Reflection

Emerging chuch for an emerging culture

date OCTOBER 10
date Ian Mobsby (UK)

Given the assumption that we accept the validity of liquid modernity or postmodernity, then we need to face quite a challenge. Whatdoes it mean to be 'church' in such a brave new world defined by consumptionand individualism? How do we build connections between Christians in someform of relationship and what does church look, taste and smell like in a newcontext? To start with, I want to express my enthusiasm about change. Wehuman beings do not generally like change. However, I sense greatopportunities for us to be creative and inventive, to try and correct some of theinstitutional control and abuse of…

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Emerging Church a personal story

date OCTOBER 10
date Steve Hollinghurst (UK)

My early Christian years where spent in a middle of the road Anglican Church and thinking Vineyard was the best thing since sliced bread. Prior to this I was into what would now be called ‘New Age’ in a big way. In 1990 my wife and I moved to Inner City Nottingham as youth evangelists. Having done youth work in leafy Sussex this was, shall we say, a shock. It didn’t take long to realise that the teens and twenties we worked with were cultural light years from any expression of church we’d come across. Something new was needed and…

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Places of peace

date OCTOBER 10
date Mark Berry (UK)

Eighteen months ago I began ministry as Mursley Deanery Youth Worker, part of the role was to experiment with new ways of being Church with young people, from this aim has grown a Mission project known as GROWproject. The vision of the project reflects a belief that Church, as an institution is not accessible for many people who have no grounding in religious/Christian culture. Therefore the Anglican Communion needs to engage in releasing people to grow church from their own culture and with a language and symbols that reflect their own spiritual stories and God experiences. I once heard Mike…

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