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The Shaping of Things Now: Emerging Church Mission and Innovation in 21st Century Melbourne

Cronshaw, Darren J. (2009) The Shaping of Things Now: Emerging Church Mission and Innovation in 21st Century Melbourne. VDM Verlag, Saarbrücken, Germany. 316pp. ISBN 9783639211153

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    ‘Emerging churches’ claim they express new forms of mission and innovation appropriate for post-Christendom. Using a case study approach with participant-observation, interviews and surveys, this study analyses three such churches in Melbourne: Eastern Hills, Urban Life and Solace. Drawing on Peter Senge’s organisational analysis, this study concludes that at their best they are ‘learning organisations’ that foster incarnational mission, inclusive community, empowering leadership and planned change. In some areas their reality does not match the kind of rhetoric found, for example, in Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch, The Shaping of Things to Come. Significantly, the three emerging churches are not reaching as many unchurched people as their ideals suggest and some of their decision processes are haphazard. This gap between ideals and experience provides creative tension that invites ongoing evaluation and learning about the shaping of mission and leadership for 21st-century churches.

    Item Type: Books / Monographs
    Repository Version: Published Version
    Keywords (separated by commas): Missional church, innovation, leadership, change management, qualitative research, practical theology, congregational studies, mission to the West
    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 14:20
    Last Modified: 20 Jun 2014 10:57
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1162

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