My favorite book on the church and God’s mission is Total Church. I admire Steve Timmis and Tim Chester tremendously and I have learned so much from them. I can say the same for Alan Hirsch, Jeff Vanderstelt and many others that I would consider missional experts.
But eventually I had to stop listening to them.
The excellence of their stories and the transferable truths were their principles and did not always translate to good practices me and my community. Early on, I adopted their practices and tried to copy their ways in the missional movement. Over time I realized that their practices bore fruit because the labor they put into understanding their context, living into their passions and stories, and learning to apply the gospel to their specific neighbors.
Sheffield, England is different than my Chelsea neighborhood of New York and my neighborhood is different than yours.
Experts teach us principles for practical theology, but experience can teach us far more.