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Re-Imagining Church: Positive Ministry Responses to the Age of Experience

Rose, Gerald; Hughes, Philip J. and Bouma, Gary (2014) Re-Imagining Church: Positive Ministry Responses to the Age of Experience. Christian Research Association, Nunawading. 176pp. ISBN 9781875223794

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Abstract

Many church leaders are confused. Patterns of ministry which worked so well in the past are no longer effective. Churches which grew rapidly have ceased to grow. The culture of the Western world has changed. At its heart is a change in the nature of authority: from tradition and reason to the authority of personal experience.
This book explores the changes in culture and church life. Rev Dr Philip Hughes, the senior research officer of the Christian Research Association outlines the problem the churches are facing. Rev Gary Bouma, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Monash University, and an Anglican Priest, charts the origins of the problem.
The large part of the book is the work of Rev Dr Gerald Rose, a senior minister in the Churches of Christ in Victoria, Australia. Through careful observation and detailed interviews of ministers, he describes a range of ministry responses to the changing culture. He explores, not one solution, but many: the ministry of intentional mission, of the charismatic movement, of ministry based in relationships, and of ministry rooted in classical spirituality.
This is a book which should be read by church leaders, ministers and pastors of all denominations. It provides great insight into the nature of contemporary culture and outlines positive pathways for ministry in the Western context.

Item Type: Books / Monographs
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): Church, Ministry, Responses, Experience
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): D - Missiology
Association with University of Divinity: PTC: Pilgrim Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2017 13:27
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2017 13:27
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2570

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