A Churchless Faith

Faith Journeys Beyond the Churches


Author: Alan Jamieson

Publisher: Society for Promoting Christian

ISBN: 9780281054657

Category: Religion

Page: 179

View: 2629

This text is based on research with those who have left churches but are nethertheless pursuing a journey of faith. Most of the church leavers interviewed for this text had been in their churches for over 15 years; most had held key leadership positions, and 40 per cent had been in full time theological study of church work. The text outlines how churches can help leavers and suggests a conversion between post-church groups and churches.

Kirche mit Mission

Beiträge zu Fragen des Gemeindeaufbaus


Author: Michael Herbst

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN: 3788727438

Category: Religion

Page: 275

View: 9020

Michael Herbst legt eine Einführung in den missionarischen Gemeindeaufbau vor und behandelt unter Berücksichtigung von Gegenwartsanalyse, theologischer Urteilsbildung und praktischen Handlungsperspektiven die vier Themenfelder: Grundlegendes, Geistliche Leitung, Ökumenische Impulse sowie Konversion und Gemeindeaufbau. Das Buch leistet einen Beitrag zur Diskussion über eine zukunftsfähige, lebendige und wachsende Kirche.

Life After Church

God's Call to Disillusioned Christians


Author: Brian Sanders

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830876167

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

View: 2875

Life without church. It's getting easier to imagine. And maybe you already left. A leaver, then. Committed to Jesus, not an institution. Perhaps you've left your church in spirit, remaining in the pew. Outwardly silent. Secretly bored. In either case, Brian Sanders has a word for you. Out of his own experience as a leaver, Brian distills the complex problem into two viable options: Stay. Remain in your church with the blessing of Christ and in the power of his great vision for the church to come. Take the path of revolutionary leaving. Move purposefully, seeking the kingdom of God that is beyond institutions. Whether Sunday mornings find you alone in a one-bedroom apartment or isolated in a church of thousands, Brian reminds you to keep listening for God's call. Reform the church that is Christ's. Be it from the inside out, or the outside in.

Evaluating Fresh Expressions

Explorations in Emerging Church : Responses to the Changing Face of Ecclesiology in the Church of England


Author: Louise Nelstrop,Martyn Percy

Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd

ISBN: 1853118168

Category: Religion

Page: 234

View: 7182

The Fresh Expressions initiative, a joint Anglican and Methodist venture launched in 2004, has attracted increasing interest from academics, clergy and laity, yet there is very little that offers critical reflection on it. This is the natural successor to John Hull’s useful short critique in Mission- Shaped Church: a theological response, and key authors assess the impact of mission-shaped thinking and practice from a variety of angles. An impressive line up of contributors first asks what counts as a ‘fresh expression’ and who decides. Part 1 explores what postmodern ways of viewing the world means for the way churches explore truth and uncertainty, and tradition as an evolving rather than a static enterprise. Part 2 uses real examples to examines who attends ‘fresh expressions’ and what it incarnational theology looks like in practice. Part 3 considers the implications for clergy training and whether there is a case for making ‘pioneer ministry’ a discrete type.The conclusion asks whether a ‘mixed church economy’ can really work.

Warum ich nicht mehr glaube

Wenn junge Erwachsene den Glauben verlieren


Author: Tobias Faix,Martin Hofmann,Tobias Künkler

Publisher: SCM R.Brockhaus

ISBN: 3417227100

Category: Religion

Page: 248

View: 1444

Wie verliert man seinen Glauben? Warum geht es oft jungen Leuten so? Die Autoren lassen Menschen zu Wort kommen, die sich vom Glauben abgewandt haben, und forschen nach Gründen. Sie stoßen auf Erschütterndes genauso wie auf Unverständliches, auf Herausforderndes wie Bedauernswertes. Auch wenn jeder seine eigene Geschichte hat, lassen sich doch bestimmte Leitmotive ausmachen, die zu einer Abwendung vom Glauben beitragen. Ein erhellendes Buch für Pastoren, Jugendleiter etc.

