Michael Frost (minister)

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Michael Frost (born 1961) is an Australian missiologist[1] and theologian[2] who is one of the leading voices in the missional church movement.[3] Frost is the founding Director of the Tinsley Institute, a mission study centre located at Morling College in Sydney, Australia.[4][5]


Frost is the author or editor of a number of theological books, including The Shaping of Things to Come (2003),[5] Exiles (2006), The Road to Missional (2011) and Surprise the World (2016). These books explore a missional framework for the church in a post-Christendom era. Frost's work has been translated into German, Korean and Spanish. Frost is a popular inspirational speaker at Christian conferences[6][5] and has spoken at conferences in the United States, the United Kingdom and across Europe.[7]

In 1999, Frost and Alan Hirsch founded the Forge Mission Training Network, a program for training missional leaders.[8] He remains an international director of that movement which is now based in the United States.[9] In 2002, he founded the missional Christian community, smallboatbigsea, based in Manly in Sydney's north.[10] He wrote a weekly religion column for the Manly Daily from 2002 until it was axed in 2014,[11] and helped establish Action Against Poverty, a localised micro-financing agency, linking the cities of Manly and Manado in Indonesia.[12] In November 2017, Frost was arrested alongside other Australian Christian leaders after chaining themselves to the gates of the Prime Minister's Sydney residence in protest of Australia's treatment of refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island.[13][14][15]

In his 2018 book, Keep Christianity Weird, Frost calls on pastors to use eccentric and unconventional approaches in their ministry to produce "greater creativity and innovation."[7][16]

A 2017 Washington Post essay by Frost about Tim Tebow, Colin Kaepernick, and Christianity was widely reprinted. Tebow had drawn public attention for kneeling in prayer before football games, Kaepernick, for kneeling in protest. In the essay, Frost described Tebow and Kaepernick as representing two different versions of Christianity. Tebow's version is a Christianity of "personal piety, gentleness, respect for cultural mores and an emphasis on moral issues like abortion, homosexuality," while Kaepernick version "values social justice, community development, racial reconciliation and political activism." In Frost's view, this "bifurcation of contemporary Christianity into two distinct branches" with each side unable to value the moral lessons the other side offers, explains why "Christianity remains on its knees in the West."[17][18][19][20]


  • Jesus the Fool (1994; 2007; 2010)
  • Longing for Love (1996)
  • Seeing God in the Ordinary (1998; 2000)
  • Lessons from Reel Life (2001) co-authored with Robert Banks
  • Freedom to Explore (2001)
  • The Shaping of Things to Come (2003) co-authored with Alan Hirsch
  • Speaking of Mission (2006) - editor
  • Exiles (2006)
  • ReJesus (2008) co-authored with Alan Hirsch
  • The Faith of Leap (2011) co-authored with Alan Hirsch
  • The Road to Missional (2011)
  • The Big Ideas (2011)
  • Speaking of Mission Vol.2 (2013) - editor
  • Incarnate (2014) InterVarsity Press (2014)
  • Surprise the World! (2016)
  • To Alter Your World (2017) co-authored with Christiana Rice
  • Keep Christianity Weird (2018)


  1. ^ Galli, Mark (16 November 2006). "Stopping Cultural Drift". Christianity Today. p. 2. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
  2. ^ Swenson, Kyle (15 June 2018). "Sessions says the Bible justifies separating immigrant families. The verses he cited are infamous". The Washington Post. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  3. ^ Richardson, Rick (July 2013). "Emerging Missional Movements: An Overview and Assessment of Some Implications for Mission(s)". International Bulletin of Missionary Research. 36 (3): 131–136.
  4. ^ "Rev. Dr Michael Frost". Morling College. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Dillon, Pamela (13 October 2012). "Talking relevance of church today". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  6. ^ Ellsworth, Barry (10 November 2015). "What do you do when God's not on the menu?". Belleville Intelligencer. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  7. ^ a b Grysboski, Michael (3 September 2018). "Missions Expert: Churches Must 'Keep Christianity Weird,' Embrace Eccentricity". Christian Post. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  8. ^ Hammond, Kim; Cronshaw, Darren (2014). Sentness: Six Postures of Missional Christians. InterVarsity Press. p. 189.
  9. ^ "Our Story". Forge International.
  10. ^ Frost, Michael (2006). Exiles: Living Missionally in a Post-Christian Culture. Baker Books.
  11. ^ "Faith Matters column axed by Manly Daily". Covenant Christian School. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  12. ^ Frost, Michael; Hirsch, Alan (2013). The Shaping of Things to Come: Innovation and Mission for the 21st-Century Church. Baker Books. p. 291.
  13. ^ Doherty, Ben (27 November 2017). "Manus protest: Christian leaders chain themselves to Kirribilli House gate". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  14. ^ Cooper, Luke; Calvert, Alana (27 November 2017). "Christian Leaders Arrested For Kirribilli House Protest Over Manus". Huffington Post. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  15. ^ Bruce, Clare (31 August 2016). "After Nauru Files, I Couldn't Stay Silent: Rev Michael Frost". Hope 103.2. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  16. ^ Daye, Jason (11 September 2018). "Michael Frost: The Church Needs to Get Back to Being Weird". Church Leaders. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  17. ^ Stauffer, Clay (30 September 2017). "Two versions of Christianity keep us divided". The Tennessean. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  18. ^ Frost, Michael (24 September 2017). "Colin Kaepernick vs. Tim Tebow: A tale of two Christians on their knees". Washington Post. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  19. ^ Mattingly, Terry (30 September 2017). "Tebow versus Kaepernick? Really?". Bristol Herald Courier. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  20. ^ Libby, Anne (26 September 2017). "Progressive Piety and Conservative Politics: On Kaepernick, Tebow, and American Christianity". Patheos. Retrieved 7 January 2019.

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