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Improvising a Renewed Story at AuburnLife: Utilising Biblical Narrative for Congregational Transformation

Cronshaw, Darren J. (2016) Improvising a Renewed Story at AuburnLife: Utilising Biblical Narrative for Congregational Transformation. In: Cultural Diversity, Worship, and Australian Baptist Church Life. Morlign Press, Sydney, pp. 221-235. ISBN ISBN 9780992275532


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The biblical narrative is a resource for congregational worship and transformation. N.T. Wright adopts a high view of Scripture as the narrative that the church finds itself in, and suggests the mission of the church is to “improvise” how to continue the storyline of the Bible in a new context. This chapter considers the case study of how AuburnLife Baptist Church has used this approach in Sunday worship to engage with the biblical story and how it engages with our story and mission. In a post-Christian society, it is important to explore a church’s story within a foundational Christian metanarrative, and its relationship to other competing (counter-)narratives of late/post modernity. The aim of the exercise, ultimately, is to improvise a renewed story — to utilise the biblical narrative for congregational transformation. It aims to help a congregation get in touch with the biblical narrative (and how they can continue that, using the Acts 29+ metaphor of improvising the ongoing story of the mission of God), in order to enhance the formational quality of Sunday worship and help the church improvise new ways of doing church and mission.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Proofs
Keywords: Congregational transformation, missional church, N T Wright, biblical improvisation, hospitality
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: B - Biblical Studies, general
D - Liturgy
Ministry Studies
D - Missiology
College/Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
Depositing User: Rev Prof Darren John Cronshaw
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2016 00:31
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2018 01:49
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2157

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