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Church for Every Context: An Introduction to Theology and Practice [Paperback]

Michael Moynagh , Michael Mopynagh , Phillip Harrold
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22 April 2013
Fresh Expressions of Church are one of the most important developments within the contemporary church. There has been - and continues to be - much learning about how to plant Fresh Expressions of church in contemporary culture and about theological resources to support this. This is the first textbook that reflects this learning. Church in Context addresses the theology and methodology of Fresh Expressions/church planting. Topics will include ecclesiology, Fresh Expressions in the New Testament, social forces behind Fresh Expressions today, theologies to underpin fresh expressions, how fresh expressions develop, the missional dynamics involved, discipleship, worship and how Fresh Expressions can be sustained and supported.

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  • Paperback: 514 pages
  • Publisher: SCM Press (22 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0334043697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0334043690
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a brilliant work, and as invaluable as it is brilliant. A logical and mature continuation of the seminal Mission-Shaped Church report of 2004, Church for Every Context is the most insightful, informing, and instructive study I have seen to date on emergence ecclesiology and contextual church. It is, in sum, absolutely exhilarating both in its balanced, analytical content and in its vision for the future of the Church. --Phyllis Tickle, Author, The Great Emergence

About the Author

Michael Moynagh is a member of the Fresh Expressions Team with responsibility for drawing together learning about the theology and practice of Fresh Expressions. He is overall responsible for and has written or been lead author of more than ten books, including Changing World, Changing Church and Emerging church.intro. He is a contributor to Evaluating Fresh Expressions (Canterbury Press, 2008).

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By Chris
This is a serious, weighty and long (500 pages) treatment of the theology and practice of fresh expressions and emerging churches by an influential British church leader and missiologist (who is a member of the national Fresh Expressions Team). As such, it will prove essential reading for all interested in contemporary UK mission theology and practice.

The book is divided into four clear parts. The first provides a broad introduction and some background to the `fresh expressions' movement, with an overview of mission in the New Testament, a series of historical snapshots, an outline of recent church planting strategies, and a survey of some of the relevant debates in sociology as they touch upon religion, spirituality and church life.

In the second part of the book, Moynagh undertakes a deeper theological exploration of the rationale for fresh expressions, with a reflection on the purpose and nature of the church, the primacy of mission and its corporate character, an argument in favour of contextualisation, and a discussion of the homogenous unit principle.

In the third section, there is a helpful and detailed overview of a number of important theoretical and practical issues involved in `birthing' contextual churches, drawing on a wide range of theorists (Christian and secular) to explore the practices of gathering a mission community, researching opportunities, encouraging partners, and developing action-based learning and team awareness.

In the fourth section of the book, discipleship, worship, community and sustainability are explored as marks of ecclesial maturity, and Moynagh discusses ways of assessing and encouraging the growth and fuller development of contemporary fresh expressions of church.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and readable 20 Jan 2014
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Much more wide-ranging (in a good way) than I expected - and more readable. I will recommend this as a core text for my theological students.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 7 Sep 2013
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Excellent book, stuffed full of theology yet simply explained. A must for any churches which want to base their mission on sound theological values.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book 5 Feb 2014
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Really great apologetic for fresh expressions within all different contexts with excellent, comprehensive theological support and some really useful explanations of how to support the growth of contextual churches reacting to what is there not following a prescribed, pre-determined course of action. Wonderful. Toolkit for pioneers and founders of FXs
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb ! 30 Dec 2012
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At last a well researched comprehensive introduction to Fresh Expressions missiology well crafted and ery well thought through peace of work.
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