Along with The Tangible Kingdom (Halter and Smay’s first book), And: The Gathered and Scattered Church is a challenging and worthwhile book for church leaders and church planters. It’s unique and insightful. In many ways Halter and Smay are extremely balanced (a rarity among writings on the subject of missional church). This balance comes through in the title of the this book, And: The Gathered AND Scattered Church. Halter and Smay are trying to do a good job of encouraging, and challenging, but at the same time not allowing the pendulum to swing too far in one direction. I really appreciate this intention. And I can honestly say I’ve been challenged and helped by this book. If I do have one caveat: occasionally their interpretations of biblical texts seem a little rushed or short-sided. It’s not extreme, but it’s enough to make me scratch my head from time to time. Still, this is a great book with a lot of time-tested advice. Halter and Smay’s desire to reach the world and see new people become disciples is very genuine.