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THE SHAPING OF PUBLIC THEOLOGY IN EMERGING CHURCHES

Cronshaw, Darren J. (2009) THE SHAPING OF PUBLIC THEOLOGY IN EMERGING CHURCHES. Australian Journal of Mission Studies, 3 (1). pp. 17-24. ISSN 1834-4682

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    Abstract

    “Emerging churches” claim they express new forms of mission and innovation appropriate for a post-Christendom context. A major text is Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch’s The Shaping of Things to Come, which advocates pioneering such churches throughout the Western world and giving priority to incarnational mission, non-dualistic spirituality and pioneering leadership. This paper examines the basis for public theology in Frost and Hirsch, and using Frost and Hirsch as a point of reference, analyses the public theology of three churches in Melbourne as case studies: Eastern Hills, Urban Life and Solace. These emerging churches are reflecting freshly on their approach to mission. They understand mission not as a church department but as God’s mission in which they seek to participate. They are reflecting on the implications of the mission of the whole people of God. They are exploring the role of all of God’s people in mission, not just professionals, and that mission is carried out through the week and not just on Sundays. Adopting the language of everyday spirituality and a theology of vocation that helps people express mission in all of life is not unique to emerging churches, but they are particularly open to these perspectives as part of Christian mission in the public square.

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Published Version
    Keywords (separated by commas): Public theology, missional church, case study research
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
    Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
    Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): Ministry Studies
    D - Missiology
    Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
    Depositing User: Rev Prof Darren John Cronshaw
    Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2013 13:08
    Last Modified: 15 Jul 2013 13:16
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1137

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