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Imagining a Renewed Story at AuburnLife: Utilising Congregational Timelines for Congregational Transformation

Cronshaw, Darren J. (2015) Imagining a Renewed Story at AuburnLife: Utilising Congregational Timelines for Congregational Transformation. In: Congregational Transformation in Australian Baptist Church Life. New Wineskins (1). Morling Press, Sydney, pp. 143-159. ISBN 9780992275525


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Drawing a congregational timeline and mapping local church history is a useful exercise for congregational transformation. It helps a church understand its story; its origins, narrative highlights, key characters, crises and values. It can also help a church see its narrative in the context of biblical tradition, church history and societal and church trends. This chapter evaluates processes for inviting a congregation to map their narrative timeline, develops and trials an exercise with AuburnLife, and evaluates the results. One result is a locally produced storyline of Auburn’s history. The appreciative inquiry questions of the exercise revealed distinctive features of the church’s history that are also values for current and future mission: especially being a leadership farm and a space for multicultural hospitality. The aim of the exercise, ultimately, is to imagine a renewed story – to utilise congregational narratives for congregational transformation. It aims to help a congregation get in touch with their own congregational narratives (using appreciative inquiry and storylines), in order to practically help the church imagine fresh vision and new mission directions.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Congregational revitalization, local church history, Baptist church, multicultural ministry, leadership development, pastoral leadership
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: C - Church History
Ministry Studies
D - Missiology
College/Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
Depositing User: Rev Prof Darren John Cronshaw
Date Deposited: 04 May 2015 05:04
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2018 01:51
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1755

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