Being Messy, Being Church

Exploring the direction of travel for today's church

Ian Paul

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A timely book offering theological insight and asking probing questions into the creativity, mess and gift of an extraordinary phenomenon. A challenging and inspiring read for those leading, helping or simply wanting to understand more.
+Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

Content

A series of essays by different contributors exploring what Messy Church brings to the wider church, how these different forms of church community can coexist, and what this might mean for the future of the church. Questions addressed include: What will church look like in 20 years' time? How can Messy Church help Christians unite a passion for mission with a heart for ministry? What can Messy Church and Sunday Church learn from each other?

Contents

  • Introduction: a church for all generations - Ian Paul

MESSY DEVELOPMENTS

  • Messy Church in different contexts - Karen Rooms
  • Messy teamwork: developing the faith of team members - Isabelle Hamley
  • Messy challenges: dangers and pitfalls - Greg Ross
  • Making sacred spaces in Messy Church - Jean Pienaar
  • Messy Church and the sacraments - Philip North

MESSY IMPLICATIONS

  • Messy Church in a postmodern world - Sabrina Mller
  • Messy Church and Sunday church in conversation - Mark Rylands
  • Messy Church and play - Judyth Roberts
  • The pastoral implications of Messy Church - Irene Smale
  • Messy Church and evangelism - Tim Sanderson
  • Messy Church and the challenge of making disciples - Stephen Kuhrt
  • Missional structures for missional outcomes - Tim Dakin
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Endorsements

A timely book offering theological insight and asking probing questions into the creativity, mess and gift of an extraordinary phenomenon. A challenging and inspiring read for those leading, helping or simply wanting to understand more.
+Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

Author info

The Revd Dr Ian Paul is Managing Editor at Grove Books and Director of Partnership Development at St John's College, Nottingham, where he also teaches New Testament and hermeneutics.

Reviews

Reviewed by Father Richard Peers on his blog educationpriest.wordpress.com

...I will be buying copies of Being Messy, Being Church for all my colleagues in the education team in Liverpool and recommending it to everyone who is committed to our schools contributing to Bigger Church, Bigger Difference. It is - in that over used phrase - essential reading if we are to grow as a church...

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Book details

  • ISBN: 9780857464880
  • Published: 24 March 2017
  • Status:
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
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