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Mission-shaped Parish: Traditional Church in a Changing World [Paperback]

Paul Bayes , Tim Sledge , etc.
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29 Oct 2009
What do the bread-and-butter things that churches regularly do look like through the lens of the values of "Mission-shaped Church"? This accessible book takes a fresh look at a typical parish church's worship, pastoral contacts, civic and public responsibilities, its faith nurturing opportunities, administration and government, and creatively points to how all of this can be seen from the point of view of God's mission.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Church House Publishing (29 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715142046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715142042
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A practical book: how to make Mission-shaped Church real in your parish. Readable, realistic, realizable." --John Finney, Former Bishop of Pontefract and one of the authors of Emmaus - the Way of Faith

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Paul Bayes is the Church of England's National Missioner and Tim Sledge is the Missioner Enable in Peterborough. John Holbrook is Rector of Wimborne Minster, Dorset. Mark Rylands is Director of the Council for Mission & Unity for Exeter Diocese. Martin Seeley is Principal of Westcott House

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This is essentially a sympathetic and worthwhile restatement of the case "for" the parish system, that has been under attack ever since "Mission-shaped Church", Nick Spencer's "Parochial Vision" and the like. Undergirding it is an argument that in essence goes like this:

1. assume the nation is made up of 10% in church, 60% or so "unchurched" (i.e. never been) and 30% "dechurched" (i.e. have been before, just not at the moment).

2. the "unchurched" is the growth area, but parishes are unable to deal with this: this is where the "fresh expressions" must come in, to meet people at this juncture

3. the parish system should be better at calling back and reinvigorating the section of "dechurched" who are still open to the call.

As Tim Sledge puts it "In 1900, 609 out of 100 children were baptized in the Church of England. by 2000, that number was 211 out of every 1,000. That is 21% - nowhere near as many, but still not a bad pond to fish in!"

Core to this idea, Sledge suggests, are the occasional offices, and Chapter 6, "The chores of grace?" is a substantive contribution to this, filled with useful ideas and fleshing out the new orthodoxy that funerals, baptisms and weddings can be effective mission opportunities, so long as they are done with strong follow-up.

All this is fine (and certainly worth stating), but what worries me is that, as numbers of baptisms and weddings decline, it's rather pinning one's hopes on a sinking ship.

And are parishes really entitled ideologically just to abrogate responsibility for the "unchurched"?
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book for a new generation and the New World of faith 3 Sep 2013
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really appreciated the insights about being the church in a postmodern, post-christian context. though the American church is energized more by our roots in fundamentalism, it is time for us to acknowledge the pressures of our increasingly post-christian context.
5.0 out of 5 stars Critical thinking for every church leader 27 April 2013
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5 stars because it takes a great look at some of the very real realities that face the church today. In a world of Facebook, twitter, Google+ (maybe?), etc the world we live in is changing...even without the realities postmodernism bring to the table. This book does a great job of considering overarching concepts that I believe have great possibilities of helping the church thrive in a day when neighbors aren't just those with the mailbox number bigger/smaller than our own.
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