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Church in Life

Innovation, Mission and Ecclesiology

Church in Life

Innovation, Mission and Ecclesiology

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334054511
Number of Pages: 464
Published: 30/07/2017
Width: 15.6 cm
Height: 23.4 cm

Since its publication, Church for Every Context (2012) has made a significant impact in our understanding of the theology and methodology of Fresh Expressions.

In this follow-up, Michael Moynagh develops a model of emergent innovation that combines insights from both complexity and entrepreneurship theories.

Taking account of the significant developments in practice and thinking around the emerging church, Church in Life will quickly establish itself as a key text for all interested in pioneer ministry, fresh expressions, church planting, church growth and ecclesiology.

Part 1 - Emerging Communities

1. The Nature of Emergence

2. How Do New Ecclesial Communities Emerge?

3. Founding New Ecclesial Communities

4 Reinventing the Local Church

5. Introducing Blended Denominations

6. Why Are New Ecclesial Communities Emerging? 

Part 2 - Theological Foundations

7. Missional Gifts

8. Following Jesus

9. Re-imagining the Local Church

10. Church on the Inside

11. Affinity Group Theology

12. Are They the Church?

13. What is Maturity? 

14. A Liturgical Hermeneutic for Church in Life

Part 3 - Perspectives on Method

15. Dissatisfaction: The Vocational Voyage

16. Exploration: How to Have a Great Idea

17. Sense-Making: Meaning-Full Teams 

18. Amplification: Partnerships

19. Edge of Chaos: Pressing On

20. Transformation: Making Disciples

21. Conclusion: Three Themes

Michael Moynagh

Revd Dr Michael Moynagh, based at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, works for Fresh Expressions as Director of network development and Consultant on theology and practice.

"In this lucid, searching and wise book, Michael Moynagh opens up some substantially new and nuanced ways of understanding the nature, purpose and identity of the church in today's world." -- Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford

"Michael Moynagh has become a voice of inspiration and encouragement for many priests and pastors who are part of the Missional Movement - in the UK but also far beyond its boundaries. In this present volume, Church in Life, we see all of this and more. This book is a must read for everyone interested in missional churches." -- Coenie Burger, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

"A timely, significant and constructive contribution to contemporary missiological and ecclesiological thinking, which deserves to be widely read and engaged." -- Doug Gay, Principal of Trinity College, University of Glasgow

"In this ground-breaking sequel to Church for Every Context, Michael Moynagh weaves together a wealth of insight from ‘fresh expressions’ practice and thinking to argue for a new approach. He moves past the church-planting model toward an approach to local church mission that discerns, recognises and empowers the new, living, innovative and self-giving communities which the Holy Spirit is already bringing forth. Highly recommended for practitioners, missiologists and theologians alike." -- Kirsteen Kim, Professor of Theology and World Christianity, Fuller Theological Seminary, USA

"Church in Life is an evocative title that expresses succinctly the ecclesial and therefore missional nature of Christian life. Michael Moynagh brings us up to date on a fresh missional move of God through innovative churches which are fresh expressions of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church. In so doing he informs and inspires us to live into and out of the missional identity of all of our churches." -- Ross Hastings, Sangwoo Youtong Chee Associate Professor of Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada 

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