Outgrowing Church


Author: John Killinger

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621897273

Category: Religion

Page: 140

View: 2986

Why are so many people drifting away from today's churches? John Killinger suggests that part of the problem is that they have personally outpaced the thinking and understanding of the church, so that they no longer find it adequate as a social structure for the celebration of their faith. In their attempts to find Jesus and his teachings relevant within the new culture, they strike out on their own or adhere to para-Christian organizations that retain an allegiance to Jesus without the baggage of the traditional institution. Killinger, a former big-steeple minister and theologian, describes how he himself has been forced essentially to abandon the church in order to remain faithful to the beliefs and ideals that first drew him into it.

Good Faith Hunting

How Baby Boomers Help Recapture a Biblical View of Faith


Author: Henry Stewart

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621895270

Category: Religion

Page: 162

View: 2226

Church attendance in the United States and other Western nations is rapidly declining, and the losses are not solely because young people don't like church. Baby boomers are also leaving, frequently because the church leadership assumes a believer's faith and how it plays out is constant over a lifetime. Boomers are a transition generation, undergoing profound faith journeys as they transition through life's phases. Many churches struggle to connect with people on a journey because the corporate, modernist mindset doesn't have room for changes and journey. Good Faith Hunting is a book of hope for church leaders and major influencers who want to celebrate the faith journeys of baby boomers and others through life, allegiance, and experience, as an opportunity to show the love of Christ as they sojourn alongside people in their community.

Evangelicalism and the Emerging Church

A Congregational Study of a Vineyard Church


Author: Dr Cory E Labanow

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409478270

Category: Religion

Page: 156

View: 2418

With the Christian church in the west in decline, some churches are undergoing difficult transitions as they seek to become relevant, to both themselves and their surrounding cultures. Evangelicalism and the Emerging Church details an ethnographic study of a Vineyard congregation making sense of their Vineyard roots and their growing relationship with the self-proclaimed "emerging church" network. Through a rich account of congregational life and tensions, universal issues are raised such as relating to religious parentage, creating safe places for spirituality, Christian growth and maturity, communication with contemporary culture, and the challenges of identity reconstruction. This book is the first to conduct an academic study of a Vineyard congregation in the United Kingdom.

Archiv Für Religionspsychologie


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9789004140912

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 224

View: 5785

The Archiv f]r Religionspsychologie is the oldest medium in the psychology of religion. It is the official organ of the Internationale Gesellschaft f]r Religionspsychologie (International Association for the Psychology of Religion [IAPR]) founded in 1914. Following a reorganization of the IAPR in 2001, the Archiv is now published as an international, peer-reviewed yearbook. The current editorship is shared by Jacob A. Belzen, Nils G. Holm and Ralph W. Hood Jr. The Archiv f]r Religionspsychologie is open to all scientific methodologies, quantitative and qualitative as well as to established and innovative conceptual and theoretical perspectives in the psychology of religion.

Gone for Good?

Church-leaving and Returning in the Twenty-first Century


Author: Leslie J. Francis,Philip Richter

Publisher: Epworth Press


Category: Religion

Page: 360

View: 6456

Following on from their earlier research in Gone but not Forgotten and using a combination of statistical research and first-hand personal accounts, Leslie J. Francis and Philip Richter try to make sense of church-leaving. In a thought-provoking analysis they conclude that some church-leavers are likely to return, if their reasons for leaving are properly understood. 1 5 typical sets of reasons for church-leaving are identified and each section ends with a set of practical recommendations. This book proposes a new model for the contemporary church - the 'multiplex church'. The authors suggest that churches need to be flexible enough to respond to individual difference if they are to prevent and reverse church leaving.

