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Worship as Missional Practice

Cronshaw, Darren J. and Downes, Peter (2014) Worship as Missional Practice. Ecclesial Practices: Journal of Ecclesiology and Ethnography , 1 (2). pp. 167-191. ISSN 2214-4463


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The corporate worship gathering has been centrally important to Vineyard Churches, but the Emerging Missional Church (EMC) movement has challenged them to reconsider how corporate worship interfaces with mission. A linked series of case studies of three Australian Vineyard churches identifies several functions of the Sunday worship gathering. Worship is a ‘centripetal embrace’ for God’s people; which brings focus, community, continuity and a climax to the week. But worship as missional practice is equally about centrifugal release and the need for encouragement, equipping, empowering, direction and missional impetus. These functions are consistent with James Smith’s appeal for worship that forms disciples whose desires are shaped towards the Kingdom of God and whose imaginations are captured with a vision for being actors in God’s story.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Worship, Congregational studies, missional church, Vineyard church, qualitative research, church case study, community, Alan Hirsch, James Smith
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: D - Liturgy
D - Missiology
College/Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
Depositing User: Rev Prof Darren John Cronshaw
Date Deposited: 05 May 2015 02:14
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2018 01:39
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1756

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