that Goheen understands how difficult and painful some of the changes that go along with becoming missionally empowered can be for many churches. The contrast with some of the criticisms of the missional church movement is, frankly, very sad.

Goheen has some great observations: Suburban churches have the smell of success with transfer growth, but missional churches know what real church growth looks and feels like, because it isn’t “easy”. So very true!

Goheen’s entire book on Leslie Newbigin’s missional theology is online as a pdf.

You can read more of Roxburgh’s thoughts on Goheen’s missionalism at the netcast page.

Here’s some of Goheen’s work on worldview


  1. Michael,

    Thanks. I’m just now finishing up my second book by Newbigin. The more I read from him, the more I like. He seemed to be decades ahead of the rest of us.


  2. I’ll second that, I started reading his books over 10 years ago, and I just knew that I was on to something enormous, but couldn’t quite grasp it entirely. Even went so far as to read Polanyi (gulp, falling off the shoulders of giants…)

    Related but very different – have you read Vincent Donovan’s book “Christianity Rediscovered”?

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