Spiritual Abuse Recovery

Dynamic Research on Finding a Place of Wholeness


Author: Barbara M. Orlowski

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621892344

Category: Religion

Page: 246

View: 3652

What factors contribute to active Christians in ministry leaving their church and becoming exiting statistics? Every year dedicated Christian people leave churches because of spiritual abuse. The stories of people who left their home church because of a negative and hurtful experience paint a picture of a widespread occurrence which beckons consideration by church leaders and church congregants alike. Spiritual abuse, the misuse of spiritual authority to maltreat followers in the Christian Church, is a complex issue. This book shows how people processed their grief after experiencing spiritual abuse in their local church and how they rediscovered spiritual harmony. Their spiritual journey shows how one may grow through this devastating experience. This book offers a thoughtful look at the topic of spiritual recovery from clergy abuse through the eyes of those who have experienced it. It invites church leaders to consider this very real dysfunction in the Church today and aims to demonstrate a path forward to greater freedom in Christ after a season of disillusionment with church leadership.

Redefining Christian Britain

Post-1945 Perspectives


Author: Jane Garnett,Matthew Grimley,Alana Harris

Publisher: Scm Press


Category: History

Page: 308

View: 2497

Addresses the state of religion in the UK from post WWII to the new millennium, with a selection of case studies from experts in the fields of history, sociology and religious studies. This book is organised around the themes of authenticity, generation and virtue. It looks at the impact of Christianity over a range of areas of national life.


The Hidden Transformation in the Journey of Faith


Author: Alan Jamieson

Publisher: Authentic Media

ISBN: 9781842275443

Category: Religion

Page: 119

View: 1345

Christians often find their faith metamorphosing and do not know how to handle the troubling changes. Using the life-cycle of a butterfly as a metaphor Alan Jamieson helps readers to see that radical changes need not mean the death of personal faith. Instead he helps us to embrace them as part of a positive, Christian, Spirit-led journey with God.

Asian Christian Theologies: Asia region, 7th-20th centuries ; South Asia ; Austral Asia


Author: John C. England

Publisher: Orbis Books


Category: Religion

Page: 679

View: 2188

Co-sponsored by the Christian Conference of Asia, the Asian Pacific Missiology and Research Programme, Missio (Aachen) and The Council for World Mission, London, this ecumenical reference work provides information essential to every serious scholar and library of world Christianity, mission and religion in Asia. Each volume opens with an historical survey of its region then focuses on individul areas, generally by present-day nations. Along with extensive bibliographies and indexes, each volume includes brief biographies of area theologians.

The future of Pentecostalism in the United States


Author: Eric Patterson,Edmund John Rybarczyk

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780739121030

Category: Religion

Page: 226

View: 7462

One hundred years after the Azusa Street Revival stunned Los Angeles and changed Western Chriatianity, Pentecostalism has become the fastest growing religious movement in the world. However, many Pentecostal denominations in the United States are in a slow decline. Will Pentecostalism survive in North America in the twenty-first century? If so, what forms will it take?

Church Leavers

Faith Journeys Five Years on


Author: Alan Jamieson,Jenny McIntosh,Adrienne Thompson

Publisher: N.A


Category: Church membership

Page: 136

View: 7164

Investigates whether the individuals, who had left churches but continued to pursue journeys of faith, have reconnected with church, or whether they have formed or found other meaningful faith groups. This book considers their beliefs and practices, and compares and contrasts their views on prayer, mission, church, the Bible and God.


Understanding Today's Unchurched and How to Connect with Them


Author: George Barna,David Kinnaman

Publisher: Tyndale House

ISBN: 1414395981

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 8260

Churchless people are all around us: among our closest loved ones, at our workplaces, in our neighborhoods. And more and more, they are becoming the norm: The number of churchless adults in the US has grown by nearly one-third in the past decade. Yet the startling truth is that many of these people claim they are looking for a genuine, powerful encounter with God—but they just don’t find it in church. What are they (or we) missing? How can we better reach out to them? What can we say or do that would inspire them to want to join a community of faith? Containing groundbreaking new research from the Barna Group, and edited by bestselling authors George Barna (Revolution) and David Kinnaman (You Lost Me), Churchless reveals the results of a five-year study based on interviews with thousands of churchless men and women. Looking past the surface of church attendance to deeper spiritual realities, Churchless will help us understand those who choose not to be part of a church, build trust-based relationships with them, and be empowered to successfully invite them to engage.