Church After Christendom

Church After Christendom How Will The Western Church Negotiate The Demise Of Christendom Can It Rediscover Its Primary Calling, Recover Its Authentic Ethos And Regain Its Nerve If Churches Are To Thrive Or Even Survive Disturbing Questions Need To Be Confronted And Answered In Conversation With Christians Who Have Left The Church And With Those Who Are Experimenting With Fresh Expressions Of Church, Stuart Murray Explores Both The Emerging And Inherited Church Scenes And Makes Proposals For The Development Of A Way Of Being Church Suitable For A Postdenominational, Postcommitment And PostChristendom Era With Chapters On Mission, Community And Worship, Church After Christendom Offers A Vision Of Church Life That Is Healthy, Sustainable, Liberating, Peaceful And Missional

Stuart Murray Williams works as a trainer and consultant under the auspices of the Anabaptist Network Based in Bristol, he travels widely in the UK and overseas and works with local churches, mission agencies, denominational leaders, conferences and individuals He has worked with at least 25 denominations in recent years His particular areas of expertise are in Church planting Emerging church Urban mission Mission in post Christendom Anabaptist history and theologyUnder the name Stuart Murray, he has written books on a number of topics, including The Challenge of the Citypublished by Sovereign World in 1994Explaining Church Disciplinepublished by Sovereign World in 1995Church Planting Laying Foundationspublished by Paternoster Press in 1998Hope from the Margins jointly with Anne Wilkinson Hayes published by Grove Books in 2000Biblical Interpretation in the Anabaptist Traditionpublished by Pandora Press in 2000Beyond Tithingpublished by Paternoster Press in 2000Coming Home Stories of Anabaptists in Britain and Ireland jointly with Alan Kreider published by Pandora Press in 2000Church Planting Past, Present and Future jointly with George Lings published by Grove Books in 2003Post Christendom Church and Mission in a Strange New Worldpublished by Paternoster in 2004Church after Christendompublished by Paternoster in 2005Changing Mission Learning from the Newer Churchespublished by Churches Together in Britain Ireland CTBI in 2006Church Planting in the Inner City with Juliet Kilpin published by Grove books in 2007Planting Churches A Framework for Practitionerspublished by Paternoster in 2008

[Epub] ❥ Church After Christendom Author Stuart Murray –
  • Paperback
  • 235 pages
  • Church After Christendom
  • Stuart Murray
  • English
  • 07 May 2019
  • 9781842272923

10 thoughts on “Church After Christendom

  1. says:

    Church After Christendomoriginates from a very particular place and time A place and time that is now past which isn t to say that we re not still figuring out what comes after Christendom In other words, this book is dated.Maybe the picture of the Pickle on the cover should have warned me that much of Stuart Murray s text would focus specifically on the church and culture of the UK in the late 1990s and the early 2000s Much of the book deals with specific examples and experiments in church adaptation that only make sense in the UK context.That said, Murray does provide a few useful tools for understanding churches experience in other Western context First of all, in ch 1, Murray rehashes and elaborates on the classic believing belonging behaving paradigm While this feels a bit overblown to me in the complexity he develops, the alternative po chrome configurations Murray offers at least alert the reader to the changing and complicated nature of identification and institution now.Chs 2 4 are the most UK centric of the text First Murray examines the research on why folks across the pond are joining, sticking with, and leaving congregations While some of the factors translate, many fail to make the jump from a nation with church history stretching back millennia and one maybe including a couple of centuries fewer than that here on the Northern Prairies The following two chs examine some of the fresh expressions of church, both in emerging hey dude, it s the 2000s, all over again and inherited congregations These conversations about alternative church structure feel like they have limited applicability in my NA context.While discussing emerging experiments, Murray uses three categories to explore the variety of forms Emerging congregations may be oriented around mission, community, or worship These categories each receive special reflection in chs 5 7, with a bonus ch on the need for a simple and sustainable church.Murray has an axe to grind particularly with po chrome I m really hoping that will catch on approaches to worship In his narrative, worship was the predominant emphasis during Christendom Mission and community were assumed either to be negligible or monolithic, so they were neglected Po chrome congregations will try to right this imbalance, apparently by recognizing that of the three worship is actually most dispensable.I m not sure I can follow Murray in this direction I m thankful for the correction provided by Alan and Eleanor Kreider in Worship and Mission After Christendom To me, worship structures and provides ballast for both mission and community Worship is where we tell and retell our po chrome counternarrative, where we are counter formed against the prevailing impulses of our po chrome culture.Overall, this is an okay read But I m tempted to shelve it with historical theology rather than with practical theology I suspect that in the intervening years, better and nuanced analyses of the church s situation have been produced.

  2. says:

    The first chapter is unnecessarily complicated by over nuanced definitions, most of the book is given to repetition, but Murray s insights, over all perspective, and final chapter than make up for these I believe he is precisely on point I fear, however, that the Christendom minded will appreciate the book only to co opt it in their usual way What this book advocates is not a how to grow your church program, but an analysis of shifting societal paradigms that demand a new way of being church.

  3. says:

    Welcome to where the US christian church is heading or is depending on where you live.

  4. says:

    A very insightful and important read for such a time as this

  5. says:

    Very good summary of where we re at now and why.

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