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The Shaping of Things Now: Mission and Innovation in Four Emerging Churches in Melbourne

Cronshaw, Darren J. (2009) The Shaping of Things Now: Mission and Innovation in Four Emerging Churches in Melbourne. Doctor of Theology thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

‘Emerging churches’ claim they express new forms of mission and innovation appropriate for post-Christendom. Using a case study approach with participant observation, interviews and surveys, this study analyses four such churches in Melbourne: Connection, Eastern Hills, Urban Life and Solace. Drawing on Peter Senge’s organisational analysis, this study concludes that at their best they are ‘learning organisations’ that foster incarnational mission, inclusive community, empowering leadership and planned change. In some areas their reality does not match the kind of rhetoric found, for example, in Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch, The Shaping of Things to Come. Significantly, the four emerging churches are not reaching as many unchurched people as their ideals suggest and some of their decision processes are haphazard. This gap between ideals and experience provides creative tension that invites ongoing evaluation and learning about the shaping of mission and leadership for 21st-century churches.

Item Type: Theses (Doctor of Theology)
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Australia, Christian mission, Christianity – 21st century, congregational studies, emerging church, innovation, leadership, missional church, mission of the church, mission to the West, organisational change, practical theology.
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220499 Religion and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Strategic Basic Research
Subjects: D - Pastoral Studies
College/Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 26 May 2009 21:15
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 23:35
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/18

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