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The Continuing Conversion of the Australian Church: a missional conversation with Darrell Guder

Cronshaw, Darren J. and Devenish, Stuart (2014) The Continuing Conversion of the Australian Church: a missional conversation with Darrell Guder. Pacifica, 27 (2). pp. 78-96. ISSN 1030-570X

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Abstract

The Christian church in Australia faces a challenging mission context. In our secular yet post-secular, post-Christian yet multi-religious society, Christianity is becoming increasingly marginalised. Christianity’s challenge is to rediscover its missional imperative through a process of innovative recalibration that is true its founding apostolic gospel, and also reflects the “new” cultural context in which it finds itself in 21st century Australia. This article engages in a missional conversation with Darrell Guder, a seminal thinker in the Gospel and our Culture Network, seeking insights into how the global conversation on mission might apply the Australian context. Guder visited Melbourne, Australia in May-June 2012, during which time he challenged church leaders to rediscover the missional nature of Christianity. His was a summons to the continuing conversion of the Australian church, especially focusing on the need to reimagine church around mission, reclaim the centrality of evangelism, confront the reductionism of the gospel and foster interdependence among congregations and with the global church.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Darrell Guder, gospel and culture, Gospel and our Culture Network, mission to the West, missional church, congregational renewal, evangelism, ecumenical
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
Subjects: Ministry Studies
D - Missiology
D - Pastoral Studies
College/Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
Depositing User: Rev Prof Darren John Cronshaw
Date Deposited: 07 May 2014 23:34
Last Modified: 07 May 2014 23:34
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1449

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