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Forming God’s people in the local church: A case study

Menzies, Andrew (2011) Forming God’s people in the local church: A case study. Australian Journal of Mission Studies, 5 (2). pp. 4-11. ISSN 1834-4682

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The formation of people in the local church is a source of great challenge for the west in the twenty-first century. This article develops Alasdair MacIntyre’s Aristotelian practices and Alan’s Kreider’s research on the early Church’s catechetical methods. It then records a project conducted at Camberwell Baptist Church in Melbourne that attempted to apply them in a local suburban Australian context. This was done through the development of nodes that were to practice four practices: Regular table fellowship and the breaking of bread; deep listening; hospitality to the stranger; and discernment. The three nodes referred to in this project had very different outcomes: one node never actually started; one attempted a practice with mixed success; and one embraced the practices after a long lead time and embarked on a transformative journey towards Christian formation.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: local church, formation, practices, catechesis, small groups
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: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Type of Activity: Strategic Basic Research
Subjects: Ministry Studies
D - Missiology
College/Association with University of Divinity: STC: Stirling Theological College
Depositing User: Rev'd Dr Andrew Menzies
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2013 01:40
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:12
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1212

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