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Churches that Inspire and Empower: A Case Study Survey of the Baptist Union of Victoria

Cronshaw, Darren J.; Powell, Ruth; Powell, Glen; Hancock, Nicole and Wilson, Stacey (2014) Churches that Inspire and Empower: A Case Study Survey of the Baptist Union of Victoria. Australian E-Journal of Theology, 21 (3). pp. 212-233. ISSN 1448-6326

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    Australian National Church Life Survey(NCLS)findings reveal that a key characteristic of vitality in church life is inspiring and empowering leadership. Drawing from analysis of NCLS 2011 survey data of Victorian Baptists, and a small set of follow-up interviews, this article discusses where Victorian Baptist churches and leaders are at their best in inspiring and empowering people: inspiring the involvement of the whole people of God in ministry and mission; encouraging and giving permission for innovation; inviting participation through identifying, utilising and supporting people’s gifts; welcoming the contribution of different cultures and abilities; and fostering transformation in the direction of the Kingdom of God. There is room for improvement in all these areas, and especially for Victorian Baptists in encouraging the gifts and contributions of members who are younger and newer to church. But where leadership that inspires to action and empowers and mobilises people’s gifts is present, churches are more likely to show health and vitality in a range of areas.

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Published Version
    Keywords (separated by commas): Church trends, empowering leadership, pastoral leadership, people of God, non-profit leadership, Baptist church, NCLS
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
    Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): C - Church History
    D - Missiology
    Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
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    Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
    Date Deposited: 08 May 2017 13:30
    Last Modified: 22 Aug 2017 16:11
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2374

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