How people engage with God today and how the church can help
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This book transforms thinking about church membership by replacing the division between 'members' and 'non-members' with a four-fold model of belonging. Based in extensive practical research, David Walker shows how 'belonging' can encompass a far wider group of people than those who attend weekly services. He examines belonging through relationship, through place and through events, as well as the traditional belonging through activities. He goes on to explore the opportunities for mission that emerge as a result - while also acknowledging the challenges posed for issues such as church financing.
- Introduction: an aid for mission
Part 1: How we belong
- 1 Belonging: a theological concept
- 2 Reliably regular: belonging through church activities
- 3 People power: belonging through relationships
- 4 Only the once: belonging through events
- 5 Location, location: belonging through place
- 6 The mystery of the missing vicar: an example of belonging
Part 2: Belonging for mission
- 7 What's the difference? Understanding occasional churchgoers
- 8 Together in mission: the Five Marks of Mission
- 9 Paying the piper: what has become of Anglican governance and finance?
Part 3: Who else is missing?
- 10 Types and temperaments: what is Psychological Type?
- 11 Models for motivation: exploring the world of Religious Orientation
- 12 Never on Sunday: the opportunities and challenges of Sunday worship
Whenever the church gets to talking about numbers, sooner or later someone will protest that it is not all about bums on seats, is it? Well, yes and no. As this readable and insightful book from David Walker makes clear, belonging cannot simply be measured by your attendance record. There are multiple ways of belonging to any organisation or community, and especially the church. But if instead of 'bums on seats' the church talked about 'hearts being changed' or 'lives being transformed', and once we realise that there can be no impact in our local communities and wider society unless there are at least some people who not only belong, but whose belonging shapes and directs the whole of their lives, i.e. their hearts are being changed and their lives are being transformed, then we begin to see that understanding how people belong and ministering to people in their different ways of belonging is something worth thinking about. This book will help you.
The Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell
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- ISBN: 9780857464675
- Published: 17 February 2017
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 160