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Local churches in mission through word and deed: A case study of Baptist Churches in Victoria using the National Church Life Survey

Powell, Ruth; Cronshaw, Darren J. and Sterland, Sam (2011) Local churches in mission through word and deed: A case study of Baptist Churches in Victoria using the National Church Life Survey. Australian Journal of Mission Studies, 5 (2). pp. 12-22. ISSN 1834-4682

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    Abstract

    At a time when interest in God and church is declining in Australia, Baptist churches in Victoria are responding by expressing their mission in word and deed. The National Church Life Survey 2006 shows that Victorian Baptist church participants are expressing a wide range of informal acts of service, slightly greater than average Australian church statistics and slightly greater than Victorian Baptists in 2001. There is also a significant increase in church acts of service and high levels of volunteerism. Victorian Baptists also continue to show a high commitment to faith-sharing, but their readiness to share faith is slightly declining. They express difficulty in sharing their faith in everyday language to a greater degree than average, but more frequently feel free to discuss their faith at home. The majority are open to inviting others to church, but need opportunities to connect with people outside the church. Victorian Baptists are developing more holistic expressions of mission especially with acts of service, but their evangelistic engagement in some areas is slightly declining. These NCLS findings point to the need for training and modelling of new ways for Victorian Baptists, and all Australian Christians, to be maximise the benefit of their deeds of service and to be ready and able to share their faith in meaningful ways.

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Published Version
    Keywords (separated by commas): Church in Australian Society, Baptists - Victoria, Mission, Social Justice, Evangelism
    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: Applied Research
    Subject Area(s): D - Missiology
    Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
    Depositing User: Rev Prof Darren John Cronshaw
    Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2013 12:08
    Last Modified: 15 Jul 2013 13:15
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1140

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