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Churches who Share their Faith: A Case Study Survey of the Baptist Union of Victoria

Cronshaw, Darren J.; Powell, Ruth; Hancock, Nicole; Sterland, Sam; Wilson, Stacey and Duncum, Ian (2015) Churches who Share their Faith: A Case Study Survey of the Baptist Union of Victoria. Australian eJournal of Theology, 22 (2). pp. 95-119. ISSN 1834-4682

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Abstract

Australian National Church Life Survey (NCLS) findings reveal that a key characteristic of vitality in church life is willing and effective faith-sharing. Drawing from analysis of NCLS 2011 survey data of Victorian Baptists, and a small set of follow-up interviews, this article discusses where Victorian Baptist churches are at their best in faith-sharing practices among attenders – readiness to share faith, inviting people to church and faith-sharing in families; and faith-sharing programs and activities as churches – in local church activities, evangelism training and processes for inclusion. These results are presented alongside results for participating churches of all faith traditions. There is room for improvement in all these areas, and especially for Victorian Baptists in empowering families to share faith, fostering an invitational culture and providing evangelism training. But where faith-sharing, willingness to invite and processes for inclusion are present, churches are more likely to show health and vitality in a range of areas.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Church trends, evangelism, social inclusion, youth ministry, Baptist church, NCLS
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
College/Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
Depositing User: Rev Prof Darren John Cronshaw
Date Deposited: 30 May 2016 06:26
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2018 01:31
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1990

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