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I enjoy producing practitioner-oriented resources for the local church. I am a child of and servant to the local church to this day. I produce blogs, email updates, articles, books, and tools for local church leaders.

Deep Roots, Wild Branches

Perfect for: 

  • Church leaders
  • Staff and volunteers
  • Church members seeking alignment

In these pages you’ll: 

  • Understand why current models of church are not reversing the course of church decline in the West
  • Appreciate how models can co-exist and work cooperatively on mission
  • Learn how churches can engage local communities as a united whole

About the Book

What is the future of the church in North America? Almost everywhere you turn, the story seems to be one of decline. Churches are closing faster than new ones can be planted. Existing churches engaged in effective evangelism beyond the tired tactics of attractional approaches are increasingly rare. The painful truth: internal tinkering and tweaks to the status quo will not get us to the kind of church we long for and the kind of community the world craves.

One of the major pitfalls of the past few decades is “either/or” thinking—either attractional or missional; traditional or contemporary; old or new. In Deep Roots, Wild Branches, missiologist and church planter Dr. Michael Beck contends we must cultivate what he calls a “blended ecology” of church that has both deep roots and wild branches. Drawing on biblical wisdom and emerging forms of church planting, Beck introduces us to present-day models and examples that don’t leave traditional forms behind, but harness the power of “both/and.” It honors vintage models while blending fresh expressions of real evangelism. This book serves as an introduction; consider it a bite-sized appetizer to inspire local churches to cultivate a blended ecology of church in their communities.

A Field Guide to Methodist Fresh Expressions

A distinctive Wesleyan approach to the Fresh Expression movement.

“…a form of church for our changing culture, established primarily for the benefit of those who are not yet part of any church.” This is a description of Fresh Expressions, a movement that strives to introduce people to Jesus, expand the kingdom, and revitalize churches. Pastors Michael Beck and Jorge Acevedo travel nationwide awakening congregational leaders to a distinctively Wesleyan approach to the movement, saying, in fact, that Fresh Expressions is the most “Methodist” thing in the denomination today. In A Field Guide to Methodist Fresh Expressions, they remind Wesleyans of their roots and show congregations how to bring that tradition into modern day, yet local, contexts.

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Endorsements

“Michael does not produce your typical ‘how to’ books written by an author whose core adventure ended years ago. Beck has ongoing ‘skin in the game’ and has reflected on his successes and struggles with reaching lost people and helping longtime Christians to embrace the future. His work is important and points a true way forward to help communities of faith to engage their neighbors with the Gospel.”

-Dr. Brian D. Russell (Dean and Professor of Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary’s FL-Dunnam campus in Orlando, FL)

“With rich metaphors grounded in Scriptural imagination, a focus on ‘the way’ rather than ‘models,’ and stories deeply rooted in years of pastoral experience, Beck helps his readers discover the why and how of grafting fresh expressions onto the rootstock of the inherited church.  He produces important books for pastors, laity, district superintendents and conference staff including bishops who are reaching out for God’s new way.”

-Janice Huie
UMC Bishop
South Central Jurisdiction

“There are now many signposts that are pointing to the notion that the future shape of church will and should be ‘blended’, and Michael offers a compelling argument for that.  He consistently offers important editions to the growing library of theological and missional thinking around fresh expressions of church, and his innovative and engaging approach is a breath of fresh air!”

-Phil Potter, author Pioneering a New Future, The Challenge of Change, and UK Archbishops’ Missioner and Fresh Expressions Team Leader.